The last summer was really nice with lots of activities and also some well-needed time for chilling with my great kids in Italy! I performed in Salento (the Southern part of Puglia) with my musician friends from the region, like pianist Francesco Negro, bassist Matteo Maria Maglio, and others. Salento is a heaven, cannot wait to get back!!
In July I took part (again) at the IASJ Jazz Meeting, this time in Siena, Tuscany, Italy (third time already there) and it was great. Right after the IASJ week I performed two nights in Rome with the greats Benito Gonzalez, Alessandro D'Anna and Francesco Ponticelli. The following morning we picked the legendary Eric Ineke from the airport and headed over to Pescara for a week of great music and hanging. We performed as a quartet on the last day of the Pescara Int'l SummerJazz Campus and Pescara Jazz Festival with Benito, Eric and bassist Maurizio Rolli.
I still continued my Italian trip and performed many times in Rome and again in Salento with many great musicians, like pianists Roberto Tarenzi and Domenico Sanna, bassists Stefano Cantarano and Stefano Battaglia and others. So very cool ! (Even when the temperatures tended to be around +40 C !:):)
After my return back to Finland in August I started my teaching (and commuting) routine at Karelia UAS in Joensuu. But I've had really super nice projects this fall and still continue have more, so I feel really blessed to be able to work with all these talented people!
In October I had a chance to perform in Italy again, and I enjoyed a lot playing with, for example, R. Tarenzi, Roberto Pistolesi, A.D'Anna, S.Cantarano and others. I also made lots of new friends and heard some great concerts. Rome is happening!!
Late October/early November I had the pleasure of hosting the great guitarist and composer Peter Hertmans from Belgium.
We played a concert in Piimälinna, Joensuu, with Tuure Koski on bass and Tuomas Timonen on drums. And still last week I had another concert at the Karelia UAS 25th Anniversary Celebration with some of my most talented students. It was lots of fun!
In a couple of weeks it will be my turn to visit LUCA School of Arts in Leuven, Belgium where Peter Hertmans is heading the Jazz Department. I will be performing at least on DEC 8 at ARCHIDUC, BRUSSELS, with Peter Hertmans (guitar), Sal La Rocca (bass), Lionel Beuvens (drums), and as well at
PAVLOV, DEN HAAG, with Eric Ineke (drums), Juraj Stanik (piano, Marius Beets on Dec 10.
Hope to see some of you over there! Thanks so much for reading again, have a fantastic week and continued success! Love and peace!