Duo Esa Pietilä - Jeff “Siege” Siegel
ARC Records, USA
Press release June 3th, 2012
New York City & Helsinki meet on new album
Debut album released on Artist Recording Collective (ARC) label, USA - May 2012
“Begun in 2011, The Esa Pietilä – Jeff Siegel Duo not only bridges two cities and cultures but also brings us a new way of duo improvisations taken into action, throwing all preconceptions out the window. With New York City based drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel and saxophonist Esa Pietilä (Helsinki, Finland) the line‐up ́s talents span across a multitude of musical ideas. The upcoming album was recorded at the famous NRS Studio in New York in 2011. The album ́s name “Out Doors” reflects to multiple meanings of opening and exploring “new doors” and spaces for playing “out” and the free form improvised jazz.
Both Jeff Siegel and Esa Pietilä are widely known for their multiple projects plus improvisation skills and visionary approach to music. The upcoming album, Out Doors, finally brings together the two musicians and their original and distinctive styles of jazz and free form improvisation. The album's material contains loosely sketched pieces by Siegel and Pietilä plus pure collective improvisation.
The intense instrumentation of only drums & saxophone, brings many possibilities for new musical expression. The absence of a harmonic instrument gives more room and space for free expression with Pietilä ́s' multi‐faceted style of saxophone sound merging with the multiphonics that can be created by an experienced player ‐ massive, almost impossible sound world of the instrument’s capabilities. Drummer Siegel adds striking colours and fascinating drum textures to the common pot of their communication.
“The fact that we come from different cultural and musical backgrounds adds just the right amount of friction and tension to our music. For us, it was an extremely interesting recording, since we had not played before, but were familiar to each others style and expression. “The elements of surprise and musical risk‐taking is very much present on the album, since it was recorded with no rehearsing beforehand – the result is something very unusual. That's a risky situation to take, but sometimes that ́s the best thing to do, to be creative ,” says Pietilä.
With his bold musical vision, improvised solo saxophone concerts and ensembles Esa Pietilä Trio, the "4 Streams" Quartet and The “Brain inventory Trio” Esa Pietilä has cemented his position as a performer on both national and international circuits. He has collaborated with the likes of Mathias Eick, Heiri Kaenzig, Michael Jefry Stevens, Ron McClure, Raoul Björkenheim, Christoph Baumann, Iro Haarla, Anders Bergcrantz, Uffe Krokfors, Markku Ounaskari, Baenz Oester, Franziska Baumann, Fabian Kuratli, Mikko Innanen, Mika Kallio and many more. Pietilä has also given masterclasses on improvisation in a number of countries, including Switzerland, Austria, USA, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland.
Drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel has worked with a virtual “who’s who” of artists. Siegel’s diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record with legends such as Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Helen Merrill, Mose Allison, Dave Douglas, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Ravi Coltrane, Ryan Kisor, Steve Turre, Arthur Rhames and John Esposito. He has worked in the avant garde world as well with Wadada Leo Smith, Baikida Carroll and others. Siegel has also performed and collaborated with many European musicians including Johannes Enders, Michael Lutzeier, Esa Pietila, Jaromir Honzak, Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr, Torsten Goods, Harry Sokol, Cecile Verny and Nils Wogram. He is leader of the Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quartet. He co‐leads the groups of The Jeff Marx/Jeff "Siege" Siegel Duo and Marx, Siegel and Esposito. Siegel has been described in Jazz World Magazine as a “brilliant drummer”, while lauded in Modern Drummer for his “forward energy and abundantly attractive ideas”. “His playing is always tasteful whether it be in forceful, intense situations or in quiet, supporting roles.
Pietilä ‐ Siegel Duo: Out Doors
Esa Pietilä, saxophones
Jeff Siegel, drums, bells, gongs & percussion
1. Out Doors / 2. Waves / 3.Aurora Borealis / 4. Power Orbit / 5. The Voice Behind the Great Wall of Manitou / 6. Serpentine / 7. Road Trip / 8. Death of the Rain Forest / 9.Door to door /10. Democrats and Republicans (Left Right Dance) /11. Space Yard /12. Milky Way /13. Anthem of the Out Doors / 14. Speed Trap
Recorded: oct. 20th & 21st 2011 at NRS Recording Studios By Scott Petito, Catskill, NY. Mixed and mastered oct. 8th 2011 by Jeff Siegel & Scott Petito
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Esa Pietilä, +358 400 815007, www.esapietila.com