3 November 2006

Mika Mylläri's lullabies

By Tapani Lausti

The Finnish trumpeter and composer Mika Mylläri, a veteran of Finnish-British jazz projects and known to regular readers of these pages, has come up with a new project: lullabies in jazz form.

In a recent concert in the Sibelius museum in Turku he performed not only his arrangements of lullabies but also new arrangements of Finnish and Finland's Swedish folk music. The other arranger of this music is the band's pianist Ralf Nyqvist. The rest of the band members are the bassist Jorma Ojanperä and the drummer Tuomo Timonen.

According to a report in Turun Sanomat, the band also performed compositions by other members of the ensemble. The band's new CD is called Lullabies: Mylläri & Nyqvist Duo with Strings and Reeds (MNDUO 1).

The newspaper notes that all members of the ensemble have played in numerous successful projects, covering many styles and genres. Mylläri is not only one of Finland's leading trumpeters but is also known as an accomplished teacher, composer and arranger. Nyqvist is well-known for his compositions for theatre.

Ojanperä has since the 1980s been one of the leading bassists in Finland. Timonen has become a household name in many genres of improvised music.

See also:

Jari Perkiömäki receives jazz award

25 November 2005

Polar Jazz 2000 at Vortex

Vortex Jazz Bar Programme, 2000

Polar Jazz pianist's new CD

30 November 2001

Jazz: New moods, new sounds

17 July 2001

Pygmy Jazz breaks through

19 February 2001

Jazz life in Helsinki

12 February 2001

The art of falling in love by Ed Jones

Focus 2001

Polar Jazz: European jazz redefined by Chris Parker

Focus 2000

Kenny Wheeler hits it off with Jan Simons

27 November 2000

Britain's jazz veterans join forces with young Finns

7 August 2000

Mika Mylläri stars in Pori Jazz

17 July 2000

BURN: "Dynamic project"

30 May 2000

BURN at Vortex and Bath Jazz Festival

29 May 2000

Northern Lights over Stoke Newington

26 May 2000

Wheeler and Mikkonen open Polar Jazz at Vortex

25 May 2000

Kenny Wheeler featured in Polar Jazz

14 April 2000

Ed Jones Quintet's adventures in Finland

June 1998

"A taut front line": Jones and Mylläri tour Scotland and Finland

February 1998

Ed Jones adds Finnish flavour to his jazz band

January 1998

Finnish jazz benefits from more international contacts

January 1998


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