Saturday, 9/28/2024
at 8:00 PM



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The brilliant Finnish composer & jazz master pianist Iiro Rantala will come in late summer 2024 with his brand new HEL Trio featuring Anton Eger & Conor Chaplin for a special jazz performance at the Kulturetage.

Iiro Rantala has intensely and beautifully interpreted artists like Mozart, Gershwin, or John Lennon on albums and live performances. He has been performing solo and with orchestras worldwide for decades, and has made a mark in European music history with his piano trio - only his iconic trio Töykeät could rival e.s.t. (Esbjörn Svensson Trio) back in the days.

After about 15 years, Rantala returns to his roots in 2024 with the trio format once again - and it suits him "devilishly" well!

By his side, a British bassist Conor Chaplin from the band "Dinosaur" - nominated for the most prestigious European music award, the Mercury. And one of the most vibrant drummers in the jazz scene: the Swedish-Norwegian Anton Eger. Before attending the concert at Kulturetage, or even now, listen to their brand new debut masterpiece "Tough Stuff" - a brilliant trio!

Their music grooves like Schmizz Cat, without lacking in emotional depth. There is great virtuosity with clear lines. Eger excels in his drumming - accentuated, delicate, irresistible. Chapman uses his bass as it should: weighty and groovy. And Rantala? Sometimes the humor-filled digger in the piano and next moment, he touches with authentic pathos.

This music is powerful and already captivating and surprising on recordings - the concert experience will be magnificent!

You can't appreciate Iiro Rantala enough for his captivating performances. Be sure to come to Kulturetage on Saturday, 28.09.24! But it's Rantala's musical horizon that sets him apart - his attitude. Jazz doesn't begin for him with Armstrong or Coltrane, but with Bach - and it doesn't end with usual genre boundaries, but includes classical, pop, or rock in a playful way. With stunning technique, overflowing imagination, and his typical sense of humor.

HEL Trio, despite their experience, is not a "back-to-the-roots" trio. They are three fantastic, joyful, sensual musicians on a journey: restless, searching, compelling. Maestro Rantala has the final word: "For me, music should always move forward!"

"Great." (Stereoplay)
"Moving art." (Audio)
"A natural force at the keys." (Jazz Thing)
"A genius pianist." (Hamburger Abendblatt)
"Unpredictable ideas and finest piano craftsmanship." (FAZ)
"He manages to pack entertainment and meaning, uniqueness and wit into his music." (Die Zeit)

Doors open: 19:30h

Event data provided by: Reservix

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