Otherworld Ensemble – “Live at Malmitalo” (Edgetone Records, 2018)

Otherworld Ensemble - Live at Malmitalo

“Live at Malmitalo” was recently released by “Edgetone Records”. The album was recorded by Rent Romus (tenor recorder, e-trumpet, flutes, kantele), Heikki “Mike” Kosikinen (e-trumpet, tenor recorder, piano), Mikko Innanen (alto, baritone and sopranino saxophones, flutes, percussion) and Teppo Hauta-aho (double bass). These four musicians are the members of “Oherworld Ensemble”. The music of this ensemble is based on synthesis between free improvisation, avant-garde jazz, traditional Finland music and experimental music intonations. Musicians masterfully fuse together contrasting and colorful elements of different styles and create rich and innovative sound. The music of this ensemble is based on free structure, abstract musical pattern and not-strictly based form. Vivacious and colorful stylistic waves, dynamic changes, special effects, synthesis of electronics and acoustics, authentic and natural combinations of ethnic Finland music and free-jazz, fascinating musical experiments and huge range of different playing techniques and unusual timbres – all these elements are the main basic of this ensemble improvisations.

The music of this album has interesting and organic sound. It has all main elements of “Otherworld Ensemble” playing style and manner. All the music is based on contrasts – various contrasting and colorful episodes are gently cnnected together in one place. The episodes have their own playing style, techniques, mood and musical language. Vivacious and rigorous, cold, aggressive and sharp, or very soft and warm – each musician is revealing many different colors and unusual timbres. They are exploring the abilities of their instruments by using dozens of different playing techniques and unusual compilations of the instruments. Ethnic instruments of Scandinavian countries and especially Finland, are compilated together with traditional acoustic and electronic instruments. This interesting synthesis effects whole sound of the album – it makes it more bright, modern, innovative and colorful. The reeds section is based on flutes, tenor recorder, various saxophones and e-trumpets. All these instruments help musicians to build a solid and interesting melodic section, Soft, gentle and colorful flutes are highly contrasting with bright, vivacious, loud and passionate saxophones solos, interesting sounds of recorder, intensive, vibrant and turbulent blow outs and bright solos of trumpets. The melodies of reeds and brass are filled of vivacious, virtuosic and rapid passages, passionate and dramatic culminations, turbulent, energetic and rigorous blow outs, shrieky solos, low and separate whistles, repetitive tones, variable rhythmic and various special effects and unusual sounds. The melodies of reeds are formed by the free-jazz synthesis with traditional Finland and Scandinavian countries music – free, vibrant and spontaneous solos are illustrated with authentic and interesting melodic intonations and rhythmic elements of Finland music. Piano melodies are bright, vivacious and dynamic. It’s based on free improvisation, creative musical experiments, original and dynamic stylistic twists and vivacious melodies. These melodies are based on avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and mild intonations of experimental music. The music is full of contrasts and has rich and modern musical language – from the silent and subtle episodes it gets to turbulent, energetic, intensive and rapid culminations. Double bass improvisations reveal the other side of these compositions – it shows the subtle, silent and abstract side. Separate repetitive tones, variable rhythmic and harmony, silent and soft solos, abstract musical pattern, experimental ways of playing and huge range of strange and weird timbres – all these elements create absolutely different sound of the album, which is highly contrasting with other instruments. Double bass also keep firm rhythmic section and has very colorful, intensive, vivacious and dynamic excerpts, virtuosic solos and other elements. Percussion is based on interesting compilations of the traditional Scandinavian and Western Europe percussion instruments. This music is especially active, full of gorgeous and unusual timbres, extended playing expressions, experimental ways of playing and dynamic rhythmic. The msuic of this album is full of contrasts and have dynamic, innovative and interesting sound.

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