I’m so excited to play with these amazing guys and looking forward to get to play gigs with them! 🙂 The band is:
Toomas Keski-Säntti – piano
Anssi Tirkkonen – drums
Ilmari Rönkä – alto sax
Me – bass
Here’s also a video from the recording session:
”RED proves not only one but many statements – that the Jazz is still alive and very well, that no matter where we are this universal language will unite us, that it’s possible to innovate and maintain the tradition in full 2017. All of this is done here at the highest level. Bravo stuff!” (Chico Pinheiro)
”Lithium may be my new favorite group… Each instrument seemed to move on its own, in its own space. In some magical way, however, they complement each other.” (Helsingin Sanomat, FI)
Lithium is a brand new collaboration between four gifted musicians and composers that combines determination, passionate young energy and years of experience all together. The music of Lithium thrives from various different genres all of which translates through the members Alexi Tuomarila, Jonne Taavitsainen and Joonas Tuuri into a strong and unique sound.
All of this is seasoned by the fourth and newest member of the band, Portuguese top guitarist Andre Fernandes, who has collaborated with a number of top artists such as Lee Konitz, Mário Laginha, Chris Cheek, Maria Joao, Tomasz Stanko, Bill McHenry, Perico Sambeat, Jeff Ballard, Julian Arguelles, David Binney, Avishai Cohen, Eli Degibri, Jorge Rossy, just to name a few.
Alexi Tuomarila and Andre Fernandes have cooperated for years and the latest Fernandes release ”Dream Keeper”, on the label Edition Records, is featured by Tuomarila as well as Perico Sambeat, Demian Cabaud ja Iago Fernandez.
The debut album of Lithium will be released through Challenge Records in January 2018.
9.2 SaloJazz, Salo, Finland
10.2 Validi Karkia, Pori, Finland
11.2 Tenho Restobar, Helsinki, Finland
15.2 Hot Club Portugal, Lisbon
16.2 Hot Club Portugal, Lisbon
17.2 Hot Club Portugal, Lisbon
19.-20.2 Recording new album at Timbuktu Studio, Lisbon, Portugal
21.2 Ool Ya Koo, Granada, Spain
22.2 AsseJazz, Sevilla, Spain
23.2 Cordoba, Spain
24.2 Jaen Jazzy, Jaen, Spain
27.2 MASTERCLASS: Universidade de Évora, Portugal
28.2 MASTERCLASS: Escola Superior de música de Lisboa, Portugal
3.6 Malmitalo, Helsinki, Finland