Joonas Haavisto Trio

Joonas Haavisto is a Finnish pianist and composer. He joined the world famous Steinway Artist roster in 2017 alongside artists that include Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett, Robert Glaspar and Brad Mehldau. As well as leading his own band, Joonas has played as a soloist with chamber orchestras and big bands. He has performed around the world in numerous venues including Tokyo Jazz Festival, Musashino Swing Hall Tokyo, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Gusman Hall Miami, Jazzpac at Lincoln University, Les Boréales Festival France and Pori Jazz Festival.

Nordic sound with a twist of Bach and hip hop

"Joonas Haavisto is one of the most talented pianists of his generation."
Der Spiegel

Haavisto’s compositions are based on beautiful melodies while the music still explores free elements and multilayered, surprising rhythmic motifs. Joonas Haavisto Trio has been playing together for over ten years and this special relationship and subtly shine through: “…the trio’s real thrill lies in its unique balance and those breathtaking moments in their nuanced playing" (Jazz Critiques Magazine).

Joonas Haavisto began his musical studies at the age of seven at the Conservatory of his home town Kokkola. He played the classical double bass and sang in a boys’ choir before his first jazz piano lessons with Sid Hille at the age of sixteen. After graduating from high school and doing military service Joonas entered the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki in 2002, where he studied jazz piano and composing. In 2005 Joonas got a scholarship from the Sibelius-Academy for his studies in the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. After moving back to Finland Joonas has played with many of the finest jazz musicians in the world such as Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Watrous, Michael Formanek, Jonathan Kreisberg and Tivon Pennicott.

Haavisto composed and played the piano music for The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki movie, which won the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes Film Festival 2016.

Society of Sound are lucky enough to have the opportunity to preview of  ‘Gradation’, the trio’s latest album, before its worldwide release in the spring 2019 by Germany-based label Membran.

Joonas talks about the making of ‘Gradation’: “We recorded the album at Kallio-Kuninkala studios in Järvenpää. It is an area 50km north from Helsinki of beautiful countryside located by a lake. There are many old mansions, where a number of famous Finnish artists used to live in the beginning of 20th century. Kallio-Kuninkala is one of them, next to Ainola, which was home of Jean Sibelius. The studio is built in an old cattle shed. Although we play in separate rooms - the Steinway grand in the biggest room with drums and bass in smaller ones - we still perform and record everything together.”

Line up
Joonas Haavisto, piano
Antti Lötjönen, double bass
Joonas Riippa, drums

(Antti Lötjönen uses ribbon mics made in Finland called Sandhill.)

Society of Sound members download the album here


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