Tuomi & Tapio Duo: Matka CD
Karkia Mistika Records (karmi-061)
out 1/2016

Jorma Tapio: puhaltimet
Janne Tuomi: lyömäsoittimet

Abstraktin taiteen ja improvisoidun musiikin tekijöissä on paljon yhteistä. Tunkeutumalla ihmisten muistiin ja tunteisiin nämä rohkeat artistit kutsuvat yleisönsä kehässä etenevään keskusteluun, jossa yleinen ja yksityinen sulautuvat toisiinsa. Sillä pieninkin yksittäinen häivähdys tai hiljainen ääni saattaa laukaista kokijassa muistijäljen haamun jostain kaukaa menneestä.

Onnistuessaan tämä dialogi johtaa yllättäviin paljastuksiin, tuntemuksiin ja kytköksiin, jotka puolestaan tuottavat vastaanottajalle yhä uusia intiimejä ja katoamattomia elämyksiä. Tunnemuistin herättely on kuitenkin herkkää ja usein riskialtista toimintaa: taiteilijan tulee laittaa itsensä sataprosenttisesti likoon ilman mitään takeita viestin perillemenosta tai muutenkaan onnistuneesta lopputuloksesta.

Jorma Tapio ja Janne Tuomi ottavat välineikseen kuiskauksesta kirkumiseen kurottuvat puupuhaltimet ja lyömäsoittimet, jotka kutittavat, svengaavat sekä kolhivat, ja kutsuvat kuulijat kaikista kahleista vapaiden äänien matkalle. Pelottomien tutkimusmatkaajien hengessä ja omiin kattaviin sekä monipuolisiin muusikon kokemuksiinsa luottaen he kipuavat korkealle ja sukeltavat syvälle tuottaakseen elämyksiä, jotka ravistavat paitsi heitä itseään, myös kaikkia kuulijoita ytimiä myöten.

Metodi on usein raskas, mutta koska Tapio ja Tuomi tietävät, että vain aito heittäytyminen takaa rehellisen tunteen välittymisen ja pysyvän muistijäljen syntymisen, ovat he valmiita astumaan kohti tuntematonta yhtä lailla lavalla kuin julkaisuaan odottavalla debyyttilevylläänkin. Tekemisen ytimessä on usko sekä omiin että toisen kykyihin ja luottamus vastaanottajien avoimuuteen.

Jorma Tapio tunnetaan Edward Vesala Sound & Furyn pitkäaikaisena jäsenenä ja omista hankkeistaan kuten Rollin' Thunder, uusi free-trio Kaski ja Tuomari Nurmion Hullu puutarhuri -levylläkin kuultu Hugry Tribal Marching Band. Janne Tuomen skaala ulottuu improvisaatiosta kurinalaisimpiin klassisiin perkussioteoksiin. Kolme soololevyä julkaissutta lyömäsoittajaa on kuultu myös niin Circlen avantgardistisen rockin kuin Rakkan pseudo-balkanilaisen instrumentaali-iskelmänkin parissa.

Sekä isoissa että pienissä kokoonpanoissa yhteistä pohjatyötä jo kahden vuosikymmenen ajan tehnyt parivaljakko pääsee nyt nauttimaan kahdenkeskisestä reaktiivisesta ilmaisusta paitsi  itse, myös yleisön kanssa. Ja vaikka tunnelma vaihtelee haudanvakavasta hassuttelevaan, pyhästä alhaiseen ja aurinkoisesta synkeään, ei aitoudesta tingitä. Tapio/Tuomi -duo on valmis astumaan polulle, jossa sitä ennen ovat loistaneet esimerkiksi Coltrane/Ali, Brötzmann/Bennink, Vandermark/Nilssen-Love ja Gustafsson/Lovens.

Txt (c) Petri Silas, November 2015

ENG

The makers of abstract visual art and improvised music have quite a few things in common. In evoking the personal emotions and memories of the receiver they invite their audience in an ongoing cyclical discussion where the private and the public meld together. An image or a sound can trigger the ghost of a memory which comes unexpectedly to the open after being hidden away for a long time.

When successful, this interaction leads to unprecedented revelations and leaves a lasting intimate impression on the one experiencing the work. But transmitting and engaging is always a delicate, demanding and even dangerous operation for the artist. Why? Because they must bare their soul and put themselves on the line with no guarantee of any affirmative outcome.

With woodwinds ranging from a whisper to a wail and with percussion that tickles, grooves and explodes, Jorma Tapio and Janne Tuomi take that bold step and invite the listener to share their personal impression of sounds free and unbound. Like true explorers but also as weathered artists not new to the game, they dive deep and climb high in search of something novel, exciting and precious that will shake their own existence to the core.

On their debut album as a duo, Tapio and Tuomi go out on a limb because they know it is the only way to emit something honest and far reaching. And with a good two decades of interaction in various guises behind them, the reedsman and the drummer have developed a profound understanding on how to deliver the goods together. Ranging in its mood from the serious to the wanton but always remaining primal and original, this sincere offering is an important new chapter in the book begun by Coltrane/Ali and further contributed to by e.g. Brötzmann/Bennink, Vandermark/Nilssen-Love and Gustafsson/Lovens.


JORMA TAPIO

Although hailing from the South Eastern city of Mikkeli, Jorma Tapio (b. 1957) spent his childhood in Tikkurila near Helsinki where he began studying music theory and playing the piano and the violin. However, the discovery of bebop changed everything. At fifteen, the budding musician picked up the alto saxophone and began an ongoing exploration into the world of flutes, pipes and whistles.

Tapio's career as a professional musician began concurrently with his relocation to Turku at the age of 21. Soon after moving he began making waves within the local art community by working with prog rock group AD, poet Markku Into and various jazz groups. The first band Jorma could call his own was Lauantairyhmä, co-founded in 1980 with cellist Tuomas Airola and pianist Ismo Laakso.

A watershed moment came as the reedsman was 27. The hunger for new experiences brought him to Helsinki and the attention of
composer/drummer Edward Vesala. The experimental Sound & Fury workshops spawned a band of the same name with which Tapio would perform and record arduously. Aside from playing a prominent role on the group's releases beginning with the 1987 classic Lumi, he also appears on related key albums like 1988's Ritual, the debut offering by guitarist Raoul Björkenheim's Krakatau.

The four-man horn section of Sound & Fury stayed together for a decade providing Vesala and his arranger and wife Iro Haarla ample opportunity to research and develop a unique timber. During that time, the working relationship between the altist and the drummer was so strong that Tapio could be seen as something of a Sancho Panza to Vesala's Don Quixote. After the mentor passed away in 1999, he became one of the instigators of keeping the spirit alive and Sound & Fury functioning. Simultaneously with the Vesala escapades, Tapio ran the robust and versatile Hugry Tribal Marching Band and collaborated with leading Finnish rock bands and artists like Tuomari Nurmio and Sielun Veljet as well as improvising masters such as trombonist Jari Hongisto, saxophonist Pepa Päivinen and bassist Sampo Lassila.

As the new Millennium loomed on the horizon, the reedsman commenced working more with international talent, e.g. percussionist Terje Isungset and trumpter Arve Henriksen (both from Norway), trombonist Conny Bauer (from Germany), flautist James Newton (from the USA) and guitarist Keiji Haino (from Japan). In addition, he rekindled his interest of combining movement and sound through collaborations with dancers Kirsi Heimonen, Masaki Iwana and others.

With recent bands like Rollin' Thunder, the Päivinen-Tapio Quartet, Frio, the Pyörre-kvartetti, Lekkujad and Sarastus, the alto saxophonist has perfected his style almost as in preparation for two new projects that will help him reclaim his rightful place among top Nordic improvisers.

Tapio's long musical bond with drummer Janne Tuomi yields a haunting and deep duo album whereas the eponymous debut of Jorma Tapio & Kaski pairs the man with the muscular yet agile rhythm section of bassist Ville Rauhala and drummer Simo Laihonen.

Petri Silas, November 2015


JANNE TUOMI

Music in general and percussion in particular have played an important role in Janne Tuomi's life for longer than he can remember. Born in 1973 in Tampere, he was taken to concerts by his musician father already as a child. This meant Janne got firsthand experience of music ranging from Bob Dylan to The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra to The Modern Jazz Quartet to Deep Purple before turning eighteen.

With Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich, Mitch Mitchell and Buddy Miles as his primary influences, Tuomi commenced taking drum, vibraphone and classical percussion lessons at the age of twelve after studying piano, violin and music theory for six years. At that time his biggest influences were Edward Vesala, Ippe Kätkä and Milt Jackson, all of whom the budding musician had also witnessed live.

After playing with brass bands and rock groups and co-founding the hard bop team Bird's Eggs with multi-instrumentalist Kusti Vuorinen and saxophonist Masa Orpana, it took a couple of years and omnivorous preparation in varied environments for Tuomi to find his calling.

The epiphany came in 1995 through improvising with reedsman Jone Takamäki, then riding hard on the success of unique free jazz/rock band Krakatau. A little later, the deal was sealed for good after Tuomi met Jorma Tapio. The woodwind specialist became Tuomi's first de facto mentor and there was no turning back.

Close co-operation with Vuorinen and Orpana continued and work with their free jazz outfit Moksha proved an important stage for all. 1997's private lessons from Edward Vesala were also of particular significance for the percussionist's percussionist who has in addition studied with Ed Thigpen, John Bergamo, Bobby Previte and Noël Saïzonou.

After the turn of the Millennium, Tuomi has expanded hungrily and worked with e.g. avant rock team Circle and other projects led by the band's mastermind, Jussi Lehtisalo. Of particular note is the 2006 trio session with Hans-Joachim Irmler of Faust fame.

In recent years, the all-around rhythm master has also taken time to teach at the Tampere Music Academy and work with the likes of the Zagros Ensemble, the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and others in settings like the Viitasaari Time of Music, the Tampere Biennale and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.

In 2006, Tuomi became one of the co-founders of Osuma. Their own shows aside, the percussion ensemble frequently collaborates with other groups. Current triumphs include a 2012 appearance with the defunensemble at the Huddersfield festival in the UK and a 2014 performance of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Another milestone in 2006 was participating in John Zorn's Cobra workshop at the Musica Nova event in Helsinki and performing the man's compositions as part of Tuomi's first ever solo tour of Finland. Work with Vuorinen and Orpana continues with ethno-jazz-brass band Rakka. The critically acclaimed group has released the albums Soutu (2012) and Mykorritsan valtakunta (2014) and performed in e.g. London, New York and Berlin.

Janne Tuomi appears on more than 30 albums and has three solo percussion releases to his name: Approaching (2003), Resonance (2008) and elg (2009).

Petri Silas, November 2015



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