"Lithium burns with a red flame" (95/100)
-Jan Hocek, JazzPort, CZ
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT LITHIUM
Lithium is the brand-new result of a collaboration of four talented musicians and composers, combining youthfull energy and years of experience. Lithium’s music lives from different genres, all of which are rendered by its members into a strong, unique sound.
With many tours both as leader and with trumpet player and ECM artist Tomasz Stanko, pianist and composer Alexi Tuomarila has become a fixture in many European jazz projects. His fellow countryman, drummer Jonne Taavitsainen, is one of the jazz scene’s emerging talents. Joonas Tuuri plays double bass and electric bass. In his career as a bassist, he has played in many different formations. In his youth, Joonas studied music at the Central Karelia Music Institute in eastern Finland and today studies at the Sibelius Academy’s Jazz Department.
The line-up is completed by the newest band member, the Portuguese guitarist Andre Fernandes, who already has worked 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 and Eli Degibri.
Red confirms not one, but many things – that jazz is still very much alive and being played at the highest level, that this universal language unifies us, and that it is possible to renew and maintain tradition in 2018.
André Fernandes was born in Lisbon, Portugal.
He is a very active guitar player having played/recorded with musicians like Lee Konitz, Mário Laginha, Chris Cheek, Maria João, Cyro Baptista, Ohad Talmor, Tomasz Stanko, Bernardo Sassetti, Dan Weiss, Pete Rende, Bill McHenry, Jochen Rueckert, Perico
Sambeat, Jeff Ballard, Julian Arguelles, David Binney, AviShai Cohen,
Eli Degibri, Jorge Rossy, Carlos Barreto, Akiko Pavolka, Jarmo Savolainen, Phil Markowitz and João Paulo Esteves da Silva, amongst many others.
He is a regular member of the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos (OJM) with whom he has worked with Maria Schneider, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Maria João, John Hollenbeck and Maria Rita, to name a few.
He has played extensively in Europe, the USA, South America and Africa.
He was a member and did a number of tours with the Lee Konitz New Nonet, as well as with singer Maria João´s group, and alto Perico Sambeat´s group.
He has several released albums s a leader, and has played on more than 40 records to date.
His latest record, for british label Edition Records, is called “Dream Keeper” and features Perico Sambeat, Alexi Tuomarila, Demian Cabaud and Iago Fernandez.
Finnish-born Alexi Tuomarila is a well known name in the European Jazz scene both as a pianist and as a composer. With extensive touring behind him as a leader as well as with trumpeter and ECM artist Tomasz Stanko, Tuomarila has become a regular in many European jazz projects.
Tuomarila studied classical piano from an early age, then later jazz and classical piano at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels where he graduated with a Masters degree. Tuomarila has made a considerable
impact in Europe winning numerous prizes and awards, including Monaco, Granada, Avignon and Brussels.His seven albums as a leader have brought worldwide attention and critical acclaim from the international press, fans and musicians. Pianist Alexi Tuomarila was one of the six choices for New Future Names of International Jazz made by the distinguished British jazz journalist Stuart Nicholson in Observer Magazine.
Today, Alexi is an active member in several projects in Finland, Europe and globally both solo, as band leader and as a sideman.
Drummer Jonne Taavitsainen (1988) is one of the most upcoming talents in jazz music.
Taavitsainen has international recording contracts with Challenge Records from Netherlands, as well as
from Germany with Ozella Music. At the moment he operates in bands called Lithium (with Alexi Tuomarila, Andre Fernandes and Joonas Tuuri) as well as Jonne Taavitsainen Threedom (with Joel Parvamo and Joonas Tuuri).
Jonne Taavitsainen has also collaborated with top musicians such as Andre Fernandes, Teemu Viinikainen, Aki Rissanen, Alexi Tuomarila, Kari Ikonen, Joonas Haavisto, Jori Huhtala and Ville Herrala, among others.
"There was something amazing about the way Taavitsainen was able to create numerous rhythmic miniature worlds during one single musical piece and yet, despite all this abundance, to be distinctly able to pull it all together, just to make the outcome perfectly complete and functional." -SuomiJazz.com
Joonas Tuuri is a bass player from Helsinki, Finland. He plays both double bass and electric bass. During his bass playing career he has been playing in
many types of groups. Currently most of his bands are jazz bands: Lithium, Jonne Taavitsainen Threedom, Laura Annika Quartet
Bowman Trio, Alexi Tuomarila/Manuel Dunkel Quartet, Miss Jones Swing Band.
In his youth Joonas used to study music in Keski-Karjalan Musiikkiopisto in the eastern Finland and nowadays he’s studying in the Jazz department of Sibelius-Academy.
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