Based in Helsinki, Joakim Berghäll (b. 1980) is a composer/musician allergic to all sorts of boundaries. Berghäll's main instrument is the saxophone, as in tenor, baritone, alto and soprano, but he is also very fluent with percussion, cello, bass and guitar as well.
As a composer Berghäll has mainly written music for small jazz ensembles, but also for large orchestras and chamber ensembles. All kinds of world music has also always appealed to him, which has taken him as a composer more closer to new, improvisational ethnomusic. Besides composing, giggin' and playing to dance lessons Berghäll also teaches young saxophone players at the Conservatory of Vantaa and the music camp of Nilsiä.
Recently Berghäll has been playing with i.a. Tsuumi Sound System, Auteur Jazz, Astro Can Caravan, Saarikorpi Brom, Fredator and The Kling. Previously he has also performed with UMO, Väsen, Frigg, Die Deutsche Kammerfilharmonie Orchestra, teh orchestras of Ville Leinonen and Sakari Kukko.