What is the case here? Some people say it’s only the 90’s modern post-bop jazz spiced with a little hint of expressionism, some people just say it’s the case of Tomi Kämäräinen. The real thing in this case though is the unique personality of this Finnish drummer, who is presenting his new quartet with his own perspective on music by combining lightness and grace of modern jazz timbre with experiencing Copenhagen in vast and various pictures.
Tomi Kämäräinen (b. 1984 Leppävirta) is a Finnish jazz drummer and a composer. He has worked as musician since 2004 playing with different productions and bands all around Finland and performing with awarded musicians like Esa Pietilä and Pekka Toivanen. At the moment Kämäräinen is studying his Master’s degree at the Rythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen and preparing the debut album of his new quartet Case Kämäräinen. He’s previously released his own music in 2013 with the Groovin’ High quartet. The highlights of his career are performing with his quartet Groovin’ High in Pori Jazz festival (2014) and Leonard Bernstein’s opera Trouble In Tahiti in Finlandia Hall (2014).
Kämäräinen graduated as a music pedagogue from Savonia University of Applied Sciences in 2013. Over the years he’s been taught by many renown jazz drummers like John Reilly, Kresten Osgood, Peter Bruun, Mika Kallio, Toni Porthen and Ruy López-Nussa. Kämäräinen has worked as a teacher nearly 10 years and is currently working in Kuopio Conservatory, teaching drums, band instruments and music theory and Kainuu Conservatory, teaching upper secondary level music students. In addition Kämäräinen has been leading workshops for dementia patients and disabled in different EU funded projects (TAKUULLA YHDESSÄ!,TAKUULLA!, HYVINVOINTIVOIMALA 2014-2017) that aim to develop well-being services which utilize cultural possibilities and promote well-being and health by means of art and culture. tomikamarainen.com
Marek Konarski - (b.1992) is a Polish saxophone player who has graduated from Syddansk Musikkonservatorium in Odense and Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He won the Jazz Musician of the Year award 2015 in Fyn, Denmark. In 2012 he released his first jazz cd with the Tone Raw quartet. He’s the winner of many jazz competitions like Blue Note Jazz Competition in Poznań 2016 and Tarnów Jazz Contest 2016. Currently he’s a member of many international projects and plays with the biggest names in contemporary music: Tim Hagans, Kresten Osgood, Anders Mogensen, Jerry Bergonzi, Carl Winther, Johnny Amann, Richard Anderson. marekkonarski.com
Grzegorz Tarwid - (b.1994) has been one of the most exciting young pianists of the last years. His stage credits include gigs with many well-known Polish and Danish artists: Tomasz Dąbrowski, Maciej Obara, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Robert Landfermann, Kasper Tom Christiansen, Kresten Osgood. He has also performed in a number of countries, most recently visiting Germany and Ukraine - however he’s usually based in Denmark, where he studies at the prestigious Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. His style is influenced mostly by the 20th century classical music as well as the contemporary jazz, that you can hear on the albums of such projects as: Sundial Trio, Shelton/Tarwid/Jacobson/Berre and many more.
Petter Asbjørnsen - (b.1990) is a Norwegian bass player from a city called Larvik and he studied his bachelor in Bergen. He now lives in Copenhagen and is studying his master’s degree at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory. Petter is passionate about: NHØP, nature, Norwegian wood, Finnish turkey, Danish whiskey, romantic dinners, extended techniques on a double bass and extended deadlines for school report papers. His best friends forever are Grzegorz Tarwid, Tomi Kämäräinen and Marek Konarski.