Kuva/ Photo: Maarit Kytöharju
Saxophonist, composer Innanen, Seppo Kantonen on synthesizers and Joonas Riippa on drums form the nucleus of Innkvisitio that prepares new material together. Although it is Innanen who suggests new compositions or improvisational vehicles, after that, it becomes a collective effort. The quartet is completed with a second saxophonist who is hand-picked from the international Innkvisitio pool of Fredrik Ljungkvist (SWE), or Liudas Mockunas (LIT), or Pauli Lyytinen (FIN) or Daniel Erdmann (GER).
Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio is firmly rooted in the history of jazz, yet at the same time it is boldly forward-looking - or "retro-futuristic", as Innanen himself calls it. The listener might hear echoes of Monk, Mingus and Sun Ra, but right from the start it becomes obvious that consciously seek musical areas new and uncharted. Or as Downbeat magazine put it in a concert review: "Think Ornette Coleman in a honky tonk, updated and glazed with dry Finnish wit." The band celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014 and they have released two albums.