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Creative Music and Sound Workshop on Helsinki on 26–27 October


Saxophonist Esa Pietilä’s popular Creative Music and Sound Worksoop takes place at Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki on 26 and 27 October. Course is aimed at everyone interested in creative expression and improvisation, regardless of the genre.

The course welcomes students, amateurs and professionals, and is suitable for all instruments, composers and vocalists. The workshop will cover topics such as how to combine composed and improvised music; ensemble playing with techniques of chamber music; mixing styles of classical music, jazz, modern music and ethno, and working with sound collage. No previous experience of improvisation required. Different elements of expression and group playing (e.g. communication, improvisation, finding and working on one’s own voice and expression) will be practiced on the two-day intensive course.

The workshop is led by Finnish saxophonist-composer and improviser, Esa Pietilä (, who has gained international recognition with several projects, recordings and masterclasses. Pietilä has worked with several top-notch artists and ensembles such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Avanti! Kamariorkesteri, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Juhani Nuorvala, Eero Hämeenniemi, Pori Sinfonietta, Lappeenrannan Kaupunginorkesteri, Mikkelin Kaupunginorkesteri, UMO Jazz Orchestra, Zagros Ensemble, Veli Kujala, Raoul Björkenheim, Iro Haarla, Markku Ounaskari, Olavi Louhivuori etc.

Pietilä has taught courses at institutes and schools such as: University L´aval, Quebec City, Canada, Jamey Aebersold Jazz Program Studies, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, Bard College & Conservatory of Music, Hudson, NY, USA, Conservatory Scroppino, Trapani, Sicily, Italy, Conservatory Giuseppi Tartini, Trieste, Italy, Musichochschule Lucern, Switzerland, Reykjavik, FYI, Iceland, IASJ-Krakow, Poland, Privatuniversitet Wien, Austria, Rytmiska Konservatoriet Malmö, Sweden, Jazzdepartment of University of Graz, Austria.

Please note, that the course is limited to 25 participants - therefore it is advised to confirm one’s place for the course in advance. Please follow the instructions below.

Some of the topics of the workshop will consist of:

“Focal Breathing and Intonation” - Becoming aware and learning to control personal breath cycles. A study in how all of us have a unique, natural sound and how that applies to ensemble playing and intonation.

“Rhythm, Melody and Dynamics (RMD)” – Understanding the relationship of how RMD work together in defining how we approach playing written and improvised music. In this section we will start to put together these aspects in a totally unique piece of music.

“Non-Linear Composition and Conducting Techniques” - This program will introduce ways of writing music using various graphic notations in addition to “Gesture Conduction.” Participants will write and conduct their own “spontaneous” compositions to be played by all.

“Learning Improvisation (in small & large groups) with rhythm, sound, harmony & soundcolors” - Learning to use and adjust contrast & different textures of orchestration with communication in group playing situation. The masterclass reveals techniques and insights that one cannot learn from books etc.

The participation fee of the workshop is 200 € (not including meals or accommodation). You must submit enrolment deposit of 100 € (50% of attendance fee) when you enrol to the course. The rest of the attendance fee is payed upon arrival to the course.
Enrol HERE.

For further info please contact: Esa Pietilä / +358 (0)400815007