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Original art: Risto Luukkainen: "Cube" / Cover: Sonja Vainionpää

Album information

LabelSuolavesi Records

Sävellykset ja tuotanto: Mikael Saastamoinen
Äänitys ja miksaus: Väinö Karjalainen
Masterointi: Jaakko Viitalähde, Virtalähde Mastering
Alkuperäinen kansitaide: Risto Luukkainen: "Cube"
Kansitaide: Sonja Vainionpää



The brainchild of bassist, composer and producer Mikael Saastamoinen, Perussastamala's album LA is a stark piece of audio art by a nine-member ensemble.

Mikael Saastamoinen's sketches for contemporary, free jazz and classical music are based on graphic images - labyrinths. Each part of the maze has its own rules by which each musician operates - the music is not notated and is not merely improvised. The album, released through Tampere-based record company Suolavesi Records, was recorded in January 2018 at the Sörnäinen bomb shelter, also known as Space for Free Arts. Saastamoinen's compositions are interpreted by a wide range of expressive instrumentalists from saxophonist Mikko Innanen and clarinetist Milo Linnovaara to drummer Okko Saastamoinen.

Tom Chant, tenor saxophone
Mikko Innanen, alto and baritone saxophones
Milo Linnovaara, clarinet
Antti Salovaara, bassoon & baroque bassoon
Aino Juutilainen, cello
Tatu Ahola, baroque cello
Juho Valjakka, piano and flute
Okko Saastamoinen, drums
Mikael Saastamoinen, bass


  1. LA 1
  2. LA 2
  3. LA 3
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  5. LA 5
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  12. LA 12