Iro Haarla

Iro Haarla - Ante Lucem (2016)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Jan. 14, 2017
Iro Haarla - Ante Lucem (2016)

Iro Haarla - Ante Lucem
Jazz, Classical | FLAC (tracks)+cue, front cover | 66:40 min | 293 MB
Label: ECM | Tracks: 04 | Rls.date: 2016

Ante Lucem, a powerful suite for jazz quintet and symphony orchestra by Finnish pianist/harpist/composer Iro Haarla, was premiered at the Umeå Jazz Festival in October 2012. It was recorded at the Concert Hall of NorrlandsOperan in Umeå, and the album is drawn both from the premiere concert and from sessions on the following days. Ante Lucem is comprised of four separate yet closely linked pieces which reflect in different ways, the composer says, upon the "struggle between darkness and light".

Iro Haarla Sextet - Kolibri (2013)  

Posted by mark70 at Nov. 22, 2013
Iro Haarla Sextet - Kolibri (2013)

Iro Haarla Sextet - Kolibri (2013)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 61:10 min | 137 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: TUM Records

Kolibri is the first recording by the Iro Haarla Sextet, which is comprised of six highly regarded Finnish improvisers, each of whom is recognized as a leading proponent on his or her chosen instrument. They are also all leaders or co-leaders of their own highly-lauded groups. The sextet was founded in 2009. Compared to her Finnish-Norwegian quintet that has issued two well-received ECM label recordings, for Kolibri, Iro Haarla has utilized the additional compositional possibilities offered by the sextet on seven unique, multi-faceted compositions. In addition to the piano, Haarla plays chen, a Taiwanese folk instrument, on two compositions.

Iro Haarla & Pepa Päivinen - Yarra Yarra (2001)  

Posted by mark70 at July 19, 2015
Iro Haarla & Pepa Päivinen - Yarra Yarra (2001)

Iro Haarla & Pepa Päivinen - Yarra Yarra (2001)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 58:11 min | 134 MB
Genre: Jazz, Improvised Music | Label: November Music

This duet was Edward Vesala's idea. Both musicians were among his closest collaborators, pianist/harpist Iro Haarla (also his wife) for over 20 years, saxophonist Pepa Päivinen since 1984. This album, the duo's first, was recorded in December 2000, a year after the composer's untimely death. Yarra is an Australian aboriginal word meaning flowing, as in: time passes by, wounds heal, whatever happens water keeps on flowing. Half of the ten pieces included here are taken from Vesala's songbook. "Invisible Storm" constitutes a highlight, the composition moving away from jazz (even free jazz) to fall somewhere between this idiom and contemporary classical without the verbiage of Third Stream.

Iro Haarla & Ulf Krokfors - Heart of a Bird (2003)  

Posted by mark70 at July 16, 2015
Iro Haarla & Ulf Krokfors - Heart of a Bird (2003)

Iro Haarla & Ulf Krokfors - Heart of a Bird (2003)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 48:43 min | 112 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: TUM Records

Heart of a Bird is an intimate collaboration between two kindred spirits, pianist/harpist Iro Haarla and bassist Ulf Krokfors. The music represents free improvisation within a compositional framework.

Iro Haarla - Northbound (2005)  

Posted by mark70 at July 15, 2015
Iro Haarla - Northbound (2005)

Iro Haarla - Northbound (2005)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 77:20 min | 179 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: ECM

Iro Haarla may not be particularly well-known, but the Finnish pianist/harpist's influence has been felt by anyone familiar with the work of her late husband, drummer Edward Vesala. According to saxophonist Trygve Seim—who not only played with Vesala towards the end of his life, but is also part of Haarla's quintet on her ECM debut, Northbound—Haarla was an uncredited co-composer on many of Vesala's compositions.

Iro Haarla Quintet - Vespers (2011)  

Posted by mark70 at July 13, 2015
Iro Haarla Quintet - Vespers (2011)

Iro Haarla Quintet - Vespers (2011)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 60:32 min | 139 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: ECM

It's been six years since Iro Haarla released Northbound (ECM)—while not her actual debut as a leader, certainly her first with international exposure—an album of remarkable beauty that cemented the Finnish pianist/harpist/composer's position as the silent voice behind the music of her late husband, drummer Edward Vesala. There's no denying the import of Vesala's work for ECM, beginning with 1976's Nan Madol—truly a momentous album that spoke, in cinematic terms, of the landscape and culture of Finland—but, equally, a fundamental shift occurred, with the arrival of Haarla on 1987's Sound and Fury, that spoke to the impact that the young, classically trained Haarla had on the drummer's writing.

Edward Vesala - Nordic Gallery (1994) {ECM 1541}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Dec. 14, 2016
Edward Vesala - Nordic Gallery (1994) {ECM 1541}

Edward Vesala - Nordic Gallery (1994) {ECM 1541}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 435MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 207MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Ethnic Fusion

Piggybacking on 1992’s Invisible Storm, ECM maverick Edward Vesala returned with his organic collective, Sound & Fury, as our guide for Nordic Gallery. Vesala draws a thinner circle around his ensemble this time around, weaving inside it a dreamcatcher for communal freedom, as exemplified in the 11-minute “Bird In The High Room,” a menagerie of cymbals, muted horns, drums, and birdsong.

Mathias Eick - The Door (2008) [Official Digital Download 24/96]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at Sept. 26, 2016
Mathias Eick - The Door (2008) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Mathias Eick - The Door (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 49:12 minutes | 951 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Mathias Eick's resumé includes work with musicians of many styles, from Chick Corea and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra to Norwegian psychedelic rock band Motorpsycho. A primary project in the last ten years has been the jazz/progressive rock ten-piece band Jaga Jazzist: Eick's multi-instrumentalism has been an important part of that group's sound and on The Door he is also heard on vibraphone and guitar as well as trumpet, as he puts it, whatever needs to be played. Eick has appeared on two ECM recordings with Norwegian-American guitarist Jacob Young, Evening Falls and Sideways, and on Finnish harpist/pianist/composer Iro Haarla's Northbound. In 2007 he became a frontline soloist of Manu Katché's band, appearing on the best-selling Playground…
Edward Vesala and Sound & Fury - Invisible Storm (1992)

Edward Vesala and Sound & Fury - Invisible Storm (1992)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 60:36 min | 140 MB
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz | Label: ECM

More hot sounds from ECM in the Krakatau vein. Vesala's ensemble Sound & Fury offers alternating doses of sizzling Euro-fusion and more traditionally minded numbers during the full reign of INVISIBLE STORM. "Gordion's Flashes" erupts with mad symphony of horns, keyboards, and drums, suggesting Bill Bruford's Earthworks and even John Zorn's more lucid moments. And then–suddenly, unexpectedly– there's the soft, Isham-like ruminations of "Shadows on the Frontier."
Manu Katche - Playground (2007) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/44,1kHz]

Manu Katché - Playground (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 70:13 minutes | 747 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Eagerly awaited second ECM album by French-African drummer Manu Katché. Recorded in New York’s Avatar Studio in January 2007, “Playground” picks up where the best-selling “Neighbourhood” left off: in the interim the project has coalesced into a rip-roaring and fully-integrated band. Manu’s group, featuring a Polish/Norwegian confederacy of young players, is energized by his hard driving drums and by his compositions which invite spirited solos… Together, the quintet - whose strong new frontline features Mathias Eick and Trygve Seim - makes exciting, zestful music.