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23.04.2022
20:00 Uhr
18.30 Uhr
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Iiro Rantala

Am 23.04.2022 im Veranstaltungshaus "Kultur Hinterm Feld"

Iiro Rantala

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Iiro Rantala is "a natural phenomenon on keys" (German jazz magazine Jazzthing); an all-rounder of whom New York-based pianist and arranger Gil Goldstein quite rightly said: "Iiro Rantala is a pianistic sensation who makes the strongest case I know to believe in reincarnation, because his pianistic technique and musical sensitivity speak of depths that appear impossible to have been achieved in this lifetime alone". Up to now, Rantala was mainly associated with the trio Töykeät, one of the weirdest, funniest and most visionary piano trios in international jazz. He sounded out all the possibilities of this formation: Sometimes playing the energetic lion on keys, sometimes the sensitive romantic or the burlesque clown. His playing blasted away all stylistic boundaries and was as uncompromised as it was entertaining, but kept together by a magical triangle: his boundless technical ability and his unmistakeable senses of humour and style. Rantala preserved his unique skills for his solo career when Töykeät broke up in 2006 after playing together for 18 years. His solo career kicked off with his 2011 ACT debut "Lost Heroes". It represents his very personal homage to all the outstanding musicians in history he is inspired by. Alongside with famous jazz musicians like Esbjörn Svensson, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans or Jaco Pastorius, he also dedicates tunes to opera singer Luciano Pavarotti or composer Jean Sibelius. Rantala avoids every sentimentality in favour of a real act of admiration and completely remains himself: One of the most competent pianists in Scandinavian jazz. The album was celebrated as on the best piano solo recordings in recent times. German newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" even called it a "masterpiece". The album also won the prestigious German Critic's award as "Jazz album of the year 2011". In June 2012 Rantala received the ECHO Jazz (German Grammy) for Best International Pianist. Rantala's new album "My History of Jazz" present his very personal view of jazz history and the role of the piano in it. The album was recorded with Lars Danielsson (bass), Morten Lund (drums) and Adam Baldych (violin).      

Iiro Rantala „Intelligenz, Humor, viel Sentiment, unvorhersehbare Ideen und feinstes Piano-Handwerk" (FAZ), der finnische Pianist Iiro Rantala ist „ein Naturereignis an den Tasten“ (Jazzthing). Er ist "ein Künstler, der sein Instrument hochmusikalisch bedienen kann, der fernab aller Schwerkraft der Hände virtuos Ausdrucksmittel benutzt, ohne etwas vorzeigen zu müssen" (Fono Forum). Mit „Lost Heroes“ feierte Rantala im Jahre 2011 ein beeindruckendes ACT Debüt. Von Deutschlands Musikjournalisten wurde dieses „Meisterstück musikalischer Heldenverehrung“ (Der Stern) mit dem Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik zum besten Jazzalbum des Jahres 2011 gekürt. Ebenfalls erhielt er dafür den ECHO Jazz 2012 in der Kategorie „Bester Pianist international“. „My Working Class Hero“, eine Hommage an John Lennon, ist sein jüngstes Werk: „Rantala gibt vertrauten Songs einen neuen Rahmen. Lässig dehnt er die Melodien, verspielt wirbelt er mit den Akkorden, aber findet dann doch immer zu Lennons Vorlage zurück. Ein Vergnügen.“ (Spiegel Online)

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Iiro Rantala (piano)

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