101 Compositions

by Mika Pohjola

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    Puttes äventyr i Blåbärsskogen - Peter in Blueberry Land:
    Johanna Grüssner - voice & choir
    Mika Pohjola - compositions, arrangements, piano, conducting
    Björn Arkö - saxophones
    Kerstin Frödin - recorder & oboe
    Arvid Jullander - bass
    Anna Lisa Mühlig - clarinet & bass clarinet
    Ida Tunkkari - violin
    Sebastian Voegler - drums

    Nu ska vi sjunga:
    Johanna Grüssner - sång/voice
    Mark Ferber - trummor/drums
    Arnold Hammerschlag - trumpet
    Mika Pohjola - övriga instrument/all other instruments

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    Tove Jansson - lyrics
    Erna Tauro - compositions
    Johanna Grüssner - voice
    David Ambrosio - bass
    Laura Arpiainen - violin
    Mark Ferber - drums
    Kerstin Frödin - recorder
    Fernando Huergo - bass
    Robert Moose - violin
    MiHee Park - violin
    Mika Pohjola - piano & composer
    Yusuke Yamamoto - percussion & flute

    Nu blir sommar:
    Johanna Grüssner - voice
    Mika Pohjola - piano

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This product is a 269-page PDF document, with four bonus songs.

One Hundred One compositions ranks as one of the most important musical statements to-date by Mika Pohjola, a Finnish-born New York jazz pianist who also writes classical music. In 2009, Pohjola was cited as one "influential pianist since 1990" by Jazz, a 700-page book on jazz history, authored by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux.

Pohjola has recorded a majority of his compositions with his own ensembles, featuring his contemporaries on the jazz scene, saxophonists Miguel Zenón, Steve Wilson and Chris Cheek, bassists Fernando Huergo and Matt Penman, guitarists Mick Goodrick and Ben Monder, and drummers Mark Ferber and Roberto Dani. He has also worked with vocalists Rigmor Gustafsson and Johanna Grüssner.

Mika Pohjola was born in Helsinki, Finland, and studied in Stockholm, Sweden before migrating to the United States at the age of twenty. At Berklee he studied with Gary Burton and Herb Pomeroy. Apart from his concert and recording activities, Pohjola has been a frequent clinician at conservatories. Pohjola is a Steinway Distinguished Artist since 1997, and a major visiting artist at Berklee College of Music since 2006.

One Hundred One compositions convey both the depth and versatility of Pohjola's pen. The stylistic references range from Renaissance music to serialism, from Bebop to Rock, and beyond. However, personal integrity is the first ingredient which profiles this large work. Released for the first time in the form of sheet music, One Hundred One compositions shares a valuable insight to Pohjola's introspective and thoughtful sound as a writer as well as an improviser.

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released December 7, 2014

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