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Paivinen, Pepa: Personal Breath (Orbit577)

Bringing to life the story of an event that changed the course of Finland's 1918 civil war, taking listeners on a narrative journey of haunting beauty and power presented through a layering of chamber composition and improvisation, from the duo of Pepa Paivinen performing on flutes, woodwinds & Seagull Merlin dulcimer and drummer/percussionist Jussi Miettola.

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UPC: 755491216668

Label: Orbit577
Catalog ID: CD-ORB5-OR5032
Squidco Product Code: 31194

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in Sipoo, Finland, in Janurary, 2021, by Jussi Miettola.


Pepa Paivinen-woowinds, flutes, Seagull Merlin, voice, percussion

Jussi Miettola-drums, percussion

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"Pertti "Pepa" Päivinen (b. 1955) is an open-minded multi-instrumentalist who breaks borders and whose down-to-earth playing is one of the cornerstones of Finnish jazz. He masters baritone, bass, tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet and a variety of flutes. The saxophonist-composer, whose professional career started in the 1970's, has always had his fingers in many pies. He has, for example, played in the Jukka Tolonen Band, participated in Edward Vesala's esteemed Sound & Fury workshops in 1984-85 and 1989-97, toured with Anthony Braxton's Braxtonia, and has been one of the trusted artists of the UMO Jazz Orchestra since the 1980's. His deep-resonating baritone has also received well-deserved international acclaim. In 2000, the Finnish Jazz Federation awarded his work with the respected Georgie Award."

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Jussi Miettola is a Finnish drummer, percussionist and sound artist working with electroacoustic drum sets. He also performs under the name Jazz Kuramatto, and is known for the bands Good Romans, Jazz Society Big Band, JosŽn PimeŠ Puoli, Kirlian Crossing, Mother Goose, and Rauta.

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track listing:

1. Perihelium 1:10

2. Personal Breath 6:12

3. Harjedalen 7:35

4. Smokedance 5:29

5. Aquarelle (Flute Solo) 3:12

6. Stanko 4:13

7. 1.5.1918 9:23

8. Aphelium 2:06
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"Using classic instruments and simple composition, Pepa Päivinen and Jussi Miettola illuminate a story from their national history, bringing to life a story set in the deep of Scandinavian winter. A thrilling, and ultimately tragic, recounting of Finland's 1918 civil war is brought to life by Woodwinds, Flutes, Seagull Merlin, Voice and Percussion. On "Personal Breath," Päivinen's layered melodies take center stage as lush instrumental overlays, inspiring emotion and building tension that's released in the album's natural arc.

In the artist's words, the project emulates a "warm breath on a cold winter day," an overwhelmingly human feeling in Finland's harsh invernal climate. The music is largely inspired by the play Veriruusut (Bloodroses) KOM-theatre (Helsinki), about a Finnish Red Guard company, 36 women aged 15-23 years old who were caught and shot by the White Guard without trial on January 5, 1918. It was an event that changed the course of the war, involving the destiny of these women with that of a nation-and beautifully retold through rich baritones, whistling flutes and tempered percussion."-Orbit577

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