Why did you feel the need to come together with a duo Project whilst you both have your own ensembles?
We have played together for about 15 years now. Verneri has played in my different bands as a guest and I have played in his quartet for a long time. It is natural to us to play together and easy to communicate in music. We wanted to explore a bit more free approach with more space in duo than we could play in our bands. And sometimes it is logistically easier to organise gigs and travel as a duo!
The tunes we have listened at the gig they were wide open that we can experience many things, thoughts, feelings in one, so how can you name a single tune?
It is very hard to give titles to abstract, instrumental tunes without lyrics. I wish I could do the same as Miles Davis when asked titles for his music: « Call it anything ». On the other hand, sometimes you find and perfect word which reflects the mood of the song. Especially in duo setting we can stretch the tunes wide open and explore many different moods- even harder to name a tune…
You use electronic sounds as well as your acoustic instruments, why do you feel the need to manipulate the acoustic sound at the first place? Aren’t they enough to play the music you hear within?
Acoustic instruments can be completely enough for us, but in this duo we wanted to utilize our skills with electronic equipment and play things we don’t do in other bands.
What do you experience from the new-shaped music that you create?
I like to think to playing improvised music means always an error-success procedure. You mustn’t be afraid to follow the music to places never been before even though you might find hard to get out from there! So for me playing music means exceeding myself, always, on the studio or stage.
If you have to put into words how would you describe your music as a duo?
Acoustic-electronic nordic jazz with fearless improvisation!
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