This debute album of mine contains 20 unique tracks and over 96 minutes of fantasy, folk, ethnic, orchestral and soundtrack music.
Holy smokes, what a fantastic collection of contemporary pirate music! Once again, Antti Martikainen has proven to us all that instrumental songs have their rightful place in modern day music. Bravo, here here, sit back and relax, and enjoy the ride.
Antti Siirala’s international career was launched when he won first prize in the 10th Vienna Beethoven competition, and was the youngest contestant. In 2009 he made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and in 2010 performed in a series with the Berlin Philharmonic which included Lang Lang and Helmchen.
Though Finnish master musicians Maria Kalaniemi and Timo Alakotila both play in many bands, something remarkable happens when they strip the music down to duets. The chemistry between the two emerges, creating a sound that is incredibly warm and intimate. On Åkerö — their first album as a duo since 2001’s Ambra — Kalaniemi (free-bass, five-row, button accordion) and Alakotila (pianist best known for his work with JPP) play like one musician. Their intricate arrangements showcase a wide dynamic range, from bold climaxes to subtle pauses. There’s probably no better example of this than the title track. It opens the album with the accordion playing both melody and counter melody as Alakotila’s piano enters almost imperceptibly, slowly growing in intensity. The music crescendos and decrescendos, continually and dramatically changing direction but always returning to the anchor of the opening melodies — all in a stunning five minutes.