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.
Jaakko Kuusisto is one of Finlands most versatile musicians, a quality demonstrated by his rich discography on BIS in which he appears as violinist (in chamber music, as soloist and as concertmaster), conductor, arranger and composer. In the latter capacity, he made his mark on disc in 2013, with the release of his violin concerto (on BIS-2020) a work which received great acclaim in international media, including American Record Guide.
Kai Hansen formed Helloween in 1984, playing guitar and singing on the speed metal band's first four albums. He left in early 1989, however, and founded Gamma Ray with vocalist Ralf Scheepers (formerly with Tyran Pace). The duo intended to record a one-off project that Hansen originated while in Helloween, so they recruited bassist Uwe Wessel, drummer Matthias Burchardt, and several other musicians…