EPK Video for the new album 'Seven Hills' out in June on Edition Records
ALEXI TUOMARILA piano
MATS EILERTSEN double bass
OLAVI LOUHIVUORI drums
ANDRE FERNADES guitar (2 tracks only)
Seven Hills is the new trio album from Finnish born Alexi Tuomarila, an artist on the verge of becoming one of the most important young pianists & composers on the European Jazz scene in recent years. Following numerous first prize awards at various international jazz competitions throughout 2003 he signed to Warner Jazz France releasing two albums that brought worldwide attention and critical acclaim from the international press, fans and musicians including fellow pianist Brad Mehldau, who is quoted as saying, "I'm definitely excited about the future of this piano player". He shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Jazz and was firing on all cylinders until without warning Warner Jazz stopped their jazz and classical output leaving Alexi Tuomarila, almost overnight, without management and any career direction. Feeling disparaged and dismayed, what followed was a period of self-discovery, growth in his confidence and eventually a realisation that playing this music was his ultimate goal. In subsequent years he released three albums as a leader on smaller Scandinavian labels but more importantly joined Thomas Stankos' Quintet with which he has toured extensively in Europe, US and Japan as well as recording 'Dark Eyes' on ECM.
Today Alexi Tuomarila is now on the eve of releasing his new album Seven Hills, his first for Edition, with his long term trio featuring friends and musical partners Norwegian bassist Mats Eilertsen and Finnish drummer Olavi Louhivuori.