Alvari Lume, Free Improviser, ComposerApril 27, 2013
“I hear colors,” says free improviser guitarist and composer, Jaakko Savolainen. “White is a tense sound. Like waiting for something. Black is very slow and the lowest sound. Red has everything inside of it. Think of all possible feelings with their widest possible meanings! Passion!”
No surprise that this Finnish musician who records under the name, Alvari Lune, is also a painter. But Savolainen says that while he typically painted with vibrant colors when he was young, eventually the intense hues became too much for him. “I started to feel them too strongly. I began feeling sick when painting. So nowadays I mostly paint with black and white. I can use red sometimes too. But when I was young, I painted big yellow paintings.”
the sea below your feet
is a shape
of the sound
on the empty road
from the measure
to the measure
is a thought
a verbal creation
Can the rest of us learn to “see” music as Savolainen does? “I think it’s quite about jumping into the unknown with all emotions. Closing eyes and feeling with your heart more than ears can hear.”
Although classically trained in guitar and exposed while very young to composers like J.S.Bach and Krystoff Penderecki, Savolainen says he never liked to play “someone else’s music or to repeat music that is already done.”
For Jaakko it was all about the spontaneity of “wild free jazz recordings” such as the likes of John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor. “I think it’s more about giving a chance to the unexpected without resisting where music is going to take you. Allowing yourself to follow the notes into the journey of unknown. Feeling with your whole being without any limits.”
“Jaakko’s music is an emotional stream in constant evolution,” says Italian composer,Emiliano Pietrini, who records under the name, Globoscuro, “Jaakko’s radical improvisation is like an illumination. Images and sensations evolving according to the rhythm that explodes from the heart of the performer. A perpetual motion of inspiration. What you hear is a kind of struggle: The thoughts expressed by each instrument fighting among themselves. But it is a harmonic struggle harmonic. A quiet chaos…a shiny madness.”
A shout that is quiet.. Soundless..
Is not silent.
It grows inwards
and is therefore
When you have played your instrument long enough, you start seeing yourself and the environment through your instrument;
therefore playing solo is the finest and the most delicate form of music-making. Vulnerable and powerful. The sacred and secret spot where one cannot rely upon anyone else.
Improvising from scratch, composing in-the-moment is the most sensitive and purest form of making music. The improviser does not only create in the moment, but should also be able to interpret it. If it's not real, you will loose it.
'Further adventures of Marco Polo' was originally recorded for collaboration purposes on May 2011. Two of these tracks were sent out to other musicians, and none of these recordings were listened again after that until they recently came in front of me once more. After listening to them again it was clear that I would publish this suite as a whole. Much has happened after these recordings, of course, as there have been long period of almost compulsive work with new and fresh ideas, the results of which will be released later this autumn.
I hope you find this suite enjoyable.
Just A Moment
Following March's earthquake in Japan, there has been great progress in the on-going rebuilding project but still, much work remains. So Bartosz Dziadosz (Pleq) and (Harry Towell) decided that they would put together something special to be released through Audio Gourmet to raise money for the cause
(link for this album in discography)
As the Audio Gourmet netlabel catalog expands with the weeks and months that pass, I am delighted to push the label in a new direction with the inclusion of this stunning EP from Finnish guitarist Alvari Lume.
Alvari Lume is the artist name for guitar experiments from Jaakko Saavolainen, who mostly performs live either solo or with other musicians. He also is responsible for running a successful experimental music club called TMK.
'Ennen' is part one of two EP releases for Audio Gourmet and showcases a selection of three experimental guitar pieces I selected from the artist's Reverb Nation account. All of these tracks are past productions and span the last few years of Alvari Lume's recordings. 'Ennen' means 'then' in Finnish and is an apt title given that the recordings are all selected previous works from his catalog.
Fortcoming for the future will be the 'Nyt' EP, meaning 'now' in Finnish; this will feature a selection of pieces that Alvari Lume is working on specifically for the Audio Gourmet netlabel, to show where his music is at currently.
Within the three experimental tracks on 'Ennen', your ears are in for a treat. This is crafted entirely from the recorded sound of his live and improvised guitar and the fact that there is no additional electronic manipulation is a testament to his outstanding talent as a performer.
Here is Alvari Lume's Myspace page so that you may stay informed of this talented artist's plans for the future: www.myspace.com/alvarilume
Stay tuned for more information of EP two from Alvari Lume, 'Nyt'..
LOOK ALSO !!
related review in spanish with audio and video examples :
Guitarras aurales de Finlandia: Alvari Lume
(double album)GUITARS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EXPERIMENTAL SOLO GUITAR MUSIC(w/ Stefano Pilia / Anders Lindsjö / Olaf Rupp / Neil Davidson / Michal Dymny / Manuel Mota / Marco Tabellini / Chris Iemulo / Alvari Lume / Hannes Buder / Gilles Laval / Peter Stenberg / Brian Mitchell / Nicotina / Pablo Montagne / Roger Sundström / Eric Arn / Thomas Barrière / Mikaele Pellegrino / Yannis Frier / Jonny Drury / Filippo Giuffré / Olivier Bost)
Playing solo is one of the most natural things, especially for a musician who plays guitar: that’s how he generally practices and crafts his personal sound. It can also be a convenient way to record and perform live. In addition to that, almost all the most innovative and influential guitarists are great solo performers, too. This anthology gathers 23 guitarists from all over Europe, different in age and background, showing an extremely wide variety of styles and approaches. Some of these musicians know each other by having played together, some are linked by influence, or mutual respect. Others will profit from this chance to acknowledge, exchange and compare with unknown fellow guitar players. The musicians who were asked to contribute to this project were also given a loose concept: “the relationship between improvisation and composition”. This element is perhaps the reason why the music here collected shows such a wide number of forms, from radical free improvisation to actually written scores, and all in between. The listener may also find a parallel concept, involving the research and development of extended techniques. The variety of sounds is therefore impressive, as well as the range of tones and moods (from intimate and delicate picking to hypnotic drones, humorous manipulations, mournful melodies, ominous feedbacks or harsh, aggressive plucking). Ultimately, one of this anthology’s purposes is to map the current state of the guitar in the field of experimental and avant-garde music in Europe. Keeping in mind that it would be impossible to be absolutely exhaustive, it is however to be hoped that these two albums will highlight some valuable ideas and connections, stimulating the improvement of existing forms as well as the research for new, possible paths. The entire project was conceived and coordinated by guitarist Marco Tabellini that with Giust produced the album.
01 _ Stefano Pilia _ Children Ghosts (for Oren Ambarchi) 5:1202 _ Anders Lindsjö _ Ex Delicto 4:1703 _ Neil Davidson _ Heritage, Priscilla 3:5204 _ Olaf Rupp _ Cold Winter Nocturno I 2:4205 _ Olaf Rupp _ Cold Winter Nocturno II 1:5406 _ Michal Dymny _ Living on a Plate 4:4107 _ Manuel Mota _ untitled 2:2008 _ Marco Tabellini _ Étude #10 4:2709 _ Chris Iemulo _ Myself is Resonance 5:4110 _ Alvari Lume _ Ground 5:2911 _ Hannes Buder _ Be Moon But Not Cold 6:1412 _ Peter Stenberg _ Ritmo (live at Motvikt #14) 5:13
01 _ Pablo Montagne _ Geomagnetico 5:0702 _ Brian Mitchell _ Titel 10 5:2403 _ Gilles Laval _ Djin 4:3804 _ Nicotina _ Casual 88 – The Dubious Stairwell 4:5205 _ Roger Sundström _ Peppered Moth 5:0306 _ Eric Arn _ Keening Alloy 5:4507 _ Thomas Barrière _ Fujin 6:0408 _ Mikaele Pellegrino _ Oh mann... Linda 1:1909 _ Yannis Frier _ Statuaire court-circuitée 5:0110 _ Jonny Drury _ Metal Return Urge 2:5011 _ Olivier Bost _ Envoi 6:4312 _ Filippo Giuffrè _ Congestione e Paralisi 6:21
(C) + (P) 2010
alvari lume - ALVARI LUME: It is quite a treat for these old ears to behold some of the sonic wonders (totally) available for your aural pleasure these days - just listen to one of my favorite pieces from Alvari, "liquid violet"... beautiful languid guitar over a "wash" background that will put you in the outer zone in a matter of only a few notes. Yet on "about midnight", I'm reminded of some of the antics my friend Ernesto Diaz-Infante pulled off with me back in the late '90's, especially the acoustic guitar stretches. If you love well-played and highly talented guitar with strong improvised roots, you'll have to have this gent's music, especially those like (my favorite out of these 35 or so songs) "sign of C"... some excellent tonal contrasts. This isn't music for the uninitiated, though... if your ears are only looking for 4-4 timing, with no adventure, this probably won't be your cup of tea... my ears are so attuned to what Alvari is doing that I feel like sitting right down at my keyboard (whoops, it hasn't arrived in Korea yet) to improvise my own opus. I give him a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an "EQ" (energy quotient) rating of 4.96. Get more information by visiting him (& his music, many of them downloadable) at www.reverbnation.com/alvarilume Rotcod Zzaj