One of Finland’s most distinctive saxophonists Mikko Innanen presents his new ensemble Autonomus on its first Finnish tour on in November 2021.  Starting from November 17th the quartet formed by great Nordic talents will play 12 concerts across the country and one final concert in Vilnius on November 30th.

Characterised by his unique projects, internationally acknowledged Mikko Innanen introduced his new band Autonomus in November 2019 with ”I-XXX”, a whopping triple album released on Fiasko Records. Mikko Innanen Autonomus is a band of four, a series of compositions and a musical philosophy all at the same time. Joining Innanen are long-time friends Peter Bruun, Antti Lötjönen and Håvard Wiik. The quartet, formed by these great Nordic talents, explores and interprets Mikko Innanen’s compositions autonomously as their name suggests. The starting point for new tracks were Innanen’s hand-drawn musical staves. During winter and spring 2019 Innanen composed 40 new songs that were all recorded within three days.

Most of the compositions were recorded in one take and the series grew naturally into a triple-album. Music on the album flows forward as an irresistible collective wave where most of the time everyone is playing simultaneously. ”The process of composing included a strong will to shake off the digital rat race of today, and not to valuate musical ideas; what ever is to come, comes. The same objective goes to performing these compositions. I want to make music no one is leading. Every musician is their own autonomic unit that has its complete freedom to interpret the music I wrote in their own way, come what may”, describes Innanen.

Mikko Innanen (b. 1978) has created an extensive career as a saxophonist, composer, band leader and soloist. Innanen has been involved in more that 50 releases and successful bands like Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio, Mikko Innasen Maakuntauudistus, Delirium, Gourmet and PLOP. Playing together with Innanen in Autonomus are bassist Antti Lötjönen (Antti Lötjönen Quintet East, Ilmiliekki Quartet, Aki Rissanen Trio), Danish drummer Peter Bruun (All Too Human, Django Bates Beloved, Marc Ducret) and Norwegian pianist Håvard Wiik (Håvard Wiik Trio, Atomic, Motif).

Mikko Innanen Autonomus (c) Maarit Kytöharju

Mikko Innanen Autonomus (Fin-Nor-Dk)
Mikko Innanen saxophones
Håvard Wiik piano
Antti Lötjönen double bass
Peter Bruun drums

Mikko Innanen Autonomus in Finland an Lithuania
kiertuetiedote suomeksi
Wed 17/11 Oulu, Oulun Teatterin Ravintola / Oulun Musiikkijuhlat
Thu 18/11 Raahe, Friemanin talo / Rajatsi ry + Rock Academy Raahe
Fri 19/11 Porvoo Jazz Club
Sat 20/11 Turku, Logomo / Flame Jazz
Sun 21/11 Pori, Raatihuone / Validi Karkia -klubi
Mon 22/11 Helsinki, Hietsun Paviljonki / also Halo Strings / jaZZanti + Hietsu Is Happening
Tue 23/11 Tampere G Livelab
Wed 24/11 Loviisa, Marilyn / ex Quarantine klubi & Free Okapi
Thu 25/11 Savonlinnan Kulttuurikellari / Olavin Jazz
Fri 26/11 Lieksa, Brahe-sali / Jazzkerho 76 ry
Sat 27/11 Joensuu, Carelia-sali / Jazzkerho 76 ry
sun 28/11 Jokioinen, Tietotalo
Tue 30/11 Vilnius, Improdimensija (Lithuania) / tbc

Coproduction: Vapaat äänet & Finnish Jazz Federation
Tour support: MES
Partner: Kumu drums

”This selection shows Innanen’s skills in creating a panoply of intense musical sketches as abstract as the graphics they are inspired by.”
– Anthony Shaw, All About Jazz