Saxophonist/composer Pekka Pylkkänen has worked with many orchestras and groups during his career, and as a sideman has also shared the stage with greats such as Vince Mendoza, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Michael Abene, Odean Pope, and many others.
During his earlier career he worked several years full-time with the ‘National Jazz Orchestra of Finland’ – UMO Jazz Orchestra, with which he also sometimes performed modern contemporary music, and was often featured as a soloist.
As a leader he has performed in more than 50 countries (Finland, Denmark, Norway, USA, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Korea, China and Japan, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa etc.) He has appeared as a leader/soloist in over 1000 concerts during the last 10 years, most of them outside Finland. His appearances range from clubs to concert halls and major festivals, such as Hong Kong Jazz Festival, Beijing Jazz Festival, Trondheim Jazz Festival, National Arts Festival (South Africa), Lima Jazz, Providencia Festival de Jazz (Santiago, Chile), Yokohama Jazz Promenade, Yarasum Jazz Festival, Beijing Concert Hall, The Spring Hall (Seoul/Korea), Daegu Cultural Center/Korea, La Pavillion Blanco (Cordoba, Argentina), Beijing Music Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, etc etc
Pekka has held clinics about saxophone, improvisation, composition and group playing (among other topics) in dozens of music universities and colleges around the world, for example: Tokyo College of Music, Royal Academy of Music (Denmark), Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Koyo Conservatory (Kobe, Japan), Shanghai Conservatory, LUCA School of Arts (Leuven, Belgium) Royal Conservatory (The Hague, Netherlands), EMU Education Musical (Argentina) etc. He still continues to teach and head the Jazz Program at the Karelia UAS in Joensuu, Finland. His former long-time educational work was at the Metropolia University in Helsinki, where he was heading the Wind Instrument department.
His 2 first CDs were released by Naxos Jazz, with a worldwide distrubution.
The latest CD called ‘Listen!’ was originally released by Art Of Life Records, on
iTunes, and was distributed also as a CD on LUMINO RECORDS label and digitally through Blue Music Group. Nowadays the CD ‘Listen!’ is also licensed to China on Starsing Records.
Line up: Pekka Pylkkanen – alto and soprano saxophones, Abel Marcel – piano/keyboards, Jorge Reyes – bass, Rully Herrera – drums