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Title: Pianoketo
Format: Double LP
Label: Fonal
Country: Finland
Price: $26.00
"Antti Tolvi is a self-taught, multi-talented musician. He has played in numerous bands including Lau Nau, Rauhan Orkesteri, and Lauhkeat Lampaat. Born in 1977 in Panelia on the west coast of Finland, he began making music with his brothers, untutored. From 2000-2001 he studied classical Indian music in Varanasi, and this marked a turning point in his perception of music. On returning to his native Finland, he became embroiled in free jazz for a number of years, until a recent relocation to the countryside pushed him ever more towards solo improvisation -- deriving inspiration from, in Anttis own words, "harmonies, overtones, going into sound, no ends, no starts, from nothing comes something, just perfect, peace." Pianoketo can be seen as a culmination of Anttis musical experiences to date. Featuring three extended meditations on a theme, all played on solo piano, it is a sound that defies categorization, with nods towards classical, avant-garde, improvisation, psych, free jazz, and Indian music. A shimmering flux of tones and harmonies, each of Pianoketos pieces seem to collect notes as they gather momentum, expanding and shifting form as Antti breathes life into them. At times, it is almost as if there are two instruments, the overtones working like feedback, playing counter-melodies as notes weave through each other. Anttis technique combines neatly with the personality of the instrument to convey an evocative, psychedelic nostalgia. He expands: "This record was recorded with binaural microphones, attached to the players ears. While playing, as you move your body or head, there is a flanger effect -- thats why the overtones are really flying. Theres no overdubs, effects, or EQ. My main instruments have been saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and all kinds of wind instruments. On Pianoketo, I play piano as I play saxophone, just using 11 notes. Because I dont have to blow, I can focus more on other things. And actually soon I dont have to focus on anything, just listen to what my fingers are doing. Its amazing to find new melodies, harmonies, drones, rhythms, or whatever. And then I can follow that for a while, and then just let go and wait for a new direction. This piano had not been played for more than 40 years, so the tuning had dropped a little. I tuned some notes, to get more overtones. Most of the notes have found their own resting place over the years, just resonating in sounds and vibes at Grandmas." -Fonal.

Title: Tanan
Format: CDR
Label: Peippo
Country: Finland
Price: $11.00
"Antti Tolvi is known for his work in Rauhan Orkesteri, Lauhkeat Lampaat, Lau Nau live band, Päivänsäde and Taikuri Tali. Here Antti plays one long sound from harmonium. Hand assembled silk paper sleeves." -Peippo.

Title: Ultrakosmos
Format: Cass
Label: Sloow Tapes
Country: Belgium
Price: $8.00
"With these two improvisations on keyboards and synths Antti Tolvi creates a sonic space with a constantly shifting center of gravity, a swirling foray into kaleidoscopic bliss. Edition of 100 copies." - Sloow Tapes.

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