“He’s great! He’s a big talent. He has a natural talent.” John McLaughlin
Olli Hirvonen is a dynamic and virtuosic Finnish-born, New York based guitarist. Winner of the Socar Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar competition in 2016 (the jury was presided over by John McLaughlin), Olli releases his second album, New Helsinki on Edition Records. New Helsinki is an album that promises to ignite the attention of the international media and fans worldwide with its deft infectious melodies, irresistibly bold grooves and intense inventive soloing. A musician with a larger vision and a commanding spirit, Olli Hirvonen, is a supremely gifted guitarist and composer. With New Helsinki Hirvonen has thrown down his calling card and demonstrated the promise that will inevitably thrust his career and profile in an upward trajectory towards international acclaim.
September 2018. It's July 2020 now. I'm feeling that's too long, y'know..?
This stuff's addictive. You just have to get more of it.
The composition and performance on show are in a class of their own. But I say that every time.
This is jazz like nothing else. Peter Jones
The band played a fantastic concert at EFG London Jazz Festival, Southbanke Centre, Clore Ballroom in 2017. It was a sunday afternoon with only bands from Scandinavia this afternoon. Verneri Pohjola was second in line. I bought the record after the concert and got it signed. The music is wide open soundscapes with interesting rhytms grounding the space and ambience. Melancholy feel and very fine musicianship. sidhipangea