The Contemporary Collective LIVE

Now the final preparations for the Contemporary Collective’s tour in October/November are keeping me busy.
Flights, car rentals, hotels, stage maps, rehearsal booking, the actual rehearsals, maybe still writing a new piece, if I get around to it.

Once we’re on the way, we will start in Lapland, where we play in two very beautiful halls, the Korundi hall in Rovaniemi on October 23rd and the Music house in Tornio on October 24th.

Both concerts are featuring the string quartet / guitar / piano – version of the band.
Beautiful music (even, if I say so myself) in various settings:
guitar and string quartet (from our recording ‘The Zen Connection’),
piano and string quartet (from my piano concerto ‘Motion’),
the string quartet alone performing my ‘Quatuor no. 2 – In Farben’, which we will record later on this year, and some new pieces for the whole band.

A week later on Wednesday, October 29th, bass clarinetist Heikki Nikula will join us at the Kanneltalo in Helsinki.
Here is a link to the Kanneltalo’s brochure:

Then in November the quartet version of the band will get on the road: Kajaani, Loviisa and finally the Kansi Auki Festival in Helsinki on November 13th.
Bass clarinetist Heikki Nikula, guitarist Teemu Viinikainen, me on piano and cellist Markus Hohti will introduce the Collective’s new recording ‘Outer Space’.

‘There is no borderline between jazz and contemporary classical music.
There is only a small gap between mindsets, a tiny little opening of space for the NOW – a universe for the improvising musician. This is where the Sid Hille Contemporary Collective operates.’
These are the liner notes on the CD cover and that’s exactly how it is!

Here is a first draft of the cover which I made myself. Trusted designer Maarit Kytöharju is currently working on the final version, the record will be available by mid-October.

Outer Space

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