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Matti Salo

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Matti Salo is a composer, guitarist, sound designer and music teacher. He has composed and performed music from jazz to death metal. He has collaborated with artists from various disciplines, such as puppetry, short film and visual arts. His most natural place is in improvisation and in exploring the moment. Alongside the trio, currently active bands include Hannibal & Hot Heros, Kielo Kärkkäinen's ensembles, Matti Salo Quartet, MS Minimalice and Huminoita.

Luova Records has previously released the debyt album of Matti Salo Quartet, and is now about to release the first album of Matti Salo Trio called One Day Travels.

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Matti Salo Trio

The trio's modern jazz music is airy and melodic and delivers an intense musical experience to the listener. The communicative presence of the musicians is an essential part of the music and the live experience. All compositions are written by guitarist Matti Salo.

Alongside Salo the trio features Juho Kanervo and Simo Laihonen.


Juho Kanervo is an improvisational cellist and bassist, and an educator. He loves to explore and live in the now. Kanervo plays with several bands such as Saimaa, Ellips, Mikko Joensuu, Sagolik, Antti Pouta and Matti Salo trio. Kanervo sees the limitations imposed by different musical styles as positive challenges, within which he wants to be able to find his own musical language in connection with his fellow musicians.

The drummer Simo Laihonen, who is known as a member in the improvisation trio Black Motor, works not only with jazz and improvised music, but also with rock and contemporary folk music, as well as in several multidisciplinary projects combining music, dance and theater. In addition to Black Motor, Laihonen performs in duo acts with saxophonists Mikko Innanen and Juhani Aaltonen, in the bands of saxophonist and clarinetist Stanley Zappa, and also works on his solo music. He regularly performs with other improvisational musicians internationally.

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Matti Salo Quartet

Besides Salo himself (guitars, percussions) the band features Sami Sippola (saxophone), Ville Rauhala (double bass) and Janne Tuomi (drums, percussions).

Sippola, Rauhala and Tuomi play together in the band Hot Heros that has worked together with the rap artist Hannibal. Sippola and Rauhala have worked together in Black Motor. Salo also plays in (prog) rock band Huminoita, a band familiar to Luova Records' fans and followers. Various members have experience of working with people such as Peter Brötzmann, John Zorn, Juhani Aaltonen, Paal Nilssen-Love, Barry Guy, Iro Haarla and Raoul Björkenheim

Luova Records released Matti Salo Quartet's debyt albym Tetraktys on 31st of May 2019.


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