News 2/2014

Johnny la Maramas new album “Il Purgatorio” comes out in February 2014. The band will be touring in Europe this year. Johnny played in November new compositions by Michael Wertmüller in Vienna and Graz. Grazer Kronen Zeitung wrote on the 22.11.2013: “Complex. Stur. Virtuotic. Original.”

Eero Hämeenniemi´s electric guitar concerto on the 28.1 in Hamburg with Ensemble Resonanz was a highlight. Hamburger Abendblatt wrote on the 30.1.2014: “Kalle Kalimas weicher, runder Gitarrenton verlieh dem Ganzen etwas so Stimmhaftes, Beseeltes, dass die oft beschworene Empfindsamkeit gar nichts Bezopftes hatte, sondern einfach zu Herzen ging….Und als Zugabe improvisierte Kalima über den Streicherseufzern aus dem langsamen Satz von Bachs h-Moll-Sinfonie. Das klang, als wäre die Musik genau dafür geschrieben worden. Schöner lassen sich Blues und Klassik nicht verschmelzen.”

Kuu! will be touring in Germany in march presenting the new LP “Sex gegen Essen”. Also the new K-18 album “Bunuel!” will come out in 2014. There are 2 shows coming up in April Jazz with 2 different programs (Kubrick and Bunuel). Die Glorreichen 7 will be touring this year with the “Neil Young” tribute program.

News June 2013

Klima Kalima is touring in 2013 to present the new CD “Finn Noir” One of the highlights will be the Südtirol Jazz festival in Italy on the 2.7. K-18 won Emma (Finnish “Grammy”) for best Finnish jazz album in 2012 with “Out to Lynch ( Jazz-Emma 2012)  “Die Glorreichen 7” was in the semifinals of international BMW Jazz Awards in March 2013 in Munich among the best 6 bands. Jousia Ensemble played in Helsinki in January 2013 the new string orchester piece by Kalima entitled “Kata Heian Nidan”.

News – 2012-2013

NDR Big Band had commissioned a new Concert program written by Kalle Kalima. The music was recorded in June 2012. Debut concert was on the 23.6 in Hamburg. NDR Big band had Jim Black on drums and Kalle Kalima on guitar on this project.

K-18 played new material inspired by films of David Lynch on a tour in Finland in November 2010. This material was recorded and the CD “Out to Lynch” that came out in September 2012 at the TUM Records. K-18 was performing at the Jazz Ahead in Bremen in 30.4.2011 and BBC 2 sent out the live show.

Klima Kalima´s new Cd “Finn Noir” was released in January 2013.

Kuu and Johnny La Marama are working on new records which will come out in 2013.

A special highlight was the orchester project of Leo Wadada Smith in Helsinki in February 2012. The 22-piece orchester practised for two days, played a concert and did a recording which will come out at TUM Records.

Kalle has toured in 2012 with Glorreichen Sieben in Austria and Switzerland. The band has also put out a new CD (Best of Western).

The Adk (Akademie der Künste) in Berlin comissioned a piece for electric guitar and electronics with surround sound by Kalle Kalima Pentasonic. This piece “Krom” was finished in April 2012 and concerts to present the tune are being planned.

News- 2011

Kalle Kalima was part of theater production at the Berliner Schaubühne. The director David Marton did a version of Monteverdi´s Ulysses. The premiere of “Heimkehr des Odysseus” was on the 22.1.2011. NDR Big Band played Kalle Kalima´s “Dance Suite for Domestic Animals” in Hamburg on the 17.2.2011. Jimi Tenor´s Big Band project and Electric Guitar Concerto written by Eero Hämeenniemi were played in January/February. Touring with the Bands Rowk and Jazzanova Live in 2011. Kalle Kalima was working on new material for Pentasonic Solo Project. A Piece for Pentasonic was comissioned by Akademie der Künste in Berlin and and is ready in March 2012. A piece for UMO Big Band was also comissioned and was played by Umo in Helsinki in October 2011.

Klima Kalima was touring in Finland and Russia in the Fall 2011 sponsored by the Goethe Institute.

Spring 2010

Johnny La Marama was touring in Middle America, Iran and Japan in 2010. The reactions were positive and we had great time. The Workshop and concert in Iran were unique and since Chris´Visa was denied we really thought our music is powerful, since some goverments are afraid of it. Speciality in Japan was the films made by VJ Hero.

Klima Kalimas new Cd Loru came out and got good reviews. Klima was touring in Germany and Finland. Loru is one of the five nominees for Finnish Jazz “Grammy” Emma 2010.

Spring 2010

Johnny La Marama will be touring in Germany, Middle – America and Asia in 2010. The new Klima Kalima CD „Loru“ will come out in February 2010 and touring will follow. There are concerts planned also for Kalle Kalima Pentasonic in Germany. The Cd of Heinilä – Kalima duo (Flute – Acoustic Guitar) will come out in 2010.

Spring 2009

In January 2009 Klima Kalima toured in Finland and Estonia for almost two weeks.
In 2009 Johnny La Marama played the new „Bicycle Revolution“ program in South America, Japan, Romania and Poland. Kalle Kalima Pentasonic had Concerts in Berlin and Jazz Festival in Dortmund. Kalle Kalima´s Debut for Big Band „Dance Suite for Domestic Animals“ was played by the UMO Big Band in Helsinki, 25.9.2009 and recorded by the Finnish National radio, YLE. The reviews were very positive. More Concerts with this program are being planned. The Debut album of K-18 „Some Kubricks of Blood“ had also positive feedback.

Johnny La Marama´s new album “Bicycle revolution” just came out in April 2009. Kalle´s Solo-CD (Kalle Kalima Pentasonic: “Iris in Trance) came out in January 2009. In this project the guitar sound is processed and sampled and will be sent in surround system over 5 amps. The first album of K-18 “Some Kubricks of Blood” will come out in summer 2009 at TUM Records. Klima Kalima is getting new songs together for a release in early 2010 featuring Jimi tenor on few Tracks. Kalle is working on a Big Band piece that will played by the Finnish UMO Jazz Orchestra in September 2009. Eero Hämeenniemi´s Guitar Concerto for Kalle will be performed in January 2011.

The highlight of year 2007 for Kalle Kalima was Berlin Jazz Festival where he is featured with four Bands, K-18 1.11, Klima Kalima 2.11, Soi 3.11 and Johnny La Marama 4.11. All concerts took place in A-Trane Jazz Club.

Spring 2008

Johnny La Marama is working on the new album that is going to come out in February 2009. Kalle Kalima is working on the mixing of the new solo guitar album “SoloSurround”. In this project the guitar sound is processed and sampled and will be sent in surround system over 5 amps. The recordings were made in Summer 2007 at the studios of the label La Lune. The first album of K-18 “Some Kubricks of Blood” will come out in 2008 at TUM Records. Klima Kalima is getting new songs together for a release in 2009. Klima Kalima will tour in Germany in November 2008 and in Finland January 2009.

Klima Kalima won the new German Jazz Prize (Der neuer deutscher Jazz Preis) in Mannheim 16.2.2008.

Klima Kalima heißt die Siegerband beim “Neuen Deutschen Jazzpreis”. Das Trio des in Berlin lebenden finnischen Gittaristen Kalle Kalima war der große Abräumer dieses von der IG Jazz Rhein- Neckar augerichteten und in der Alten Feuerwache über die Bühne gegangenen Folgeveranstaltung der Mannheimer Jazztage.

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„Der skurrile, derbe Witz, der den in Berlin lebenden finnische Gitarrist (Johnna La Marama, Carlos Bica, Chris Dahlgren) sonst aufzeichnet, hält auf seinem Solo-Album „Chasing Yellow“ über weite Strecken zurück. Humorfrei bleibt sein Werk natürlich dennoch nicht (man höre etwa das furiose Titelstück). Uns ansatzweise verrückt ist es auch („Balkanismus“). Im Trio mit dem Bassisten Oliver Potratz (Carsten Daerr Trio, Berlin Calling) und dem Schlagzeuger Oliver Steidle (Der Rote Bereich, Aki Takase) entwickelt Kalle Kalima dichte, kompakte Stücke, die mal auf Funk, mal auf Tango, auf Rock oder Country basieren. Mit ungeschönten Gitarrensound und einer Vorliebe für abgedämpfte Saiten, wuselt sich der Finne konsequent und stilbewusst durch seine melodisch aufreizenden Eigenkompositionen – bis zum charmanten Finish.“
(swp, Jazzthing 71, 2008)

“Als ob es seinen Juroren zeigen wollte, was ein spektakulärer Einstieg ist, legt sich danach das Berliner Trio Klima Kalima um den finnischen Gitarristen Kalle Kalima ins Zeug. Schräg im Outfit, schrill im Sound und in jeder Hinsicht laut, fegt Kalima sämtliche Klischees über skandinavische Bedächtigkeit von der Bühne. Mit dem gleichermaßen unorthodox wie in allen erdenklichen Tempi und Metren stets präzise trommelnden Olli Steidle und Oliver Podratz am Bass lässt Kalima alle Fesseln fallen. Ob mit herkömmlichen Bottleneck-Gitarrensounds oder einem elektrischen Milchschäumer an den Saiten, schwingen sich Klima Kalima zu den Herren über ein wohlorganisiertes Klangchaos auf, dessen arrangierte Komplexität kaum zu toppen ist. Mit seiner kompromisslosen Performance jenseits aller musikalischen Hörgewohnheiten katapultiert sich das Trio bereits nach zwei Stücken in eine Favoritenposition.”
(Andreas Ahlemann, Mannheimer Morgen, 18.2.2008)