Iro breathes fraternity with itself and the world.

“…sing your Woodland symphony ( … ) and set the air to ringing…”
Karl S. Andrus

The music of the songwriter and harpist Haarla - Finnish Iro is a tissue of bursting with sound and warm colors. Concert pianist she is licensed in the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Wife of the drummer, now deceased, Edward Vesala, with whom he shared his teachings and musical recordings for the exclusive stamp German label ECM. Alien to fundamentalism aesthetic, she builds with his jazz sextet the tapestry of fresh and vigorous intrepidity. This production "Kolibri", for the exclusive house TUM Records (the only one that meets the interesting bundle of abstract painting, and creative jazz), i see it as a watermark which includes seven artistic illustrations, consecrated seven topics of sweetness.

Tenor saxophonist Kari Heinilä, under the topic "Nightjar", takes us by the hand of this symbiosis by music, with a battery of subtlely cozy, tacked onto pore is fresh sound of the trumpet and piano by harmonising colors of contained drunkenness. Interwoven sounds building a network of apollonian invoice.
Work continues with its demand figurative, and in this case with "Senhora da Piedade", where the piano of Haarla - opens the musical discourse of beautiful representation coloristica, enmracando as a historical epic, with the force in the trumpet and Verneri Phjola support accentuating its rhythmic figure of musical intensity. The feel polyphonic acquires interpretive force, leading us to a poetry of abstraction of lineage 'free'.

The changes of pace, at the beginning and end, enrich this song, of dazzling compositional invoice. Here you feel fully the lessons that the composer received their husband Vesala, reference to "the importance of the emotions and the energy of the sound and the dynamics" (1).

The title track of this work"Kolibri, continues in the line of great plasticity that offers the work, with a flute solo that gives other possibilities and colors the item itself, joining the trumpet 'cool' in some passages, thus affirming the musical concept of Iro: amalgam of sounds in permanent creative trance. A background aesthetic that comes from its rigorous learning. She says, referring to the work with her husband: "The preparation for the recording sessions were laborious and often watched three or four months in intensive daily rehearsals. For me that meant a lot of work with the scores, because ninety percent of the material was written" (2)

The song "Spirit Bear" has the clarity of an impressionist painting: the sensitivity of their melodies, the presence of Markku Ousnaskari polirritmica in the battery, the force timbre, engulfs the song of a magic deeply rich in their design aesthetic.
"Sad but True" is an existential issue of dispossession. The instrumental counterpoint has an eloquence vital so refined as the clarity of a tear, that is to say, that melancholy very own from northern Europe, "the raw material of what he would become this mantle of northern boreal tones", as will emphasize Michael Tucker (3).

"Legend of Cranes" is frugal in the beginning, with line-up became somewhat examinations that lead to a jazzy act of irremediable anglo-saxon reference. The drum solo is surrounded by the seductive winds, energetic, grandiose, overwhelming, with the strength of the titans of free jazz. Fascinating musical chaos and liberating.

The clothing of this striking musical fabric ends with "Vesper", passionate warmth of a journey to the banks of a river flow of deep and enigmatic. Why, for the founder of ECM, Manfred Eicher, "long time ago that the north is more than the great magnetic pole" (4) Trumpet, sax and drums are part of a game sound so intimate as solidarity. It is like the sign of a hope that is born from a deep Nordic nature.

In the broadest sense to be able to appoint this cd, "Kolibri", with the abstract painting on its cover, Jukka Mäkelä (meandering white thread pooling figurative) represents the musical ideas of the composer Ira Haarla -: Dionisyos textures; vigorous and strong melodies; an appreciation for the music as a form of architecture sound; a spirituality of tearing and a delicate sweetness that comes from their cherished melancholia.

She stated in the presentation of this work "For me personally, every recording - to which I always dedicated myself with my entire soul- is like giving birth to a child. It is truly rewarding to now have this one out in the world". Iro Haarla - Iro breathes fraternity with itself and the world.

(1) Book " Touching The Horizon - The music of ECM" p. 40
(2) Ibid
(3) Ibid., p. 29
(4) Ibid., p. 31
Enero 20 – 2014

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