Timo Lassy Band
The Timo Lassy Band is top-notch all the way. The wurlitzer duties are carried out by Georgios Kontrafouris, Greece’s gift to the Helsinki scene, who turns the instrument into one of a vital organ in the operation. On double bass, the most sought-after Finnish bassist at the moment, Antti Lötjönen, keeps things solid, and the crunchy beat so central to Lassy’s rhythmically remarkable jazz vision is safe with Teppo “Teddy Rok” Mäkynen on drums and Abdissa “Mamba” Assefa on percussion.
The concept of jazz performance has strong rhythmic roots when considering the Timo Lassy Band. Their sonic base is in the 1950′s/60′s hard bop, soul jazz and latin jazz tradition, but the masterful execution and the progressive vision of all of the group’s players places the music firmly on the 21st century. Their jazz is easily approachable, yet remarkably deep at a closer look.
It is precisely this openness to both tradition and innovation, and the knack at combining the two that makes Timo Lassy Band a top draw in the current live jazz circuit. As a character, Timo Lassy embodies the rare kind of charisma of a contemporary jazz star. The content, the message, and the means to convey the both ensure that anyone looking for 100% pure high-quality contemporary jazz will be right at home with the Timo Lassy Band.
Minna Tervamäki’s choreography It Sax (2010) is a composition for the dancer herself and the saxophonist Timo Lassy. It is the first collaboration between Tervamäki, dancer étoile with the Finnish National Ballet, and Lassy, an established virtuoso in the Finnish jazz scene.
Essential to It Sax is the electricity between the dancer and the musician on the stage and the reciprocal interaction between the music and the motion. In an atmosphere of a smoky jazz club, Lassy brings forth playful and tempting tones that resonate in Tervamäki’s performance. Or vice versa. Partly improvising, they both contribute to creating a joyous and flirtatious climate with a humorous air.
Together with Sami Hedberg, the most sought- and laught-after comedian in the Finnish stand-up, Timo Lassy Band performs a show combining a full jazz concert with comedy. The inspiration for the show comes from old american films and night club scene where these two improvised art forms often share the stage supporting, encouraging, interrupting and smiling at each other.
My Stuff - original score
Original score for the feature lenght film “My Stuff” directed by Petri Luukkainen. Premiere was in Finland February 2013.
More info: http://tavarataivaselokuva.fi/
Ei Kiitos Movie
Original score for the feature lenght film “Ei Kiitos” directed by Samuli Valkama. Premiere in Finland 10th of January 2014.