Featuring songs from award-winning Finnish pianist and composer Iiro Rantala
's three most acclaimed albums, this Piano Songbook
includes 20 selections expertly arranged for Piano.
One of the most famous pianists in Finland, as well as being renowned internationally, Iiro Rantala has played with the band 'Trio Töykeät' and composed many songs as a solo musician. He has won numerous awards, including the prestigious German ECHO Jazz award in 2012 for 'Best International Pianist'. This Piano Songbook features selections from three of the best albums he has worked on: 'Anyone With A Heart', with the 'Iiro Rantala String Trio'; and his solo compositions 'Lost Heroes' and 'My History Of Jazz'.
Rantala is known for his playing style that is at once playful then serious. Many fans see his style as combining a virtuosic technical proficiency with a sense of humour, making him a favourite within the jazz Piano world. His two solo albums are both a musical exposition of Rantala's talent and an exploration of his inspirations and personal view of the history of jazz. This makes the songbook a truly original compilation, with works that will expand your repertoire with exciting and innovative compositions, while also giving an insight into the personal mind of one of today's most striking jazz pianists.
If you're a fan of the man himself, or just big on contemporary jazz Piano, Iiro Mantala is a big figure to keep an eye on. This Piano Songbook contains a diverse selection of his best works, giving you an excellent introduction to the genius of the Scandinavian superstar.