Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Oct 23 2016 7:30 PM

7:30 pm Bastet
Justin Rock - guitar, Giulio Cetto - bass, Tim Lin - saxophone, Mike Quiggs - drums
8:30 pm Heikki Koskinen's Liisankatu 14
Heikki Koskinen - Compositions, e-trumpet, piano, Ari Brown- trumpet, Rob Ewing - trombone
Rent Romus - alto & soprano saxophone, flutes, Josh Marshall - tenor & soprano saxophone
John Vaughn - baritone saxophone, John Finkbeiner - guitar, Safa Shokrai - bass, Donald Robinson - drums

Heikki "Mike" Koskinen is a recording artist, composer, and educator currently living in San Francisco. Chosen by critics in "Rytmi" magazine polls as Finland’s top jazz trumpet player in the 1970’s, he left his native Finland to study jazz at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Koskinen is the recipient of several Finnish composing grants, recorded several albums, and won awards as an innovative children’s music teacher. He served as coordinator and host of the Bay Area radio program "Studio Finland" for ten years. His Bay Area groups, with Heikki on trumpet and piano, have featured such musicians as Hadley Caliman, Steve Heckman, Mark Levine, Joe Bonner, Benny Green, Larry Hancock and Michael Spiro. Koskinen’s main instruments these days are piano, the Morrison Digital Trumpet, and the tenor recorder. In addition to performing and teaching music in the Bay Area, he writes, arranges, and produces music for media and live groups.
Recently Heikki's recordings from the 1970's have been re-released in Finland and abroad. To celebrate he's put together a group to play original music from these re-issues.

"Bastet's music has sort of a mournful ECM-type sound, though the compositions—all written by guitarist Justin Rock—tend towards witty complexity and are quite a bit more involved than most of what you hear on that august label these days. Bands with a similar sort of work ethic and musical approach (albeit different instrumentation) would include SoCal habitues Slumgum, Canadian jazz-rockers Peripheral Vision, and Bill Frisell's 80s and 90s quartets. Not free jazz, not fusion, and definitely not smooth, Bastet's music is slyly and artfully composed and emphasizes sharp ensemble playing and an almost obsessive attention to detail that provides each soloist with an ever- changing backdrop to work from."
-Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

Cost: $10-$15 sliding scale
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Biggi Vinkeloe - alto saxophone, flute Donald Robinson - drums Joe Lasqo - piano, laptop, percussion Teddy Rankin-Parker - cello Lisle Ellis - contrabass, acoustic bass guitar April 19, 2014, The Emerald Tablet, San Francisco, CA Video by Charles Smith
From left, Heikki "Mike" Koskinen digital trumpet, Tane Kannisto saxophone, Teppo Hauta-aho double bass, Ville Rauhala double bass, Rent Romus saxophone and Simo Laihonen drums at Telakka, Tampere, Finland 31.5.2017.