Improvised Music Company

Solo Piano Series: Iiro Rantala

In collaboration with the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Improvised Music Company (IMC) are delighted to present a series of four outstanding contemporary solo jazz pianists, continuing on Sunday 15th March with Iiro Rantala. 

This is a free event.

“Rantala's solo work draws on classical music as much as jazz, and fizzes with glittering contrapuntal playing, jaw-dropping juxtapositions of fast basslines and right-hand cascades, tantalising swappings of romantic rhapsodies and bluesy swing, and all kinds of other pianistic fireworks.” - The Guardian


The stylistic evolution of Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala has blasted away all stylistic boundaries and became as uncompromising as it is compelling.
For 18 years Rantala was mainly associated with the trio Töykeät, one of the most offbeat and visionary piano trios in international jazz. 
Rantala struck out on a solo career in 2011; his debut album Lost Heroes unprecedentedly won one of Europe's most prestigious awards – Germany's equivalent of the Grammy, the Deutche Phono- Akamemie's ECHO award for Pianist of the Year. 
This is a fantastic opportunity to see one of Europe’s most innovative pianists at this free Sunday concert in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.

Iiro Rantala

For 18 years Rantala was mainly associated with the trio Töykeät, one of the most offbeat and visionary piano trios in international jazz. He sounded out all the possibilities of this formation; sometimes playing the energetic lion on keys, sometimes the sensitive romantic or the burlesque clown.

After more than 2,000 concerts with Töykeät, Rantala struck out on a solo career in 2011; his album Lost Heroes simultaneously and unprecedentedly won two of Europe's most prestigious awards – Germany's equivalent of the Grammy, the Deutche Phono- Akamemie's ECHO award for pianist of the year, and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik (German record critic's award). He followed it with My History of Jazz (2012), an album with both solo and trio performances whose release has also been met with critical acclaim.

His career has traversed the realms of classical music and jazz, the tasks of performer and composer, the roles of TV program host and concert organizer. To each endeavor he brings the same aesthetic and spirit, and finds his way to equally stunning results.

Rantala's solo work draws on classical music as much as jazz, and fizzes with glittering contrapuntal playing, jaw-dropping juxtapositions of fast basslines and right-hand cascades, tantalising swappings of romantic rhapsodies and bluesy swing, and all kinds of other pianistic fireworks

– The Guardian

A natural phenomenon on keys

– Jazzthing
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