Miles Davis had it right already in 1958: Sid’s Ahead! This was the title of one of the tunes on his Milestones album and right now Sid is at the Jazz Ahead trade fair in Bremen, Germany representing SatnaMusic and promoting his compositions, bands and CD’s.
Read more about his farings there on his own blog.
On January 24th, 2014 Sid’s orchestral composition ‘Feuer’ had its first performance in Pietarsaari, Central Ostrobothnia, Finland.
160 performers were on stage, 75 in the orchestra and 85 in the choirs, to create a ‘wildly crazy tribute to love’ as a critic described it (KP, Jan 26th, 2014).
Conductor Juhani Lamminmäki inspired the musicians of four generations (from children’s choir over full time students and alumni to grown-up choir) to give their best for this swinging contemporary modern composition.
‘Feuer’ tells the story of a foreigner visiting Finland who happens upon a traditional Finnish midsummer bonfire where love strikes him with its magical touch.
The orchestra and choir get to apply all sorts of adventurous techniques creating unexpected, mysterious ‘sound fields’, as Hille describes them.
The Central Ostrobothnian conservatory who had organized the two consecutive performances in Pietarsaari and Kokkola will be releasing a 5.1-recording by mid of 2014.
We’re looking forward to that one.
The feature film Ainoat oikeat had its premiere on Dec 27th.
The film features Sid Hille’s music score.
The romantic comedy has received controversial feedback from the critics, but was a clear success with the audience on last week’s opening weekend.
On one point, though, critics and audience agreed: Sid’s cool jazz score works and sounds great!
With musicians Verneri Pohjola, Pope Puolitaival, Teemu Viinikainen, Sid Hille, Antti Lötjönen and Teppo Mäkynen on board the score is refreshing and retro at the same time, providing the film with a hip background!
In January 2014 SatnaMusic releases a CD that contains music from the three feature films Sid has composed music for. All three were directed by Saara Cantell: Ainoat oikeat / The two and only (2013), Stars above / Tähtitaivas talon yllä (2012) and Heartbeats / Kohtaamisia (2010).
Sid’s score for Heartbeats / Kohtaamisia was nominated for the Finnish Film prize in 2011.
Sid Hille – In the picture (SatnaMusic CD 132) will not be available commercially.
By way of business card the CD will be added as a gift to any order of two (or more) other SatnaMusic releases.
Satnamusic’s latest release, the Finnish-Italian jazz quintet Infinita’s CD Time Continuum (2013) finds very positive response with the critics.
Anthony Shaw wrote for All About Jazz
And here’s Jouko Kirstilä’s review on the Finnish jazz publication Jazzrytmit (in Finnish language)
More reviews on the review page (Turku Daily and Salon Seudun Sanomat)
What a great band:
First rehearsals today for the upcoming gig at the Jazz Espa festival in Helsinki
on Monday July 29th at 5.30 pm
The film is ready, too, by the way:
– the romantic comedy ‘Ainoat oikeat’
– directed by Saara Cantell
– film score by Sid Hille
– performed by Verneri Pohjola, Pope Puolitaival, Teemu Viinikainen, Sid Hille, Antti Lötjönen and Teppo Mäkynen
– will have its premiere in Finland on Monday Dec 16th
– in all major Finnish cinemas for Christmas
The Sid Hille Collective will be playing two concerts in the North of Finland:
– Ylivieska, Akustiikka concert hall on Tuesday April 2nd, 2013 at 7 pm
– Kokkola, Conservatory concert hall on Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 at 7 pm
The band will perform music from their last year’s debut album such as
Frizzle, Sizzle, Dazzle – Music for jazz guitar and string quartet
along with parts of Hille’s piano concerto ‘Motion’ and
his string quartet ‘Quatuor no. 2 – In Farben’
Teemu Viinikainen – guitar
Maija Linkola – violin
Elina Viitasaari – violin
Lotta Poijärvi – viola
Markus Hohti – cello
Sid Hille – piano
Just now Sid Hille is working on a film score for Saara Cantell’s new feature film ‘Ainoat oikeat / The real one’. It’s a romantic comedy with Antti Reini, Anna-Maija Tuokko and Ilkka Villi.
Sid has composed 49 cues of music, some of only 30 seconds, others of up to 4 minutes in length.
The score is written for a sextet which consists of some of the leading Finnish jazz musicians of this day:
Verneri Pohjola – trumpet
Petri Puolitaival – saxophones
Teemu Viinikainen – guitar
Sid Hille – piano
Antti Lötjönen – bass
Teppo Mäkynen – drums
Hille’s score deviates quite drastically from the typical ‘Hollywood’-scoring of this genre (which would be a quirky orchestral score) by contrasting the funny (and sometimes more serious) confusions of the film with a cool jazz score.