JANNE TUOMI – Resonance (FMR 266; UK) Since I knew nothing of Mr.
Tuomi when I first received this disc, I figured some background info
would be in order: Janne Tuomi was born in 1973 in Tampere, Finland.
Coming from a family of musicians and music educators, it was only
natural that this first-born began playing the piano at the age of
six. But the infatuation was not to last as percussion soon lured him
away from the ebonies and ivories.Tuomi commenced studying at the
Conservatory of Tampere in 1995 and further honed his skills at the
Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, Denmark. After undertaking a
study trip to New York City, Tuomi graduated from the Conservatory in
2000 with honors.
In recent times Tuomi has taken part in productions by the Balanescu
Quartet and John Zorn’s Finnish ‘Cobra’ . Jazz and classical aside,
the percussionist works with groups like Slobo Horo and Vilddas that
specialize in world music. He is also the percussionist of choice for
the new duo project of Mika Ratto and Jussi Lehtisalo, the masterminds
behind renowned trance rock group Circle.
“‘Resonance’ features Janne Tuomi on solo percussion, recorded at the
Church of Kuhmalahti, with all pieces composed by Tuomi. This is all
acoustic percussion music and it is superbly recorded. This music is
closer to classical percussion music in its sound and it is
consistently thoughtful and engaging. On “Kunlun I”, Janne
concentrates on just a gong and comes up with some impressive and
mysterious results. A most impressive offering from a young
master-percussionist that we ill be hearing more from in the near
future.” – Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery