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Wavelength Radio Promotion client spotlight: Finland-based guitarist Pauli Saksa
(Published: July 05, 2012)

Q: How would you describe your new album, Fragments & Fusion?

A: It is a collection of jazz-rock-pop instrumentals. Likely, it is fairly easy listening as melodic lines have been important, and the tunes are clearly structured. I feel that the jazzy main category arises from the chordal progressions, voicings, and from the improvisational touch.

Q: Is this your first LP?

A: Yes, it is my debut record.

Q: What inspired the intriguing album title?

A: There is always one side and the other side (yin and yang) in life. Also, our lives consists of days, fragments, and longer periods we form in our minds, fusioning them. In my music it has meant combining influences here and there, which are like fragments. Gluing them together is the fusion component and then the new meaning. An individual piece of music may have parts or genres also united. And the set of varying tunes form fusion on the album level.

Q: You have a number of notable musical guests on the record. How did that come about?

A: I contacted these highly respected musicians and got them interested to perform on the record. Some are my long-time friends. In a role of composer, it was awesome to note how well they caught sometimes vaguely expressed style intentions and created their own interpretations. I wanted several soloing instruments to be involved and variability such as the kantele - a lovely, traditional Finnish stringed instrument.

Q: What advice would you give to young, aspiring guitarists?

A: I do not see myself in a role of advising any other guitarists but I think that learning from top players (styles, techniques, and sounds as innovational input) is a great thing to do, but then to create and do your own music, if possible. And as good quality guitar one can afford.

More Information: http://www.kolumbus.fi/pauli.saksa

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