Our aim is to cover the costs of a tourbus so the concerts in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Lithuania and Estonia could be possible. We do this for the music and hope to get a chance to show where a dedicated work with a large ensemble can lead to.
“One of the most exciting and definitely the best albums of this year (…) Like poetry.”
Jani Ekblom, Desibeli
“Hum deserves attention first and foremost for its musical virtues: works composed for the eleven person Hendectet-collective are bold and rowdy, while also being relaxed; permeated by a strong visions of their own.” Harri Uusitorppa, Helsingin Sanomat
Markus Pesonen Hendectet is an inventive eleven-piece orchestra uniting an international group of musicians who weave their diverse musical skills into audacious patterns. Following the critically acclaimed release of Hum in 2011, the band is now releasing its second album, Padme, on the Danish label and musician-run collective Barefoot Records.
The band enlivens a vast sound terrain stretching from contrabass clarinet to piccolo and further expanded by electronics, where musicians create an electrifying spectrum of emotions and atmospheres. On a sonic journey to faraway places one gets to experience the Nordic inner landscape and an Indian traffic jam, wild sounds of the jungle and gentle bossa nova in Russian. Existing in the space between the extremities, Markus Pesonen Hendectet’s music brings a listener into acute awareness of the physical presence of sound.
A hendectet’s song enters into a spectacular chemical reaction with place and time, rejuvenating with each performance. That is, not only there’s room for improvisation, but also the process of composing continues on stage, being informed by improvisation and reacting to it. There are openings inside the compositions, which allow Pesonen as a conductor to take a lead and turn across traffic. Such twofold use of improvisation keeps up the heat of the band’s live performances.
“It is heart and sensitivity that propel this large band, and the six young horns in Pesonen’s collective seem to have more balls and recklessness than the whole Danish Radio Big Band combined.” Christian Munch-Hansen, Politiken (DK)
“Out of nowhere comes one of the highlights of the jazz year: a colourful, intense and fearless album that showcases the extraordinary, visionary composer and orchestra leader. Who the heck is this Pesonen?” Pentti Ronkanen, Keskisuomalainen
Markus Pesonen is a composer, sound artist and visual artist, creating sound and visual experiences in different contexts, from concerts and exhibitions to performances and shared spaces. He composes and creates with several music groups and is also working with dance, theatre, movies and meditation. Markus believes in open wordless communication, making space for everyone to find their own meaning.
“The outstanding album Hum seemed after the concert, though only as a prelude when the explosive 11-piece group stretched the songs on the stage to almost double.” Harri Uusitorppa, Helsingin Sanomat
It is rare to tour independently with 11-piece band and I believe we can offer something unique into the selection of live music. Behind this project, there is years of work, handcraft of many top musicians and the support of several music lovers. We hope this shows in a way that its worth supporting this project.
Come with to the campaign and help us to make a success of the tour and so support the future of the band. New albums and concerts are already planned and the potential for growth is there.
The photography from the work Depth of Water is also offers. The exhibition is taking place in Berlin October 10th to November 14th. More info
In 2014 Markus exhibited in the Modern Art Museum of Mexico. One of his works was selected by Arte Vivo to be auctioned for the education and attention of the integral health of Mexico. He also exhibited in Bar Café 9 in Helsinki and Bucarelli 69 in Mexico City during 2014. In 2015 photography exhibitions will bring him to Xalapa, Cuernavaca and Mazatlán in Mexico as well as Los Angeles, London and Dublin.
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