Besides a solo act, I also perform as a part of various ensembles, whose repertoire can me modified according to the customer’s needs. We can perform in both public concerts and private occasions (firm events, weddings, birthday parties etc.). The variety of music of the ensembles spans from classical music to pop and rock music and from show acts to background music and dance music.
Eero Saunamäki as a solo act
I perform as a solo saxophone or recorder player in various events. The repertoire for saxophone includes classical music from the 19th and 20th centuries, and some lighter music (pop, jazz, Finnish schlager) diversely according to the customer’s needs. On the recorder I can play early music (from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque) and contemporary classical but also other musical styles – just ask!
Duo Saunamäki is formed by me and my wife Anna Saunamäki. We are both professional recorder players. The historical duo consisting of two recorder players is a great choice if you want to listen to music from the Renaissance or Baroque. Hand made instruments sound and look beautiful and create a whole different image of the recorder compared to the more common image of the classroom instrument. The duo has commissioned music from contemporary composers and performed in many European countries besides Finland (such as France, Germany and The Nordic Countries) in various occasions and festivals. Different concert programs can be custimized according to the customer’s needs – one very popular act has been “Music from the birth of the Suomenlinna sea fortress – Nordic and European music from the 18th century” and also Baroque music as a background music.
When you add guitar and theorbo player Mikko Ikäheimo to Duo Saunamäki, you get Trio Aulos. The trio has been playing and performing actively from 2005 and its repertoire consists of the music from the 17th and 18th centuries and contemporary classical music. Trio Aulos has premiered many contemporary trio works and it is the only actively performing ensemble in Finland, which consists of two recorder players and a guitar/theorbo player.
Saxophone quartet Aava
Saxophone quartet Aava was founded in 2013 and it consists of four energetic, versatile and young saxophone talents. The members of the quartet are top notch on their instruments and they work in important posts in the Finnish saxophone life. They have jobs in Sibelius Academy, Tampere Polytechnic University and the Guards Band. In addition, they also perform actively in Finland and abroad. The members of the saxophone quartet Aava have been studying in Sibelius Academy, The Paris Conservatoire and various master classes.
The quartet has two different concert programs at the moment, the first being “Vive la France!” which consists of French music from the 20th century composed by Francaix, Schmitt and Singelée for example. The second program is “Saxophone music without boundaries” and it features works with jazz influences from composers Gershwin, Lintinen and Bennett to name a few. Besides these programs we also have a broad selection of other works which can be used for background music or as lighter performance. These works range from Baroque to jazz and the composers are Händel, Joplin, Piazzolla and Mårtensson for example. The amount of works ready to be performed grows all the time, and you can also suggest some music we could play!
Saxophone quartet Aava:
Joonatan Rautiola, soprano saxophone
Samu Metsänen, alto saxophone
Kalle Oittinen, tenor saxophone
Eero Saunamäki, baritone saxophone
Duo Eero Saunamäki and Päivi Vesalainen
Duo Eero Saunamäki (recorder) and Päivi Vesalainen (harpsichord) is a new, open-minded ensemble, which plays all kinds of music from the Renaissance to the newest contemporary music. The members of the duo are professional early music players and they also play modern instruments. The duo also gets inspired via improvisation and continuously searches for new repertoire for recorder and harpsichord.
The first concert programme “La Bernabea – pearls of Italian Baroque Music” consists mainly of early Italian Baroque from the 17th century. The music is composed by Giovanni Battista Fontana, Angelo Berardi, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Pietro Castrucci, Arcangelo Corelli and Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli.
At the moment we are planning and rehearsing our new programme, music from the 18th century England.
Besides me, Lifetime trio consists of two pop music professionals. Lifetime has been performing for almost ten years in small and medium private events. Trio’s repertoire includes jazz and dance music for example and it’s the perfect choice for an intimate party. Lifetime is a practical group, who does it’s thing in a very professional manner.
Eero Saunamäki, saxophone and vocals
Tomi Hämäläinen, keyboards
Matti Rantala, bass
The Surfers is a legendary cover band, which has been entertaining the crowds for twenty years. The band was formed in Tampere, Finland, and has had hundreds of gigs in clubs, firm events, weddings and birthday parties. Check out the official homepage at thesurfersband.blogspot.fi
Eero Saunamäki, vocals and saxophone
Teemu Heino, keyboards
Jussi Nikula, guitar
Matti Rantala, bass
Matti Ryynänen, drums
Femu Brass Band
Femu Brass Band consists of musicians from the top Finnish wind orchestra, the Guard’s Band. The band’s basis is a brass quintet, and the speciality is the added drummer and vocal soloist. The repertoire is vast, consisting of traditional Oktoberfest music (of course!) and more common pop and rock covers. The group’s the main thing is to make people happy and dance! Femu has been a regular guest in various Oktoberfest events all over Finland and a house band in Rymy-Eetu restaurant in Helsinki. The band does private events also of course.
Eero Saunamäki, vocals
Antero Suvilaakso, trumpet
Jermu Koivukoski, trumpet
Jouko Auramo, trombone
Ansku Polso, French horn
Miika Jämsä, tuba
Thomas Rönnholm, drums
Tusan Brass’ strong sound and jazzy feeling is based on the happiness of the Mardi Gras event in New Orleans. We play traditional brass band street music but also covers from the 20th and 21st century. The players of Tusan Brass are captivating soloists and entertainers!
Kaartin Combo is the perfect show band with a tight groove! It has a rhythm section, a horn section, and a star soloist. Combo plays in the President’s Independence Day Ball in the Presidential castle and in other events throughout the year. I play mainly the baritone and alto saxes, but sometimes I also play the recorder and sing. Combo has had many wonderful soloists over the years, for example: