An interview with Jimi Tenor
by Chris Gurney, July 2000
CG: While waiting for the new album
to come out, we've had a chance to hear you on various
other releases... some of Maurice Fulton's records,
City Of Women... and one I particularly enjoy; the Impostor
Orchestra cd. Can you tell us something about 'Heliopause'?
JT: Heliopause was some sort of a preparation
for 'Out of Nowhere' although now I feel it sounds very
different since it's a more experimental album. The
"jingles" in the end of the album were originally
commissioned by a German radio station, but they rejected
it because they were too something. Too arty I guess...
World is becoming more and more commercial and similar
wherever you go, so I don't have a problem to be arty.
I used to have a problem with that but now I don't.
CG: Another interesting project is
'City Of Women' which involves you, the legendary Edward
Vesala, and features the instruments built by Matti
Knaapi. The title 'City Of Women 1' suggests there might
be some more of this coming... is that so?
JT: Edward died after the album was
done, covers and all. We had a couple of arguments with
him how to credit the players and who did what on the
album. He's probably the most aggressive player I've
ever worked with and perhaps the most amazing. Unfortunately
we had disagreements, well, basically about who gets
the credit of the album... which was not so cool from
either of us. There can't be 'City of Women 2' for obvious
CG: What about you and Matti Knaapi...
any new instruments in the works?
JT: Matti is very busy with the computers,
but normally we end up making a new instrument every
second year. We used to be more productive, but we live
nowadays in different countries. I guess we'll develop
the photophone idea a bit further although Matti says
it's not sexy enough of an instrument.