The Jimi Tenor news archive

Jimi Tenor news from 1999 to present. Please note that the news items here are archived as such, so some of the links may not function or may be out-dated.






September 2015

Mysterium Magnum by Jimi Tenor and UMO Jazz Orchestra is out now on Herakles Records. The music on Mysterium Magnum is not your typical big band music. It varies from mystical contemporary compositions like Koneen Sydän, Huumatun Pako, Mysticum Minus, Sähköinen Laji to cinematic themes like Kratera and I Was Here. On the album Jimi himself plays Russian synthesizer RITM-2, tenor saxophone and flute.

> Herakles Records
> Video from the record release party

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Available for the first time! Jusu Lounela's and Jimi Tenor's classic scifi / horror movies from the '90s: The Wrestling Man 1 - 2, Urinator and Dr. Abortenstein.

> mesenaatti.me

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May 2015

Tenors Of Kalma album Electric Willow is out now on Enja Records. Jimi Tenor and Kalle Kalima have made music together for years and now they are breaking ground in a trio format with Joonas Riippa on drums. The music is dark and jazzy but danceable and suddenly you hear a hounting ballad. Moments later it could be inspired by Sun Ra meeting Kraftwerk.

> Tenors Of Kalma

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July 2014

I Give to You My Love and Devotion is now out worldwide on CD and vinyl. Also available digitally on iTunes.

> Cola & Jimmu on facebook

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September 2013

The new LP Exocosmos from Jimi Tenor feat Impostor Orchestra is out now. "I´m really happy about this album, one of the best I´ve made. Be warned, it´s not pop music", says Jimi.

Have a listen & order your copy at the Sähkö webstore.


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May 2013

EnigmaticJimi Tenor and Nicole Willis, life partners as well as past collaborators, reunite for their new “deep house revival” project under the artist name Cola & Jimmu. Their debut album Enigmatic is released on May 10th on their own label Herakles Records. Find the album at selected good record stores.

> Cola & Jimmu on facebook

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February 2013

Soft Focus is a new album by Jimi Tenor, sound-sculpturer Lary 7 and harpist Mia Theodoratus. All production was done in Lary 7's Plastikville Studios in NYC except cutting by Didier Selin in Timmion Cutting Laboratory in Helsinki. No digital device was used in the production of the vinyl version of Soft Focus.

> Take a track-by-track tour with Jimi
> Get it at the Sähkö Webstore

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October 2012

The new album by Jimi Tenor and Kabukabu titled The Mystery of Aether is out now on Kindred Spirits.

> Take a track-by-track tour of the new album with Jimi
> Read more and listen to samples at the Kindred Spirits site

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September 2012

Jimi Tenor's Autobahn exhibition moves on to Berlin, where it can be seen from Oct 6 to Oct 27 at Suomesta Gallery. Vernissage on Oct 5 at 7pm with live music by the artist himself.

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Ladenkino & prkl! presents Sähkö, a film by Jimi Tenor and Jimi Tenor one-man-live-show on Oct 2nd at Ladenkino, Berlin.

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August 2012

Jimi Tenor's photography exhibition Autobahn has opened in the Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland.

www.nordice.is/frettabref/grein/nr/1408

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February 2012

A photo exhibition by Jimi Tenor opens in Kingi Kongi Gallery, Helsinki, on March 7th. The series of large prints titled Autobahn portrays various roadkills. Jimi sees his photos as kind of half-abstract paintings found on the roadside.

See a selection of photos here.


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October 2011

Jimi Tenor revisited his classic album Europa (1995) as he performed it live on stage with Ilkka Mattila in Tampere, Helsinki and Turku.

> Unmentionables video from the Helsinki show
> Photos from the show

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August 2011

The self-titled release Itetune, a totally scratch-made album from Jimi Tenor & Abdissa Assefa is out soon on Temmikongi. Only handcrafted instruments are used on the straight cut vinyl release. See press release here (in Finnish)

 Itetune release party at Digelius Music, Helsinki, 30th August , 6 pm.

> Photos from the party

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Desto, one of the most “exportable” names in Finnish dubstep, has teamed up with the omnipresent Jimi Tenor to produce one of the true surprise cards of the Flow 2011 deck. See them live at Flow festival's Club Voimala on Aug 13th, 21:00. Meanwhile check out videos of their first release here!

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July 2011

A very special screening of Sähkö, a film by Jimi Tenor, can be experienced at the opening night of Turku Modern festival with a brand new soundtrack composed and performed live by the director himself and Jori Hulkkonen. The Ydintalvipuutarha event, hosted by Jori Hulkkonen begins at 9 pm at the Aula Café Terrace & Garden.

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May 2011

Jimi Tenor and Tony Allen, currenty working on a new record project together, are among this years headliners at Helsinki's World Village Festival. See more info and full programme here.

> Photos from the show

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Mar 2011

Finisterrae is screened on April 1st & 2nd at Night Visions Film Festival, the biggest and the (b)oldest horror, fantasy and cult film focused event in Finland.

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Feb 2011

The film Finisterrae with a soundtrack by Jimi Tenor and director Sergio Caballero has been granted a Tiger Award for best feature debut at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Check out a clip here!

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Jan 2011

Jimi Tenor joins forces with UMO and Tony Allen for a very special concert at Helsinki's Musica Nova festival. Works scored specifically for big band along with some older Tenor classics in new arrangements will be heard.

Jimi Tenor, Tony Allen & UMO at Savoy Helsinki, Feb 3rd 2011. More info at www.musicanova.fi.

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2010

The fourth album in Strut’s Inspiration Information series is a mouth-watering head to head between Finnish maverick Jimi Tenor and Afrobeat drumming legend, Tony Allen.

Jimi Tenor remains a fascinating enigma in modern day music. Consistently one of the best and most unpredictable live artists around, his work since his breakthrough album ‘Intervision’ (Warp, 1997) has involved open-minded projects ranging from live film soundtracks and orchestral pieces to a series of Afro-based albums with his band Kabu Kabu. Tony Allen continues to attract new fans as one of the greatest drummers alive today. Celebrated as the creator of the Afrobeat rhythm and a lynchpin of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band, his recent work has included The Good, The Bad & The Queen collaboration with Damon Albarn and his first album for World Circuit Records released earlier this year, ‘Secret Agent’.

Recorded at Lovelite Studios in Berlin during November 2008 with further sessions this year in Finland and Paris, the Tenor / Allen collaboration whips up a raw, heavy analogue sound mixing the full range of Allen’s Afrobeat repertoire with Tenor’s off-kilter brew of dark humour, tongue-in-cheek lyrics and tight, firing musicianship. The sessions involved key members of Tenor’s Kabu Kabu band and Berlin-based guest MC Allonymous with tracks evolving from jamming ideas together over five intense days of recording, fuelled by plenty of African food and whisky. Tenor’s trademark range of home-made instruments rub shoulders with vintage keyboards and traditional African percussion.

Watch the Inspiration Information promo video here and check out the microsite at www.inspiration-information-4.com

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A Jimi Tenor-Tony Allen collaboration is being released soon on Strut Records as part of their Inspiration Information series which "brings together current artists and producers with their musical heroes for a  mouth-watering one-off collaboration."

Preview Inspiration Information Jimi Tenor/Tony Allen here!

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The world's first real electric flute is here! The prototype was completed in 5th of May 2009 and has since been played at dozens of gigs by Jimi Tenor all over Europe! 

Check it out here!

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Jimi Tenor has finished work on his latest album 4th Dimension, which is out now on Sähkö/Puu.

On 4th Dimension, Jimi Tenor continues his exploration of Afrobeat music with Kabu Kabu, a group of West African musicians based in Germany, who debuted on Tenor's 2007 album Joystone. 4th Dimension's Afrobeat is highlighted with Tenor's jazzy, bohemian touches and ability to write irresistible tunes. Tenor's catchy-yet-challenging arrangements are reminiscent of the legendary Fela Kuti, and perhaps one can also sense the influence of the likes of Lalo Schifrin, Charlie Mingus and Sun Ra. Tenor's trademark high-pitched vocals are heard less this time around as the maestro concentrates on tooting his tenor sax, playing the flute and synth.

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Jimi Tenor continues to explore West African rhythms with Kabu Kabu, the group that first appeared on his latest album Joystone. The new 7" single contains two heavy Afro Funk floorfillers, Mystery Spot, taken for Tenor's forthcoming album
4th Dimension, and Black January. Check them out...
Mystery Spot listen
Black January listen
... and get your copy at www.sahkorecordings.com/sahco-002.php

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Arctic Hysteria: New Art from Finland is currently on view at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. In conjunction, their music series Warm Up presents Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu on Saturday August 23rd. Also on stage are Op:l Bastards.

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Helsinki in Berlin -  After having been the capital of something or the other for hundreds of years now, Berlin will also be the capital of Finnish music this spring. The Finnish invasion, appropriately fuelled by Koskenkorva, brings along a wide range of acts including Jimi Tenor, Rinneradio, O:pl Bastards, M.A. Numminen and Pepe Deluxé, just to name a few.

HELSINKI IN BERLIN 17-30 April 2008.
Check www.myspace.com/helsinkiinberlin for full listing, sounds and more.

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Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu's show from Cargo, London is now available on demand at Red Bull Music Academy Radio!

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Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu are live on stage at Cargo, London, on 20th March 2008. This is the third instalment of "Karen P presents... Broad Casting" night and will be recorded especially for Red Bull Music Academy Radio.

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Under_score presents a special screening of Sähkö The Movie, a documentary of Sähkö Recordings directed by Jimi Tenor. Sähkö the Movie at Cube Microplex, Bristol, Sunday 17th February at 7 pm.

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