Heikki Sarmanto

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Heikki Sarmanto began his career in 1961, winning a prize for his composition, Opuscule, at the International Festival of Jazz Composition in Minneapolis. In 1968, Mr Sarmanto received a scholarship to study at The Berklee School of Music (now Berklee College of Music) in Boston, where he formed The Serious Music Ensemble in 1970. A year later, Mr. Sarmanto won the prize for Best Pianist in a competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Mr. Sarmanto started to collaborate with saxophonist Sonny Rollinsin 1972, in New York. In 1977, Sarmanto was commissioned to compose a mass, which he entitled New Hope Jazz Mass. It was dedicated to Duke Ellington and John Coltrane and was the inaugural work performed at the opening of the new Saint Peters Church in Manhattan. Due to the success of the premier, New Hope Jazz Mass was performed the following year at The New York Jazz Festival by The Long Island Symphonic Choral Association, with Gregg Smith conducting.

In 1988, Sarmanto's Suomi, A Symphonic Poem for Orchestra, was premiered to public and critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall, with Skitch Henderson conducting The New York Pops Orchestra featuring The Heikki Sarmanto Ensemble. In the early 80s, Sarmanto initiated a collaboration with Sonny Rollins on a major project. It resulted in the creation of Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Symphony Orchestra, a massive 80-minute opus composed by Sonny Rollins, and arranged and orchestrated by Heikki Sarmanto. The work was premiered in Tokyo with great success in 1987, and was thereafter performed in Ravenna and Parma, Italy.

In the early 90s, Mr. Sarmanto started a collaboration with New York based Opera Ebony and composed the oratorio, Perfect Harmony (libretto and lyrics by Gregory Allan Freelon). This work premiered at The Savonlinna Opera Festival, in 1994. Perfect Harmony was later performed (and televised) at the Worlds Largest Snow Castle in Kemi, Finland. Later in the 90s, Sarmanto worked in Paris creating new songs with the beloved (late) French poet Allain Leprest and signed a publishing contract with French publisher, Éditions Alphonse Leduc. Around that time Sarmanto visited South Africa and performed his New Hope Jazz Mass at The Grahamstown Festival. In 1997, The University of Minnesota arranged The Heikki Sarmanto Festival, a week of Sarmanto's music and master classes. At that time, the university established the Heikki Sarmanto Fund to give grants to budding American composers.

Since 1991, Sarmanto has been working closely with New York based lyricist/librettist Kim Rich, creating hundreds of songs and several larger musical theater works and dramas, such as Carnival of Shadows, Manon in Manhattan, Foxfire Fable, Winter War, The Bridge of Dreams and the Birth of the World. Sarmanto's oratorio, John the Baptist (libretto and lyrics by Kim Rich) will be premiered in Helsinki, in November 2016.

Sarmanto did a major solo piano project during a three year period between 2011-13, where he recorded an astounding 400 plus solo piano works. The material is based on the American Songbook. He uses the material as a source for his improvisations, in many cases creating entirely new works. Sarmanto crystallizes:´This is my homage to the great American Songbook.It is also a study of myself, of my musical development´. This massive collection of solo piano works is entitled ´PIANO EXPLOSIONS´( available through www.sarmantoshop.com ).

Sarmanto's discography consists of tens of albums, released primarily by EMI, SONY and WARNER during the period 1969-2016. In 2009, Heikki Sarmanto, a native of Finland, received the PRO FINLANDIA medal from president Tarja Halonen.

"Heikki Sarmanto, a musician of outstanding versatility and merit, is undoubtedly the most eminent ambassador for Finnish jazz today." - Hannu Lahtonen


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Works

Title Instrumentation Year Category Duration Available from
8 songs 2001 00:00 Music Finland
9 canciones de amor 1995 00:00 Music Finland
Albright 1977 5 07:37 Music Finland
Alue 1976 9 01:00:00
And the Train Rides on 1979 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Anticipation/Celebration 1976 5 08:40 Warner/Chappell
April Morning 1980 6 03:34 LeBaron Music
Atmosphere 1996 00:00 Music Finland
Autumn's Final Flower 1996 9 04:53
Betonimylläri 1987 9 45:00 LeBaron Music
Beyond the Wind 1980 6 04:55 LeBaron Music
Bitter Suite 1977 5 00:00 Music Finland
Bitter Suite 1977 10:00 Music Finland
Blues for George 1963 6 09:00
Bowery Boheme 1976 00:00
Carrousel 1996 9 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Chrystal Bird 00:00
Claudine 1965 6 07:00
Counterbalance 1971 6 40:00 Imudico
Credo 1976 9 05:00
Dance With The Moon 1996 9 03:14
Danse Macabre 2000 5 00:00 Music Finland
Death of Marat 1972 9 07:15
Deep Blue 1980 6 04:55 LeBaron Music
Devotion 1996 00:00 Music Finland
Dreams Hide 1996 9 03:00
Ei sarjaa loppuun saatukaan 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
February Waltz 00:00 Imudico
Federico Garc¡a 1979 2 20:00 Music Finland
Felix the Great 1987 10 46:00
Fenway Love 1980 9 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Fenway Love 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Fireflies in the Garden 1996 00:00 Music Finland
Fireworks 00:00
F.J. (Dedicated to John Lewis) 00:00 Imudico
Flowers in the water 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Flowers in the Water 1969 9 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Folk Song 2002 00:00 Music Finland
For freddy 00:00
Forget-Me-Not 1980 6 03:51 LeBaron Music
For Juan 1980 6 05:00 LeBaron Music
Freak 1956 6 04:50
Full Moon Ride 1996 00:00 Music Finland
Givin' Me Trouble 1992 00:00 Sulasol
Hanget soi 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Hautaus 1978 9 05:30 Fennica Gehrman
Hearts 1991 2 01:05:00 Music Finland
Helsinki at noon 00:00 Imudico
Helsinki Haiku 1998 00:00 Music Finland
Here on Annankatu 1 1979 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Hulegardin rakkauslaulu 1976 00:00 Music Finland
Hymn to the World 1979 9 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Hymn to the World 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Hymn to the World 06:00 Warner/Chappell
Icon Song 1975 5 08:00
I Hear the Train 1979 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Iltahetket 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
It's A Vamp(F)ire 00:00 Music Finland
Jazz Lieder 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Jazz Vesper 1970 6 49:40
Jungle Flute 1970 5 07:00 Music Finland
Kalevala Fantasy 00:00
Kehtolaulu 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
Kesäyö 1975 01:30 Warner/Chappell
Kesäyö 1975 9 00:30 Warner/Chappell
Kesäyö 1974 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Kesäyö 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Kiurun tupa 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
Kun sinä jäät 00:00 Imudico
Kuutamo metsässä 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
Lauluja 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Lauluja Lauralle 2002 00:00 Music Finland
Lazy Eyes 1996 9 04:29
Light after Darkness 1980 6 03:45 LeBaron Music
Light and Breeze 1996 00:00 Music Finland
Like a Fragonard 1971 9 07:32 Imudico
Little Passionate Man 1980 6 04:50 LeBaron Music
Long Lost Love 1980 9 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Love Is In The Air 1996 9 02:55
Made in Heikki Sarmanto 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Magic Song 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Magic Song 1980 9 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Manon 1995 1 00:00
Man with a Sax 1986 10 45:00
M.C. 00:00
Menninkäiset 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
Meri kuutamolla 1978 9 02:58 Fennica Gehrman
Messages 1996 9 03:39
Mies ja nainen 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
Mike's Bossanova 00:00 Imudico
Minnesota Suite 1996 5 01:14:00
Missä, milloin? 1976 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Moment musical 1978 9 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Moonflower 1980 9 05:30 Imudico
Music by Heikki Sarmanto 1980 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
Musiikkia elokuvaan "Muistojeni kahvila" 2010 00:00
Neljä laulua 00:00 Warner/Chappell
New day 00:00 Warner/Chappell
New England Images 1986 9 27:30 Warner/Chappell
New Hope Jazz Mass 1978 9 01:12:00 Warner/Chappell
Nocturne 1978 9 03:00 Fennica Gehrman
North Country Suite 1995 9 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Northern Dreams 2006 6 00:00 Alphonse Leduc
Nothing 1978 9 08:00 Warner/Chappell
October Suite 1967 2 20:00
On a New Rock 1975 5 10:48
Onnen aika 1973 9 40:00 Imudico
On the Mystic Bridge 1971 5 08:00 Music Finland
Open Ear 1976 6 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Opuscule 1960 6 05:00
Oriental Dream 1980 6 04:49 LeBaron Music
Our Latin Friends 00:00
Our Latin Friends 1975 5 05:38 Music Finland
Panfantasia 1985 7 00:00
Parasta aikaa on parasta aikaa 2004 1 01:00:00 Music Finland
Paris - impressions 2005 8 00:00 Music Finland
Parting At The Pier 1966 9 04:30
Passions of a Man 1985 1 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Perfect Harmony 1990 1 01:44:40 Music Finland
Pilvet taivaalla 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
Pisara 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
Pohjoisia kuvia 1986 9 23:40 Warner/Chappell
Pohjola Suite 1979 2 00:00 Music Finland
Rain Hat 1976 9 04:00 Warner/Chappell
Rannalle nukkunut 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
Revelation 1996 9 03:21
Running 1980 9 04:00 Warner/Chappell
Saci Pererê 2009 00:00
Salakuljetettu ikoni 1975 9 00:00
Sammakon virsi sateen aikana 00:00 Bluebird Music Oy AB
Satakielen ahdistus 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Satakieli herää 1974 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Satakieli laulaa 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Satakieli lopettelee 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Satakieli lopettelee 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Scene from a Trance 1987 9 45:00
Series in Finland 1979 6 16:50 Warner/Chappell
Shattered mirrors 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Shure Tales 1988 10 25:00
Silent Music I-IV 00:00
Soft 1996 9 03:07
Song for my Brother 1982 7 04:06 LeBaron Music
Space Fantasy 2008 00:00 Music Finland
Spring Lament 1980 9 04:30
Spring Pools 1996 00:00 Music Finland
Stymied Exercise on a Course 00:00 Music Finland
Summer Sun 1980 9 04:00 Warner/Chappell
Sunday evening 00:00 Imudico
Sunday Morning 1980 9 04:30 Warner/Chappell
Suomi 1983 2 39:41 Heikki Sarmanto music shop
Suvi-illan vieno tuuli 1974 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Syksy 1974 9 00:47 Warner/Chappell
Syksy ja muita lauluja 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Tears in the Night 2001 00:00 Music Finland
The Bareness of... 1979 00:00 Warner/Chappell
The Dream of It and the Death 1972 9 11:15 Music Finland
The Freedom of the Moon 1996 00:00 Music Finland
The Incurable Dramatic 00:00
The Land That Is Not 1976 9 10:05 Warner/Chappell
Theme for Christer 1965 6 00:00 Imudico
The Pawn 1972 5 08:00
The Rose Family 1996 00:00 Music Finland
The Song of Extinct Birds 2002 00:00 Sulasol
The Spirit 1977 2 00:00 Music Finland
Three Little Dreams 1973 2 05:00
To See this Darkness 1979 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Tossing out your name 00:00 Music Finland
Traffic 1980 6 03:44 LeBaron Music
Trinity 1997 9 00:00
Tuomas ja Kaarina 1998 00:00 Music Finland
Turha on tuulta ohjata 1985 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Ultima Terra 1965 10 15:00
Undine 1980 9 05:30
Un-Wishing Well 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Väreitä 1966 9 05:00
Very Busy 00:00 Imudico
Waltz for a little girl 00:00 Imudico
Waltz for Eric 1979 00:00 Music Finland
Wartrane 00:00
Where the Heart Abides 00:00 Sulasol
Where the Heart Abides 00:00 Sulasol
Wild Horses 1996 00:00 Music Finland
Wooden Boards, Shingles 1979 00:00 Warner/Chappell