Flying Like Eagles

Flying Like Eagles

Kalle Kalima

Label: ACT music
Format: CD
Barcode: 0614427988829
Catalog number: ACT 98882
Releasedate: 30-08-19
- A brand new album by the great guitarist Kalle Kalima
- Knut Reiersrud, Phil Donkin and Kim Black join Kalima on this new records
As you listen to “Flying Like Eagles”, perhaps an episode from Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road” or a scene from the movie “Easy Rider” will flicker across your mind. And if it does, it will be because the point of departure for this album is traditional roots music from America, partly inspired by the American-Indian heritage, plus three classic songs that are also imbued with that same spirit of unspoilt authenticity and freedom.
The origins of the main protagonists on this album might come as a surprise, though: these two guitarists are not actually from the southern states of the US but from Scandinavia. And yet there isn’t any contradiction: Kalle Kalima, a Finn, had already developed a total passion for traditional American folk music while still a teenager. During his music studies, he spent a year on a student exchange in Chicago and immersed himself deeply in the local scene. As a result, Kalima has returned to this music again and again, most recently with his Americana jazz project “High Noon”. Knut Reiersrud has been demonstrating all his life that Norwegians have the blues too. After Buddy Guy and Otis Rush discovered him at the age of 18, the US became his musical home. He played with greats of American music such as Dr. John, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Blind Boys of Alabama and soul singer Mighty Sam McClain.
Guitarists Kalima and Reiersrud complement each other perfectly – one comes from jazz and rock, the other from blues and world music. Kalima says: “In the studio, a natural flow developed quickly. I mostly took the melody line with my electric guitar, whereas Knut on his various different guitars tended to concentrate on colours, sounds and sound layers. It was important to us that the music should sound very genuine, so we didn’t fix much in advance. The album should sound like we’re jamming.” And so “Flying Like Eagles” has become a proper guitar album, in which Kalima and Reiersrud explore the manifold possibilities of their instruments. The fact that it sounds so fresh, intuitive and authentic is also due to the first-class rhythm section: Phil Donkin on bass and drummer Jim Black are both first-call players who have made their mark on the New York scene.
“Many of the songs on the album come from populations and minorities who have lived harmoniously and in a connected way with nature, and this album is a tribute to them,” Reiersrud makes clear. This message is now more topical than ever. May eagles continue to fly high, and for a long time yet...

Kalle Kalima (b. 1973 in Helsinki, Finland) began his journey into sound with piano lessons at the age of six. Five years later he switched over to the guitar and has never looked back. He studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and at the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin under the guidance of Raoul Björkenheim and John Schröder to name a few. After taking up residence in Berlin, Kalima has experienced a revelation in his attitude towards free music.

So far Kalle has worked with trompeter Tomasz Stanko, sax player Juhani Aaltonen, pianist Heikki Sarmanto, bass players Sirone, Teppo Hauta-Aho, Carlos Bica & Ed Schuller, guitarist Marc Ducret, composer Simon Stockhausen, drummer Tony Allen and singer Linda Sharrock. He is also playing with Jimi Tenor, finnish underground pop star. Last years have been busy years for Kalima, touring mostly in Europe but also in Africa, Asia and USA.