It’s impossible to say why the inner music of certain people fit so well together but it is an essential ingredient, needed for a band to function on every level. This is hard to achieve if it doesn’t come naturally. Friends decide to form a band and together embark on a journey towards the mystical reality of music. This happened to Esa and Elina on 2008 when they first met. Since then they have lured into existence something previously unheard-of, deriving from things they find touching and inspiring in music. To do this requires an ability to really hear and listen to each other.
Their musical histories have numerous similarities and ovelappings. Classical music had a strong impact on both of them when they were very young. Esa was introduced to the great names of classical music and the solemn pomposity of the church organ by his father who is a cantor. These childhood experiences have left a big mark on Esa’s musical aesthetics.
Elina, on her part, has absorbed the traditions of classical music during her piano lessons. The French impressionists and echoes of the classics of the baroque era shine through in the way she composes music for CoreBaroque.
Neither of them never really settled into the world of classical music. Esa’s strict Hungarian violin teacher, and the wild teenage years, estranged him and showed the way towards rock music and drums. He could handle the guitar as well, and as the bands changed (Graydance, Norja, Nevergreen, Tähkäset) so changed his instrument, depending on what was needed. Occasionally he played keyboards, too.
Elina felt a bit out of place playing music composed by others. She aimed to find ways to express her experiences in a creative manner and strongly felt she needed to write her own music and lyrics. One of her piano teachers, firmly rooted in the world of classical music, saw Elina as “clearly, like, really musical, but but..” Elina eventually found her place as a story teller in a pop/ rock-genre. She has produced and performed her music with many different outfits, including Ladybug, Elina& Mielikuvituskaverit and Sydänmaan soittokunta.
The actual musical homecoming didn’t really take place until CoreBaroque was formed and Esa and Elina started to compose their own material by improvising together. Piano riffs stemming from classical music and Esa’s drumbeats have usually formed the first drafts of new songs. The songs that make it from early raw state to a finished recorded piece have been collective favourites. There have been no compromises in arranging the material, and a song is only ready when its’ essence and true nature has been satisfactorily revealed. The most common and usual methods are avoided when arranging as the composers wish to keep the material surprising.
The sound of CoreBaroque was completed by the introduction of a chamber orchestra. These players are artists on top of their game, with a lot of experience from both fields, classical and lighter music. Aleksi Santavuori (Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Sampo Lassilan Narinkka) brought his creativity into the recording process by improvising incredible violin passages. The chamber group was completed by Atte Kilpeläinen on viola (Meta4, Hauras, Helsinki Philharmony Orchestra) and Hannu Kiiski on cello (Total Cello Ensemble). Several songs also include Tuukka Vihtkari (Hesinki Symphony Orchestra) on bassoon. These songs were first performed at Elina and Esa’s wedding.