What If Mozart Wrote 'White Christmas'
Northern Lights Orchestra: Bio
The Northern Lights Orchestra is under the direction of conductor Petri Juutillainen. These days, Juutillainen is probably the most respected big band educator in Finland. He commenced his musical life as a guitarist at the age of eleven, and six years later, after having heard recordings by Count Basie and Oscar Peterson, Juutilainen switched over to the trombone.
In 1972 he enrolled at the Sibelius Acedemy and took a post at the Tapiola Big Band (later known as the Espoo Big Band). Slide Hampton and Jay Jay Johnson were among the initial inspirers of the budding brassman. Three years went, and Juutilainen began to enter the session circuit. There had also been talk of forming a new big band, and in 1975 it happened after a workshop led by Heikki Sarmanto. The UMO was conceived, and Petri was among the founding fathers.
In 1983 Juutilainen became a full-time freelancer and also began his 15-year tenure at the helm of the Settlemen Big Band. In the beginning of the 80's Juutilainen travelled to New York City and started studying chart copying on Broadway. The newly-found copyist's skill would yield Petri a healthy amount of his income after his homecoming.
In 1985 the trombonist had his first teaching experience at a big band summer camp. From those days onwards Juutilainen has taught annually at a multitude of various big band-related happenings. In the early 90's Petri founded his own seven-man group Swing Connection, which set out to play traditional swing tunes with modern gusto and bravado. Throughout his career the brassman has also written his own tunes and arranged dozens of pieces.
In 1993 Juutilainen was invited to lead the Helsinki Police Big Band, and this assignment kept the man busy until early 2002. Aside from his hands-on involvement in music, Juutilainen is also an
Producer, Warren Schatz, is famous for composing, producing, arranging, and conducting the orchestra for such mid- to late-1970s disco recording artists as Vicki Sue Robinson, The Brothers, Revelation, Evelyn King, and Gordon Grody. In 1965 the Swedish garage pop group Ola & the Janglers recorded a Warren Schatz composition, 'Tomorrow's On Your Side', Warren Schatz has also recorded obscure cover versions of finnish singer Irwin Goodman's songs, released on two ultra-rare CBS singles in the early 70's. CBS 1405: 'Don't You Go Away Again' with 'I've Been Wonderin' on the flip side. CBS 8344: Boing, Boing, Boing with Tomorrow On My Own on the flip side.
What If Mozart Wrote White Christmas, really says it all. An interesting question, and the title to this year's most interesting holiday album. No vocals, just a dozen classic Christmas songs, orchestrated for string orchestra and recorded in spacious Tallinn United Methodist Church in Estonia. Featuring the Northern Lights Orchestra and under the direction of conductor Petri Juutillainen, producer Warren Schatz commented that "the church proved to be a studio like none other, with a spire that dwarfs any of the surrounding buildings. The angled ceiling that ranges from 60 to 80 feet high produced a distinct, natural acoustic, and the reverb would hang for 3 seconds. It was smooth, silky, and balanced everywhere."
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