All About Jazz (US)

Lost heroes Iiro Rantala ACT Music (2011) German record label ACT Music is rapidly cornering the market in stylish solo piano albums. With Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala’s Lost Heroes, it adds another distinctive and glorious recording to its collection, alongside...

Lew Soloff (US)

“When I first heard the Trio Toykeat play I was totally bowled over…knocked out. I immediately recommended them for work…and also started hiring them… then they started hiring me! Iiro Rantala is one of the best musicians I have ever known. A...

Gil Goldstein (US)

“Iiro Rantala is a pianistic sensation who makes the strongest case I know to believe in reincarnation because his pianistic technique and musical sensitivity speak of depths which appear impossible to have been achieved in this lifetime alone….” Gil...

Herald Sun (AUS)

“The most exciting performance of the festival was by Finnish ensemble Trio Toykeat….. Their music at Montsalvat was exhilarating and beautiful….The audience erupted into a frenzy after every solo….”Jessica Nicholas, Herald Sun,...

Trouw (NL)

Trio Toykeat is the name of the Finnish ensemble, and on Thursday made its debut in the Amsterdam Bimhuis. As such it is of course not important that a Finnish group plays here. Actually a number of groups play here often from less obvious originating jazz countries....

Berlingske Tidende (DK)

24.9.1998 (Copenhagen Jazzhouse 23/9/98) A Finnish phenomenon It is important to experience Finnish jazz live, as it is difficult to describe. Finnish jazz is peopled with originals, which was once more confirmed, when Trio Töykeät played for the first time in...