"The Orquesta Bossa project started actually with a live gig in January 2012 when I had a chance to produce a concert for a line up with a quintet plus a string quartet. The material was Jazz and Bossa standards, nothing unusual. The sound of the combo got stuck in my mind, I just loved the traditional Bossa sound of the rhythmic section, combined with the front line horns and the string quartet adding a little bit more modern angle to it. So I decided to make more of the project and compose some original tunes and make an album. I was lucky to get my good friend, drummer Teppo Mäkynen involved in the project as a co-writer and producer. He has such wide knowledge in all kinds of music, and being a Bossa Nova enthusiastic, he was the one and only guy I could think of for this project. So we made tunes that we thought would be, in a way traditional Bossa Nova, but at the same time having some Scandinavian angle to it."
"We were not trying to sound like authentic Brazilians, but just making music that we think sounds great by using the traditional Bossa Nova sound as our guideline. The atmosphere is actually quite modal."
"I also asked a very talented arranger, Jussi Lampela, to help with the string arrangements which really play a big part on the album and the live band."
"The musicians on the album are the cream of Finnish jazz players, and classical players when it comes to the strings. The recording sessions were made in a very traditional way, all 9 musicians playing 100% live takes in the same small space. We used old 50's and 60's tube microphones and recorded on an analog 8-track tape recorder. "