Tomi Salesvuo Origins

Tomi Salesvuo hails from Lappeenranta, in Finnish South Karelia. He grew up in a family where music was a near constant presence through his musician father. For Tomi, his interest in playing the drums was born out of hearing live music at concerts, and playing in music class at school. Jazz and other rhythm music grabbed his interest, and the teenaged Salesvuo started playing in his hometown big band. In high school, goal-oriented drum studies became his focus in Helsinki. Later, Tomi was admitted to the Sibelius Academy jazz department, as the first youth program student in 1990. There, he completed his studies, graduating with an M. Mus. degree. His professional studies at the Sibelius Academy, as well as meeting and playing with musicians in the capital region quickly led to gigs and group projects, in a variety of settings, including the longest-lasting groups: XL, How Many Sisters, Anna-Mari Kähärä’s group and the soul jazz trio, Bitter Sweet.
Tomi Salesvuo lives in Helsinki with his family, and performs actively in groups performing a variety of musical styles, both at home and abroad. His compositions and approach to production can be heard on several albums, and he has participated in club and festival productions with his own company, Satomusic Ltd. Salesvuo serves as Assistant Professor at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, and has performed, held master classes and taught music in various parts of Europe, Russia, Turkey, the United States and Canada. His own group, the Tomi Salesvuo East Funk Attack has published three albums, “EFA”, “Rhythm” and “Nothing´s Enough” where his compositions and production are featured. Brand new Jazz trio Salesvuo Syncopation bursts the joy of playing together with Long time friends Pope Puolitaival – saxophone, Mikko Helevä –  Hammond Organ. Debyt album “Complete Loft Sessions” was released in 2023 (Eclipse Music). 

Testimonials & Quotes

”Tomi Salesvuo is the most versatile drummer I have ever played with. He can switch from a Funk groove to Swing without loosing passion and creativity”
Prof. Theo Kapilidis (Switzerland), Guitarist, Zurich University of the Arts

“He is a highly qualified musician with a strong personal style and an excellent “voice” as a leader and as a sideman.”
Prof. Peter Weniger (Germany), Saxofonist, Artistic Director Jazz-Institut-Berlin

“Playing with him as a soloist, you have a lot of support and input from him that you end up performing the most out of you. I love playing with Tomi!”
Önder Focan (Turkey), Jazz guitarist, Nardis Jazz Club Host– Istanbul

“Being an extraordinary drummer is not enough for him, he wants to expand into writing, arranging and producing and that’s exactly what he has done with this album in a very successful way”
(Linear notes – EFA album 2014) Nils Landgren (Sweden), Funk Artist

‘’Tomi is a great drummer and inspiring teacher, who is able to cover all the styles from Jazz to Contemporary music and did share recently his talent and knowledge very deeply and succesful with my drum students at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague‘’
Eric Ineke (Holland), Jazz drummer and teacher at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague

“Tomi is an outstanding musician, with great time & feel and understanding of music”
Iñaki Sandoval (Spain), Pianist, Director of Tartu University Viljandi Culture Academy in Estonia

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