Somber for piano (2017) was commissioned by Ville Hautakangas. The composer sees the character of the work autumnal, as often in his compositions. The fast middle section is related to Turriago's first piano sonata, and his passion for jazz is clearly audible. Somber has many tempo changes and a built-in restlessness.
The career of the composer, pianist and conductor Tuomas Turriago (b. 1979) has been very versatile, the main motivator being a passion for music, regardless of instrument, style or genre. As a pianist, he has focused on chamber music, and has worked as a lecturer in collaborating piano at Tampere Music Academy since 2004. He has been soloist of various Finnish orchestras and has performed at numerous music festivals in Finland and all over Europe, the US, Colombia, Near East and Far East.
Somber (2017) syntyi Ville Hautakankaan tilauksesta. Säveltäjän mukaan teoksen sävy on hänelle tyypilliseen tapaan elokuisen haikea. Nopea välijakso on sukua Turriagon ensimmäiselle pianosonaatille, ja siinä kuuluu hänen rakkautensa jazziin. Somberia leimaavat monet temponvaihdokset ja sisäinen levottomuus.