Ari Poutiainen


Description of research and teaching

Ari Poutiainen is a contemporary Finnish composer, musician, researcher and educator.


Besides his main instruments, violin and viola, he performs, for example, on piano and keyboards, vocals, guitar, bass guitar, recorder, tin whistle, diatonic and chromatic harmonica, drums and percussion. He frequently uses a custom 5-string viola instead of the standard 4-string model. He also plucks his violins and violas; hold and play them like a guitarist.


Poutiainen maintains three active creative careers. He does, researches and teaches music.

COMPOSITION & PERFORMANCE: Poutiainen composes frequently and his catalogue includes approximately 150 registered works. They vary from instrumental solo pieces to small jazz band tunes to larger compositions for a symphony orchestra. He appears on more than 50 albums as a soloist, sideman, arranger or conductor. He perform with different groups, from which the most active are The Bad Ass Brass Band, Ardency, Farther-Out and Jyjy.


RESEARCH: Poutiainen has a PhD in music. Earlier he focused in researching jazz history and pedagogy and has, for example, developed and published an extensive fingering strategy for modern jazz violin improvisation. This strategy, called "Stringprovisation", has been acknowledged worldwide as a significant pioneering study and contribution. His recent publications represent music education, creativity and innovation.


EDUCATION: Poutiainen works at the University of Helsinki as a university lecturer of music education. In the North-American academic terms this tenure position equals to a status of an associate professor. He also teaches string improvisation at the Sibelius Academy and gives international jazz strings master classes.


Latest publications

  1. ImproStory: Social Improvisation and Storytelling in Arts and Skills Subjects in Teacher Education

    Karppinen, S., Poutiainen, A., Kairavuori, S., Rusanen, S. & Komulainen, K., 22 Apr 2018, In : International Journal of Education and the Arts. 19, 9, p. 1-24 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Jazzy Tunes and Dreamy Images in the Cold War Era: Launching Finnish Jazziskelmä On-screen

    Kilpiö, K., Skaniakos, T. & Poutiainen, A., 2018, In : Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning. 100, p. 25-46 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Musiikki (erikoisnumero): Monimuotoinen musiikintutkimus 2

    Tiainen, M. (ed.), Ranta-Meyer, T. (ed.) & Poutiainen, A. (ed.), 2018, Helsinki: Suomen musiikkitieteellinen seura. (Musiikki; vol. 47, no. 3)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Gypsy Jazz and Grappelli à Gogo: Aspects and Issues of Contemporary Jazz Violin Education

    Ari Poutiainen (Speaker), Tom Sykes (Speaker)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  2. Locating Lockwood: Didier Lockwood’s Journey and Legacy

    Ari Poutiainen (Speaker), Tom Sykes (Speaker)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  3. School for Schemes: Didier Lockwood’s artistic and pedagogical legacy

    Ari Poutiainen (Speaker), Tom Sykes (Speaker)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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Latest prizes

  1. Grant in University Pedagogy Development

    Ari Poutiainen (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. Liveology - Practices and Ideologies of Live Music in Finland

    Poutiainen, A., Uimonen, H., Kontukoski, M., Vanhasalo, M., Luonila, M. & Mäkelä, J.

    03/09/2012 → …

    Project: Research project

  2. Music for All

    Kaikkonen, M., Kivijärvi, S., Kontu, E., Nuorsaari, A., Pirttimaa, R. A., Poutiainen, A., Ryökkynen, S., Saarimäki, H., Törmänen, M. & Uusitalo, K.


    Project: Research project

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