Jouko “Jokke” Lahtiranta is a big consumer of music. “All music is interesting and rewarding. Music is always comprised of the same elements: melody, rhythm, and dynamics. Music from symphonies to free jazz is born from these same components.” Even though Jokke has not composed or arranged music, he has played it nearly all his life. He sang in Cantabile choir for decades. This experience has created a steady basis for how the different elements operate in different kinds of music. “This is the basis of my drumming. I always try to find the best way to play in the particular moment.” That experience gives him the readiness to play music from a multitude of genres. In drumming, the emphasis is on the rhythm and the dynamics. In a small band, the drums probably have the broadest dynamic scale. “It is vital to be aware of the dynamic possibilities. It is important to be careful, but also seize the possibility when it arises.” Jokke is an avid user of brush sticks, which has given him a fair share of positive feedback.
The music of Greyhound is multifaceted and versatile. Even though the focus is in jazz, no genre is shunned. All genres have their distinct features that open new perspectives into music in general. Versatility is aslo added by the band’s own compositions and arrangements. “It is a privilege to be a part of a band in which the members can present a goal-directed sound in their own compositions. When I am able to respond to this challenge, I can experience being a part of the music that Tuula and Teuvo have created.”