Max Tabell (1962-) is a versatile music professional. He is a pianist and a keyboardist, and has been active in various ensembles from big bands to pop and rock groups for over 30 years. The most renowned of these are probably the Espoo Big Band, Q.Stone, Remu & His All Stars, and Bitter Sweet.
Max is also experienced in theatre work, both as a conductor and a musician. One of his most interesting and challenging theatre projects was the musical “I Was Looking at the Ceiling...” scored by John Adams, which Max toured with from Helsinki to Edinburgh, Paris, and Hamburg – the score was later recorded in Helsinki, conducted by the composer.
Max Tabell is profoundly experienced in pedagogy. He taught jazz pianism and harmony at the Sibelius Academy Jazz Department from 1989 to 2002, and then started working as a lecturer in jazz pianism at the Department of Music Education. Max has been the head of Department since 2011.
International network is wide: Max has taught in Netherlands, Germany, Nepal, China and Malaysia. His book “Jazzmusiikin harmonia” (Jazz Harmony) was published in 2004 and web site Afroimpro in 2007.
In recent years Max has developed methods to teach improvisation for beginners and classical musicians with little or no previous experience in improvisation by applying methods of learning to improvise traditionally used by jazz and popular music professionals. He has also absorbed methods originally developed for theatre improvisation into his pedagogical approach.