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Arto M. -Project

Working with my new band, really excited about it!

Arto Mäkelä - Guitar & Composition
Thomas Stieger - Bass
Felix Lehrmann - Drums

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Ed Motta (2015 ->)

​Touring all over the Europe with this amazing Grammy nominated Brazilian artist!

Band: Ed Motta (p/fender rhodes/voc) - Matti Klein (p/keys) - Arto Mäkelä (g) - Laurent Salzard (b) - Yoran Vroom (dr)

Sarah Connor (2015 ->)

Touring in Germany, Switzerland and Austria with this amazing singer an her spectacular band:
Torsten Goods (md/gtr) - Arto Mäkelä (gtr) - Jan Miserre (keys) - Thomas Stieger (bass) - Rhani Krija (perc) - Felix Lehrmann (drs) - Boo Boo (bg voc) - Cat (bg voc) - Maxime (bg voc)

Sarah Connor - Herz, Kraft, Werke DVD

​Sarah Connor Live DVD released 2019, recorded in Hamburg, Germany.

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Ballet "Club 27" (2012-2015)

​Ballett choreographed by Silvana Schröder, Bühnen der Stadt Gera. This was a really interesting opportunity to work with ballett dancers and be involved with creating process. I played live on the stage and produced several pieces of music for the production.

George Martin: The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Compositions

An album about unreleased orchestral works of late Beatles producer George Martin. Recorded in Berlin and produced by Craig Leon (Ramones, Blondie, Suicide etc.).

Jimmy Somerville (2016)

Disco! Freedom To Dance Tour with the co-founder of the famous synthpop group Bronski Beat!

Sarah Connor - Live DVD

Sarah Connor Live DVD released 2016, recorded live in Dresden, Germany.

Michael Patrick Kelly (2018)

​Had the honour to play some shows with the great Michael Patrick Kelly!

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Arto Mäkelä Guitarist

Born and raised in the city of Tampere (Finland) Arto Mäkelä discovered his talent and passion for the guitar early on and performed professionally from the age of 16. These years of experience enable him to transcend a multitude of musical styles without effort. Whether it be rock, pop or jazz, his tasteful playing blends in or stands out as desired. In addition to performing as a live guitarist and studio work for many artists, Arto Mäkelä also composes and arranges music.


Since 2009 Arto Mäkelä is based in Germany and has had the pleasure to work with an impressive variety of renowned artists. As part of grammy nominated artist Ed Motta’s European band he performed at the London Barbican Centre (UK), Paris New Morning (FR), ElbJazz Hamburg (DE), Pori Jazz Festival (FI), Vienna Jazz Festival (AT), Copenhagen Jazz Festival (DK) as well as jazz clubs in Amsterdam (NL) and Berlin (DE). Impressing both with musical talent and stage presence Arto Mäkelä joined the band of the internationally acclaimed recording artist Sarah Connor, performing for up to 25.000 fans at arenas, festivals and TV shows as well as CD and DVD productions.  Jimmy Somerville put his faith in Arto Mäkelä as his guitarist on his first ever tour as a solo artist with a live band in Germany. Other artists Arto Mäkelä has collaborated with include Michael Patrick Kelly (IRL), Udo Lindenberg (DE), Frank Wildhorn (US), Mike Dixon (GB), Pete Gage (GB) and Das Gewandhausorchester (DE) amongst others.


Further to his work with artists across the globe Arto Mäkelä is also experienced in the theatrical environment. He was chosen by Queen to perform as part of the musical We Will Rock You at Theater des Westens in Berlin (DE). He also acted as soloist, producer and musical arranger for the production of “Ballet Club 27” at the municipal Theatre Gera (DE).


Arto Mäkelä’s exceptional musical talent flourishes based on a solid foundation, having earned both a Master of Arts in “Pop & Jazz Music” (University of Music and Theatre »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« Leipzig, Germany) and a Bachelor of Arts in “Culture and Arts, Pop and Jazz Music Education” (Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science, Finland).






Ed Motta (BR)

Sarah Connor (DE)

Michale Patrick Kelly (IRL)

Jimmy Somerville (UK)

Frank Wildhorn (US)

Alex Melcher (DE)

Udo Lindenberg (DE)

Das Gewandhausorchester (DE)

Mike Dixon (UK)

Sabrina Weckerlin (DE)

Willemijn Verkaik (NL)

Pete Gage (UK)

Herr Rynkowksi (DE)

Marc Seibert (DE)

Vera Bolten (DE)

Bühnen der Stadt Gera (DE)

June Coco (DE)

Theater der Jungen Welt (DE)

Anu Neuvonen (FI)

Zephyr (FI)

Pepe Willberg (FI)

The Charades (FI)



Marriage Material - Marriage Material

Sarah Connor - Herz, Kraft ,Werke (DVD & CD)

Sarah Connor - Muttersprache-Live (DVD & CD)

Sarah Connor - Muttersprache (Special Deluxe Ver.)

Craig Leon - The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin

June Coco - The Road

Mayjia Gille - Eisvogel: Luxusnacht

Anu Neuvonen - Kuitenkin

Anu Neuvonen - Sävel

Pete Gage - Tough Talk

Zephyr - Salasanoja

Zephyr - Sattumankauppaa

Jenny Garcia - Lifebathing

The Charades - Wild Cards

Tampere Big Band - Playing Late Fortunes



We Will Rock You (The Queen)

Hinterm Horizont (Udo Lindenberg)

West Side Story (L.Bernstein)

Hair (Galt MacDermot)

The Tree Musketeers (Bolland & Bolland)

"13" A New Musical (J.R. Brown)

Spin (Douglas Pashley)

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