Flow Festival: Helsinki, Finland, August 10-12, 2012
The final day of blue skies and balmy temperatures brought a rockier feel to the major stages and another band with a strong leading instrumentalist, Panu Savolainen
and Herd Trio, to the jazz hall. His vibraphone stands front-of-stage, although he shares compositional credits with his colleagues, bassist Mikko Pellinen and drummer Tuomas Timonen. For the second of the three sets Savolainen played a solo spot, ably proving that a new approach to a classical instrument brings new listeners. Returning for its last set, the band played more of its own music, intricately structured pieces with plenty of individual improvisation, and found a ready, youthful audience throughout the rest of the evening.
So, with the Scandinavia days getting rapidly shorter, and school routines starting to dominate life, the old power station resumed its tranquil role as iconic landmark on the edge of Helsinki's center. Summer evening celebrations continue through August every summer with the 2012 Helsinki Festival featuring guitarist Bill Frisell
as well as its own Viapori Jazz, on an island in the harbor area. But nights in the north soon become quite nippy. Flow will recommence next year, and based on this year's showing, jazz will be one of the many flavors it once again offers.Photo Credit
All Photos: Courtesy of Flow Festival