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Jarmo Saari Republic at G Livelab

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Jarmo Saari Republic
G Livelab
Helsinki
February 28, 2019

Jarmo Saari has been making music on the Nordic scene for more years than most of us care to remember. As a child he was involved in the Tapiola Choir in Espoo, the Helsinki suburb synonymous with high art of visual as ...

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Gourmet At April Jazz Club

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Gourmet
April Jazz Club
Espoo, Finland
February 8, 2019

You can't judge a book--or a CD--by its cover, but the contents frequently become inexorably associated with the packaging. Visiting the April Jazz Club in early February to see a band called “Gourmet" might suggest tasty fare in leafy spring surroundings. The ...

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Tampere Jazz Happening 2018

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Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
November 1-4, 2018

In Finland, as winter begins and the clocks change, the city of Tampere, a couple hours north of Helsinki, hosts its International Jazz Happening over a long weekend. The world comes to Tampere, and Finnish jazz gets to showcase its place and connections ...

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Flow Festival 2018

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Flow Festival
Helsinki, Finland
August 10-12, 2018

Once the fizz and thud of a modern outdoor festival fades, in my case behind numerous trees and double glazing 1½ miles away, one wonders how much art has been expended with such a concentration of energy put out. Flow Festival, based in the steampunk ...

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Papanosh in a Finnish Forest

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Papanosh
The Yellow House
Janakkala, FInland
July 29, 2018

If one believes that music originated in primitive wo/man's appreciation of the natural rhythms occurring in nature, then what better environment to witness live music than a shady dell, sheltered from the sun as well as the adjacent road by a solid ...

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We Jazz Festival 2017

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We Jazz Festival
Helsinki, Finland
December 2-9, 2017

Being a party animal at latitudes above 60 degrees takes some doing in the winter months, in Anchorage as in Archangel. Helsinki is south of both cities, just, but is host to one of Scandinavia's hottest and yet coldest modern jazz festivals in ...

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36th International Tampere Jazz Happening

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36th International Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
November 2-5, 2017

They were the winner of this year's Europe Jazz Network (EJN) Award for Adventurous Programming. Receiving the award at April's jazzahead! conference in Bremen, Tampere Jazz Happening and Artistic Director Juhamatti Kauppinen celebrated what has become 35 years of top-drawer programming. The ...

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April Jazz Festival in Espoo, Finland

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April Jazz
Espoo, Finland
April 26-30, 2017

April in southern Finland is a time of rapidly lengthening daylight and often crystalline blue skies heralding spring. This year though relentless gray skies and bitter winds made the appeal of a long weekend of top class jazz an even stronger motivation to ignore the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sväng: Hauptbahnhof

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From the outset, Sväng's eighth album Hauptbahnhof evokes a bygone age of often gilded life, leisured strolls, and acoustic instrumentation. Or is it just the evocative sound of their four harmonicas that immediately conjures marching men, wartime truces and so forth? In any case this album of idiosyncratic tunes, and one song, does more than its ...

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We Jazz Festival 2016

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We Jazz Festival 2016
Multiple venues
Helsinki, Finland
December 4-11, 2016

The winter We Jazz 'event' has been running for four years now, and founding mentor Matti Nives is somewhat challenged to find suitable new venues to take his artists to, having established a tradition of taking jazz to improbable ...