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Mathias Sandberg

He has been called "one of Finland's best kept secrets", the highly acclaimed but criminally under-recorded guitarist and composer Mathias Sandberg is one of the hardest working jazz musicians in the country. For the past 15 years, he has been touring with some of the greatest jazz artists on the Finnish and Swedish jazz scene, including Georg Riedel, Pierre Swärd, Peter Asplund, Nick Mancini, Jukka Eskola, Teppo Mäkynen, Manuel Dunkel and many others. Born in Jakobstad on the west coast of Finland, Sandberg started playing guitar at the age of eleven and landed a teaching job at the main music school in the region just five years later

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We jazz festival 2019

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We Jazz Festival Finland & Estonia 7th We Jazz Festival Helsinki, Tampere & Tallinn December 1-8, 2019 Two things are always certain about the We Jazz Festival in Finland, and neither involve death or money. The concert tickets are modest by Scandinavian scales, tho' pricey for Central Europeans. The most ...

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Some small steps for jazz

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Rantajatsit Jazz onthe Beach Raahe, Finland July 25-27, 2019 Raahe is a small town on the north west coast of Finland renowned if anything for the antiquity of its planning, much of which survives despite a fire in 1810 and an attack by the British navy in 1855 when the ...

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Eyolf Dale at April Jazz

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Eyolf Dale April Jazz Espoo, Finland April 26, 2019 In keeping with the gradual arrival of spring in southern Finland and the mini festival just outside Helsinki, April Jazz, Norwegian bandleader Eyolf Dale brought a strong sense of musical color. The breadth of his musical taste runs from ...

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Susanna Aleksandra

Susanna Aleksandra is an Estonian jazz singer, lyricist and composer currently based in Los Angeles. Passionate for languages, she effortlessly plays with words and melodies, navigating through traditional, modern and Latin Jazz. A natural storyteller, the charismatic singer holds the listener spellbound, making jazz approachable not only for jazz lovers. Susanna’s other passion besides music is languages. She holds a degree in French language and literature and is a fluent speaker of 6 languages.

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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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