Jazz Federation’s fall 2023 tours selected
The Board of Finnish Jazz Federation selected four bands to tour Finland in the fall of 2023. The inhouse productions include singer Riikka Keränen’s quartet and pianist Sid Hille’s F# ensemble, that also features reedsman Pepa Päivinen. The supported co-production tours ar drummer Tomi Kämäräinen’s Case Kämäräinen feat. Severi Pyysalo, and vibraphonist Panu Savolainen’s and folk band JPP’s collaboration.
Jazz Federation’s inhouse productions next fall are, as follows:
- September 11–24, 2023 Riikka Keränen
Riikka Keränen – vocals, Juho Valjakka – piano, Jori Huhtala – bass, Anssi Tirkkonen – drums
Read more on Keränen’s website: www.riikkakeranenmusic.com
- October 9–22, 2023 F# feat. Pepa Päivinen
Sid Hille – keyboard, theremin, Jori Huhtala – bass, Markus Ketola – drums, Pertti ”Pepa” Päivinen – saxophones, flutes
Read more on Hille’s website: www.sidhille.com
Jazz Federation’s co-productions received grants, as follows:
- Case Kämäräinen feat. Severi Pyysalo
Production: Tomi Kämäräinen, grant 6000,00 €
Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Marek Konarski – saxophone (POL), Tuomo Uusitalo – piano, Petter Asbjørnsen – bass (NOR), Tomi Kämäräinen – drums
Read more on Kämäräinen’s website: www.tomikamarainen.com
- Panu Savolainen & JPP
Production: Panu Savolainen, grant 6000,00 €
Panu Savolainen – vibraphone, Mauno Järvelä – violin, Arto Järvelä – violin, Matti Mäkelä – violin, Tommi Pyykönen – violin, Timo Myllykangas – double bass, Timo Alakotila – harmonium
Read more on Savolainen’s website: www.panusavolainen.com
The tour dates of the co-operative tours will be announced at a later stage.
Applicants for the fall 2023 tours and Jazz-Espa
The call for the tours and Jazz-Espa concert series took place in October 2022, and was met with 83 applications. The applicant ensembles featured altogether 364 musicians. Out of the musician total, 39 were female (11 %), 317 were male (87 %), 1 was non-binary and 7 preferred not to say their gender. The majority of the musicians, 344 people, were Finnish nationals or Finnish residents. The selection for the 2023 Jazz-Espa concert series will be made in February 2023, and the programme will be announced in April.
Jazz – heard and seen!
Finnish Jazz Federation’s tours promote the national accessibility of jazz and working opportunities for musicians, especially outside of the capital area. The touring activities include nine tours annually: 4 inhouse productions and 5 co-productions. The tours feature approximately 100 concerts in 40 locations around Finland.
Article photo: Riikka Keränen. Photographer: Jouni Harala.