Riikka Keränen launches the Jazz Federation's autumn season


Captivating audiences with her debut album A Vision of a Garden, singer and composer Riikka Keränen and her quartet embarks on a tour across Finland from September 6th to 16th. Initiating the Jazz Federation’s autumn season, this tour spans nine performances, reaching from Oulu to Espoo.

Presenting her modern vocal jazz with a refreshing pop sensibility, Riikka Keränen and her quartet traverse Finland from September 6th to 16th. The tour commences on Wednesday, September 6th in Oulu and includes stops in Raahe, Oulainen, Joensuu, Savonlinna, Kotka, Kuopio and Espoo. The tour concludes with a final concert in Turku on Saturday, September 16th.

In Riikka Keränen’s music, elements of post-bop jazz intertwine with tones and delicacy influenced by a more pop-oriented approach. With her quartet established in 2019, Keränen delivers atmospheric, modern jazz from her acclaimed debut album A Vision of a Garden released by Flame Jazz Records in February 2022. The English-language narratives traverse from emotional introspection to the rainforests of Cameroon, and even back in time to the era of pharaohs and Queen Nefertiti.

In addition to the album’s tracks, the concerts will feature unreleased compositions from the upcoming release. Through these new pieces, listeners will dive deeper into Keränen’s musical world and catch a glimpse of her unique creative process. Complementing Riikka Keränen’s ensemble are accomplished jazz musicians: pianist Juho Valjakka, bassist Jori Huhtala, and drummer Anssi Tirkkonen. Over the years, the band has evolved into a tightly-knit unit, breathing new life into the material from the A Vision of a Garden album.

Hailing from Oulu, Keränen is known not only for her solo career but also from jazz ensemble Signe and the groovy children’s music group Megasakki, which earned an Emma Award for their debut album in 2022. A graduate of the Sibelius Academy with a master’s degree in jazz music, Keränen has also studied jazz vocals at the Guildhall School of Music in London and the Malmö Academy of Music.

Riikka Keränen

Riikka Keränen – vocals
Juho Valjakka – piano
Jori Huhtala – bass
Anssi Tirkkonen – drums

Tour dates

Wed 6.9. klo 19.00 Oulu, RioLive / Oulun musiikkijuhlat
Thu 7.9. klo 19.00 Raahe, Friemanin talo / Rajatsi ry
Fri 8.9. klo 19.00 Oulainen, Kinokulma
Sat 9.9. klo 18.00 Joensuu, Konservatorion Pieni sali / Jazzkerho -76 ry
Sun 10.9. klo 18.00 Savonlinna, Kulttuurikellari / Olavin Jazz ry
Mon 11.9. klo 19.00 Kotka, Ravintola Kairo / Kotka Jazz ry
Wed 13.9. klo 18.30 Kuopio, King´s Crown / produced by Kuopio Jazz & Blues ry
Fri 15.9. klo 18.00 Espoo, Kupla / April Jazz Club, Espoo Big Band ry
Sat 16.9. klo 19.00 Turku, Logomo, Move-sali / Flame Jazz, Jazz City Turku ry

Jazz – heard and seen!

Finnish Jazz Federation’s essential form of operation is national touring. The annual touring activities enable approximately 100 concerts in 40 different locations all over Finland. The concerts mainly take place in their member organizations. Four of the tours are in-house productions, and five are produced in co-operation with external producers.

Photo: Otto Virtanen