Upcoming Events

March/April 2017

PAAVALI JUMPPANEN (Finland) - Performing in Victoria, ACT, Queensland and South Australia


Internationally celebrated Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen will tour Australia for the 8th time in March and April 2017 for five concerts in four states, including collaborations with the Castlemaine State Festival, and recitals in Brisbane for QPAC, in Adelaide for Recitals Australia and in Canberra for the Embassy of Finland. During the past 20 years Paavali Jumppanen has become known as an exciting and a versatile performer, who is equally at home on stage as a soloist and a chamber musician. His vast repertoire spans much of the classical piano literature, from Bach to the avant-garde. As on previous international tours and concerts in Australia, Paavali Jumppanen performs a diversified repertoire and recently has also extensively recorded.

Paavali Jumppanen's repertoire for the forthcoming March/April Australian tour will comprise works by:
Sibelius – Kylikki Op. 41 (three lyrical pieces) – Impromptu Op. 5 No. 5
Debussy – Preludes Book 2
Murail – Cloches d'adieu et un sourire
Beethoven – Op. 57 Appassionata
Mozart – piano concerto K. 466 (with Bendigo Symphony Orchestra)
Poulenc – sextet with piano – and Mozart piano and wind sextet – both with Arcadia Wind Quintet


"... a rare wedding of intellectual penetration, coloristic imagination, and sheer virtuoso firepower." - Boston Globe

Photo: Pia Johnson

Concert Dates 2017

Friday/Saturday 24 & 25 March, Castlemaine: Castlemaine State Festival - www.castlemainefestival.com.au
Monday 27 March, ACT: Canberra Embassy of Finland - www.finland.org.au
Wednesday 29 March, Brisbane: QPAC - www.qpac.com.au
Sunday 02 April, South Australia: Mt Barker – Ukaria Cultural Centre - Recitals Australia

Recent Events

August 2016 - March 2017

TONY GOULD and MICHELLE NICOLLE - 'Gould on the Art of Creative Music' - CD/DVD project


A tribute to professor Tony Gould, sublime pianist, composer, educator and one of Australia's leading musical thinkers -

Special screenings of a film by Henk van Leeuwen and Tony Gould about the art of creative music making in Melbourne and Tony Gould's perspective on the improvisation in music and the manifestation of jazz culture in Australia.

The film places a focus on Melbourne as Australia's leading creative centre and its talented practitioners of what we call jazz.

Through a series of musical collaborations and dialogues with Tony Gould, this documentary highlights Gould's take on the art and freshness of improvisation, the attitude to playing it and the importance of being a listener both as a musician and an audience. This is a film for musical improvisers, jazz lovers of all kinds and above all for students and aspiring music makers.

CD/DVD available ($25.00) from Move Records - www.move.com.au
CD/DVD Review by Alison Lee-Tet - Melbourne 3MBS jazz presenter
Tony Gould on the Art of Creative Music - Trailer

"The bottom line for me is by all means learn in any way you can, but remember music is first of all about sound, it's about listening to yourself and to your fellow musicians, and what others are doing and pick up - for me - on what Bill Evans said: 'truth and beauty' -" Tony Gould


Tony Gould Concerts / Tony Gould and Michelle Nicolle Concert

Thu 11 August: Tony Gould and Band: Bennetts Lane - www.bennettslane.com
Thu 18 August: Tony Gould and Band: Bennetts Lane - www.bennettslane.com
Fri 19 August: Monash University Music auditorium with Mike Nock
Sat 27 August: MLC Hall in Kew - with orchestra - evening
Sun 28 August: MLC Hall in Kew - with orchestra - afternoon

Tony Gould and Michelle Nicolle Concert
Sat 18 March: The Salon/Melb Recital Centre - www.melbournerecital.com.au

June 2016

TOMASZ STANKO BAND (Poland/Finland) - Melbourne International Jazz Festival - Modern Masters Series


Personnel: Tomasz Stanko, trumpet - Alexi Tuomarila, piano - Slawomir Kurkiewicz, bass - Olavi Louhivuori, drums

"At the heart of the European jazz scene since the fiery, radical days of the 1960s, Tomasz Stanko has been hailed as “one of the world’s most original and inventive jazz trumpeters" - The New Yorker

A pioneer of experimental and avant-garde jazz, his distinctive career traverses a milestone partnership with famed Roman Polanski film-composer Krzysztof Komeda and explorative cult albums and collaborations with the likes of Lee Konitz, Ravi Coltrane, Bobo Stenson and Jan Garbarek.

Featuring a formidable line up from the vanguard of European jazz, these tautly lyrical sessions will contrast ballad-like expressivity and modern spaciousness, underpinned by Stanko’s finely-honed harmonic sensibility.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival
YouTube video

"Stanko’s tone, with its characteristic grit, speaks of a lifetime of experiences good and bad; and his ability to levy visceral moments almost instantly contrasting with passages of revealing vulnerability remains unparalleled to this day" - All About Jazz

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Festival Concert Dates

Thursday 9 June, 6.30 pm and 9.00 pm:
Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse, Southbank
Friday 10 June, 10.00 am: Workshop featuring Tomasz Stanko Band - Monash University Music Auditorium - Free entry
Saturday 11 June, 6,30 pm:
Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse, Southbank
Monash Art Ensemble featuring Tomasz Stanko, exploring the music of Krzysztof Komeda, the legendary Polish film composer and jazz musician who was Roman Polanski’s composer of choice, creating scores for such iconic films as Rosemary’s Baby and Knife in the Water.

May 2016

PAAVALI JUMPPANEN (Finland) - Performing in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland


In residence in Melbourne with ANAM (Australian National Academy of Music), and performing with the ANAM Orchestra at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the South Melbourne Town Hall, and with the ANAM Ensemble in Geelong, Perth and Brisbane, as well as a solo recital in Hamilton (Victoria).

Following his Melbourne recital in the 'Great Performers' series at the Melbourne Recital Centre in May 2015, and other cities, the dynamic Finn, who has just released his Vol.3 of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas - see also review link below - returns to Australia for the 7th time to collaborate with some of Australia's finest young musicians.

Repertoire piano/director ANAM Pianists, Musicians and ANAM Orchestra, for the full individual ANAM program details see: www.anam.com.au/what-s-on.

Mozart Sonata in D for 2 pianos K.448 - Beethoven Piano Concerto no.5, Op.73, Emperor - Crumb Zeitgeist: III Monocord - Beethoven Piano Sonata no.30 in E major op.109 - Crumb Makrokosmos, Part 1: VI Night-Spell I (Sagittarius), Crumb Celestial Mechanics: Part IV III Gamma Draconis - Beethoven Piano Sonata no.31 in A-flat major op.110 - Crumb Makrokosmos, Part I: Primeval Sounds (Cancer) - Beethoven Piano Sonata no.32 in C minor op.111 - Crumb Makrokosmos III: Music for a Summer Evening - Beethoven Trio for clarinet, cello & piano op.11 - Poulenc Elegy for French horn & piano - Debussy Preludes (selections) - Poulenc Trio for oboe, bassoon & piano op.43 - Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor - Beethoven Quintet for piano & winds in E-flat major op 16.

Media Release

Sibelius, Impromtu in B-minor Op 5 No. 5
Chopin, Barcarolle Op. 60 - Chopin, Etude Op. 25 No. 1
See also: www.paavalijumppanen.com

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas review in Gramophone

Melbourne Age review of Paavali's Melbourne MRC's 'Great Performers Series' Rectial of 21 May 2015

"... a rare wedding of intellectual penetration, coloristic imagination, and sheer virtuoso firepower." - Boston Globe

Photo: Pia Johnson

Concert Dates 2016

Bookings unless otherwise stated: www.anam.com.au
Wednesday 4 May, Hamilton: Performing Arts Centre - (Solo Recital) - bookings: www.hamiltonpac.com.au
Wednesday 11 May, Melbourne Recital Centre - with ANAM pianists and ANAM Orchestra - bookings: www.melbournerecitalcentre.com.au
Friday 13 May, South Melbourne Town Hall - with ANAM Pianists
Saturday 14 May, South Melbourne Town Hall - with ANAM Pianists and ANAM Orchestra
Thursday 19 May, South Melbourne Town Hall - with ANAM Musicians
Friday 20 May, Geelong: McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College - bookings: gpac.org.au
Sunday 22 May, Perth: Government House Ballroom - bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au
Tuesday 24 May, Brisbane: Ian Hanger Recital Hall – Queensland Conservatorium of Music - bookings: conevents.com.au

May 2016

MICHELLE NICOLE sings Ellington - Melbourne - Bird's Basement

MICHELLE NICOLE sings Ellington

MICHELLE NICOLLE's debut at Bird's Basement - Melbourne newest jazz club. Australia's internationally acclaimed jazz voice has climbed to a maturity unsurpassed in Australia and holds its own in the rankings of the top vocalists on the world jazz scene.

MICHELLE NICOLE QUARTET - with Geoff Hughes - guitar, Tom Lee - bass, Ronny Ferella - drums.


"I have loved Michelle's singing perpetually and without ceasing since first I heard her, Michelle is a singer born to sing, born to charm, enlighten and seduce through music. I only wish she lived in the States somewhere so I could manage to hear her more often." - Kurt Elling


Only Concert

Thursday 12 May: Bird's Basement Jazz Club 7.45 pm - book ($29 + booking fee): birdsbasement.com

December 2015

KOKKO QUARTET (Finland) - Performing in Queensland, ACT, NSW, Victoria


Kokko Quartet - In Finnish Kalevala mythology kokko refers to a gigantic eagle, a mythical creature of the air having many forms, as does the music of Kokko Quartet. Based in Helsinki, the group plays recognisably Scandinavian jazz but draws influences from Indian and Arabic music as well as Cuban rhythms, creating a distinctive overall sound. Kokko Quartet performs songs written by pianist Johanna Pitkänen, saxophone player Kaisa Siirala and bass player Timo Tuppurainen. Together with drummer Risto Takala, these four musicians share an interest in free expression, jazz and world music. Intuitively, they move through the music with a spirit of great freedom in their interplay. Their debut album 'Like a River' was released in March 2013.

Kaisa Siirala - saxophones and flutes, Johanna Pitkänen - piano, Timo Tuppurainen - bass, Risto Takala - drums

www.kokkoquartet.com - Videos

"The music flows gently and smoothly, breaking boundaries between different musical genres. In a sensuous and subtle way, elements of jazz unite with Scandinavian influences, hints of Tango, Indian and Arabic as well as Cuban music" - Osku Rajala, Jazzrytmit (Finnish Jazz Magazine)

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Australian Concert Dates 2015

Thu 3 Dec, Melbourne: Bennettslane Jazz Club - www.bennettslane.com (umbrellaed by the Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival)
Fri 4 Dec, Castlemaine: Old Castlemaine Gaol - Dinner&Show-7.00 pm - Concert only 8.30 pm - www.trybooking.com/HTBW - or 5472 3749
Sat 5 Dec, Brisbane: Brisbane Jazz Club - Kangaroo Point - 7.30 pm - www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au - book: 07 3391 2006
Mon 7 Dec, Canberra: Embassy of Finland - 7.00 pm - book: ewa.walczuk@formin.fi - 02 6273 3800
Tue 8 Dec, Sydney: Foundry616 Jazz Club - 616 Harris Street, Ultimo - 8.30 pm - book: www.foundry616.com.au - 02 9211 9442
Wed 9 Dec, Melbourne: Paris Cat Jazz Club, Goldie Place - book: www.pariscat.com.au

October 2015

IIRO RANTALA (Finland) - Touring Australia - Melbourne - Sydney - Cairns - Canberra


After touring the world for 18 years leading Trio Töykeät, Finnish jazz piano virtuoso Iiro Rantala is refreshingly still at the forefront of international pianism, and in 2011 released his debut solo album 'Lost Heroes' on the German ACT label, which was received in Europe with wide acclaim winning the annual German Record Critics Award, as well as the 'Echo Jazz' prize, Germany's most important music award. In Oct 2012 IIRO released his second ACT album 'My History of Jazz' with both solo and in Trio performances with Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson, Danish drummer Morten Lund, and special guest from Poland violinist Adam Baldych, and in March 2014 IIRO released his String Trio album 'Anyone with a heart' also on the ACT label - www.actmusic.com/en/Artists/Iiro-Rantala

Iiro Rantala is an energetic keyboard lion, who crosses music genres and styles with flair and excitement, playing at his exhilarating and adventurous best. Zany, unconventional and occasionally wicked, yet always entertaining and uncompromising. iiro Rantala is among the most internationally visible Finnish musicians, and is second to none when it comes to unsurpassed keyboard technique and flaring showmanship. Since starting his career over 25 years ago he has performed in 50 countries including a number of times in Australia and in different formations released 15 albums.

The October 2015 Iiro Rantala John Lennon Project: In October 2015 Iiro will release his next (4th on ACT) album: "Working Class Hero". It is the music of John Lennon, arranged for solo piano (Iiro style). On the 9th of October 2015, John Lennon would have been 75-years old. The album release will encompass one of the biggest European tours for Iiro so far in the first half of October 2015, in the larger concert halls including the Köln Philharmonie and Iiro's visit to Australia will also be build around this program. The program will include hit songs from Lennon solo albums Beatles hits in Rantala's "style" of piano improvisations.


YouTube: An introduction to Iiro Rantala
YouTube: Interview - Interview + Thinking of Misty
YouTube: Pekka Pohjola - Freedom

"A virtuoso who raises versatility to another level, Iiro's a hero." - The Evening Standard (UK)

"A virtually unbroken torrent of in-your-face virtuosity, leavened with a delicious sense of humour and a daring eclecticism" - The Dominion (NZ)

"His playing to put it mildly is virtuoso. One must perhaps go all the way back to Franz Liszt to find the same kind of virtuosity. At least there is lots of romanticism in Rantala." - Berlingske Tidene (Copenhagen)

Photos: Steven Haberland / Inu Photography

Australian Concert Dates 2015

Wed 28 Oct, Melbourne: Melbourne Recital Centre - www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2015/an-evening-with-iiro-rantala/
Thu 29 Oct, Sydney: Venue505, 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills - book: www.trybooking.com/IIMP
Fri 30 Oct, Cairns: Tanks Art Centre - book: www.tanksartscentre.com
Sat 31 Oct, Canberra: Embassy of Finland - book: Ewa.Walczuk@formin.fi - 02 6273 3800

September and October 2015

MICHELLE NICOLLE Quartet (Australia) - Performing in at the Daylesford (Victoria), Korea and Europe

MICHELLE NICOLLE Quartet (Australia)

Australia's first lady of Jazz - Winner: 2001, 2003 and 2004 - Australian Jazz Vocalist of the Year MO Award - Michelle has released 8 beautiful albums, all of which have been received with high acclaim. Her CD 'Mancini' (2012), presents the climbing of jazz vocalism to a maturity that's not only unsurpassed in Australia, but is truly of world class and easily holds its own in the ranking with the top jazz female jazz vocalists on the international jazz scene today.

Michelle Nicolle - vocals, Geoff Hughes - guitar, Tom Lee - bass, Ronny Ferella - drums


"But it was Michelle Nicolle who stood out, combining emotional honesty with an improviser's instinct ..." - The Age, review of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival opening night 31 May 2013


Concert Dates 2015

Sunday 27 September, 3.00 PM, Daylesford: Bromley & Co Art Gallery Warehouse, 39 East Street, book: www.trybooking.com/HYEY and at the door subject to availability, phone: 0412 572 044

Sunday 11 October, Jarasum International Jazz Festival: www.jarasumjazz.com - with Ronny Ferella on drums plus local guests: Jo Young-Deok (guitar) and Dae-ho Kim (bass)

Thursday 15 October, Helsinki: Koko Jazz Club - www.kokojazz.fi/en/ - with special guest Iiro Rantala - piano - www.iirorantala.fi
17-19 October 2015, Helsinki: Sibelius Jazz Academy - University of the Arts - 1st International Jazz Voice Conference
The Artistry in jazz singing: jazz music, education, research
www.jazzvoiceconference.com - sites.uniarts.fi/web/ijvc/home - director/organiser: Jenny Robson - www.jennyrobson.com


Czech Republic:
Tuesday 20 October, Prague: Jazz Dock Club - www.jazzdock.cz
Wednesday 21 October: Prague: Jazz Dock Club - www.jazzdock.cz - afternoon workshop for vocalists
Friday 23 October, Prague: Reduta Jazz Club - www.redutajazzclub.cz - with special guest guitarist Libor Smoldas - www.liborsmoldas.cz

July 2015

PANU SAVOLAINEN HERD TRIO (Finland) - Performing in Tasmania, ACT, NSW, Queensland, Victoria


Panu Savolainen's HERD Trio is among the most potent of the new breed of forward-thinking jazz ensembles. The band gained domestic and international acclaim with their debut album “HERD Live!!”. In 2011, HERD was awarded the first prize at the “European Jazz Competition” at Holland’s North Sea Jazz Festival. Herd's no-nonsense swing is matched by canny songwriting, attention to detail and intense audience interaction. At the core of the HERD sound is the dynamic growth of the band’s compositions, which has been proven time and again at all major Finnish jazz festivals, including Pori Jazz with great success. Panu Savolainen was selected as the “Artist of the Year” by the Pori festival (2011). Trio participated in the Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition, recording for YLE’s Jazz Radio, and performed at the Grand Opening of the new Helsinki Music Centre, Finland's premier music performance centre.

Panu Savolainen - vibes, Mikko Pellinen - bass, Tuomas Timonen - drums

Panu Savolainen (solo popup: yes) - Herd Trio - Herd Trio with vocalist Ali Ikonen
Special guests for the Sydney concert:
Special guest for the Melbourne concert:

"HERD’s ability to yield magic from interaction is up to par with the best of the jazz trio tradition. They are more than the sum of their parts." - Jukka Hauru, Helsingin Sanomat

Photos: Olli Sulin and Ville Paul Paasimaa

Australian Concert Dates 2015

Thursday 23 July, Hobart: Conservatorium of Music UTAS - workshop/performance - enq: 03 6226 7381 - www.utas.edu.au/music
Fri/Sat/Sun 24/25/26 July, Devonport: Devonport Jazz Festival - book: www.devonportjazz.com
Monday 27 July, Canberra: Embassy of Finland - 7.00 pm - book: Ewa.Walczuk@formin.fi - 02 6273 3800
Tuesday 28 July, Sydney: Conservatorium of Music - University of Sydney - workshop
Wednesday 29 July, Sydney: Venue 505, Surry Hills - 8.30 pm - special guests: Mike Nock/piano - Martha Marlow/vocals - book: www.trybooking.com/HZIX
Thursday 30 July. Brisbane: Griffith University - workshop - www.griffith.edu.au/music/queensland-conservatorium
Friday 31 July, Brisbane: Brisbane Jazz Club - Kangaroo Point - 7.30 pm - book: www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au - 07 3391 2006
Saturday 1 August, Melbourne: Paris Cat Jazz Club - 7.00 pm - special guest: Michelle Nicolle/vocals - book: www.pariscat.com.au
Sunday 2 August, Daylesford: Sun 2 August - 3.00 pm - Bromley&Co Art Gallery Warehouse - special guest: Jenni Brennan/vocals - book: www.trybooking.com/HYDS

June 2015

TORD GUSTAVSEN QUARTET - (Norway) - Performing in Melbourne, Brisbane and Wellington (NZ)


At the forefront of Scandinavian jazz for more than a decade, Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen creates music that is moody and reflective, evoking peacefulness and foreboding in equal measure. Tord is a pianist of poetic cast, an exceptionally lucid player with a sure sense of melodic structure and an often astonishing lyrical imagination.It is his music that sings, at once gentle and robust. Lyrical, immediately memorable songs, songs of an appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with the melodic line. His Quartet works to explore, integrate and serve a holy trinity of emotional intensity, elegance, and meditative musical breathing.

Tord Gustavsen - piano, Tore Brunborg - saxophone, Jesper Vespestad - drums, Sigurd Hole - bass - and Daniel Wold - sound design

Video: melbournejazz.com/program/tord-gustavsen-quartet

"Each note seems to hold sacred power...quietly spellbinding." - DownBeat

Photo: Hans Fredrik Asbjornsen

Australian/NZ Concert Dates 2015

Thursday 4 June: Melbourne International Jazz Festival - Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse - 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm
bookings: www.melbournejazz.com - book venue Malthouse: 9685 5111
Friday 5 June: Brisbane Jazz Festival - Queensland Multicultural Centre - www.jazzqueensland.com - www.bijf.com.au
Sunday 7 June: Wellington Jazz Festival - The Opera House - 6.00 pm - bookings: www.ticketek.co.nz

May 2015

PAAVALI JUMPPANEN (Finland) - Performing in South Australia, Canberra and Victoria


Following his recent [July 2014] tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra Paavali Jumppanen returns to Australia in May 2015 for the 6th time in solo recitals in South Australia and Victoria


Debussy: Preludes, book 1
Sibelius: selection of solo pieces:
Reverie Op. 58 No. 1,
Scherzino Op. 58 No. 2
Impromptu Op. 5. No. 5,
Summer song Op. 58 No. 10
Schumann: Sonata no. 1, F-sharp minor, Op. 11

Sibelius, Impromtu in B-minor Op 5 No. 5
Chopin, Barcarolle Op. 60 - Chopin, Etude Op. 25 No. 1

"... a rare wedding of intellectual penetration, coloristic imagination, and sheer virtuoso firepower." - Boston Globe

Photo: Pia Johnson

Concert Dates 2015

Sunday 17 May, South Australia, Mt Barker: Living Arts Centre Waldorf School - www.ngeringaarts.com.au
Monday 18 May, Canberra: Embassy of Finland - www.finland.org.au - 02-6273 3800, e-mail: ewa.walczuk@formin.fi
Wednesday 20 May, Melbourne: Master class at Melbourne Recital Centre
Thursday 21 May, Melbourne: Melbourne Recital Centre 'Great Performers' series - www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2015/paavali-jumppanen
Friday 22 May, Mildura Arts Centre - www.milduraartscentre.com.au

March 2015

SIBELIUS 150 TRIO (Finland) - Performing in Victoria, Canberra and Queensland

SIBELIUS 150 TRIO (Finland)

Celebrating the 150th birthday of composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), the Finnish piano/violin/cello 'Sibelius 150 Trio', tours in Australia.

Jean Sibelius's music inspired the painting, sculpture and the literature of his creative contemporaries, and ushered in a golden age of music and art appreciation that would awaken and endow the Finns with a sense of pride in their heritage and encourage their hopes for the possibilities of nationhood.
(edited foreword to the book by Glenda Dawn Goss 'A Composer's Life and the Awakening of Finland')

The 'Sibelius 150 Trio', comprising Tuomas Lehto - cello, Siljamari Heikinheimo - violin, Roope Grondahl - piano, celebrates the musical legacy Finland's foremost national composer Jean Sibelius.

Four Lyric Pieces for piano op. 74 (1914)
Danses champetres for violin and piano op. 106 (1924)
Malinconia for cello and piano op. 20 (1900)
Piano trio C Major "Loviisa" (1888)
Theme and Variations for solo cello (1887)


This tour is supported by the


Concert Dates 2015

Wed 11 March, Bendigo/Victoria: The Capital Performing Arts Centre - www.thecapital.com.au/Home
Thu 12 March, Melbourne Recital Centre Salon - www.melbournerecital.com.au/venues/salon
Fri 13 March, Ballarat/Victoria: Her Majesty's Theatre - www.hermaj.com
Sat 14 March, Colac/Victoria: Colac Otway Performing Arts Centre - www.colacotway.vic.gov.au - (afternoon)
Mon 16 March, Canberra: Embassy of Finland - www.finland.org.au - 02-6273 3800, e-mail: ewa.walczuk@formin.fi
Wed 18 March, Mackay/Queensland: Mackay Entertainment Centre - www.mackayecc.com.au

February 2015

TUOMO DUO (Finland) - Soul/Jazz/Pop - Performing in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth

TUOMO DUO (Finland)

TUOMO Prättälä and Felix Zenger

Finnish pop/soul singer/composer TUOMO Prättälä, who is also an excellent keyboard player and jazz pianist, toured Australia twice as the pianist with the Ilmiliekki Jazz Quartet. TUOMO is also a very formidable soul-singer/key-boardist in Finland. On this tour TUOMO works in Duo with his colleague Feliz Zenger - www.felixzenger.com - fabulous beatboxer (Sydney Festival 2009) presenting Tuomo's latest project: 'The New Mystique' in a keyboard-vocal electro-sampled production.

At the Fremantle Arts Centre, in association with the Perth International Arts Festival, the TUOMO DUO will join an ensemble of 10 of Western Australia's finest instrumentalists to produce a fusion of electronic, acoustic, scored and improvised music, called the 'Soft Soft Loud' project, arranged by exciting young Australian composer Tilman Robinson - www.tilmanrobinson.com

www.tuomomusic.com - www.felixzenger.com

Check out the following to get a taste of TUOMO:
My Thing - My Own Private Sunday
Warzone live @ Lastu - Art goes Kapakka - Sweet with me

"As a whole, The New Mystique is an exquisite modern soul album. Intellectual, moodful and danceable, without a trace of overstatement, preachiness or forcedness." - Helsinki Sanomat/NYT


Concert Dates 2015

Sydney, 21 Feb, 8.30 pm: Venue505, 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills - www.venue505.com/music
Melbourne, 22 Feb, 8.30 pm: Bennettslane Jazz Club - Melb Jazz Coop - www.bennettslane.com - www.mjc.org.au
Fremantle Arts Centre, 27 Feb, 8.00 pm: 'Soft Soft Loud project' - in association with Perth Festival - fac.org.au

November 2014

MICHELLE NICOLLE Quartet (Australia) - Performing in at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre (Victoria)

MICHELLE NICOLLE Quartet (Australia)

Australia's first lady of Jazz - Winner: 2001, 2003 and 2004 - Australian Jazz Vocalist of the Year MO Award - Michelle has released 8 beautiful albums, all of which have been received with high acclaim. Her CD 'Mancini' (2012), presents the climbing of jazz vocalism to a maturity that's not only unsurpassed in Australia, but is truly of world class and easily holds its own in the ranking with the top jazz female jazz vocalists on the international jazz scene today.

Michelle Nicolle - vocals, Geoff Hughes - guitar, Tom Lee - bass, Ronny Ferella - drums


"But it was Michelle Nicolle who stood out, combining emotional honesty with an improviser's instinct ..." - The Age, review of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival opening night 31 May 2013


Concert Dates 2014

Friday 14 November, 8.00 PM: Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

September 2014

MICHELLE NICOLLE Quartet (Australia) - Performing in Melbourne

MICHELLE NICOLLE Quartet (Australia)

'Mood Indigo' - play Ellington and Strayhorn

The Michelle Nicolle Quartet is critically acclaimed as one of the most prolific and inventive jazz ensembles in the country. Continuing the beautifully successful concerts in the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon, playing the music of Mancini (2012) and Jimmy Van Heusen (2013), Michelle is taking the 'Mood Indigo' theme quite literally – performing songs by the great composer: Duke Ellington. The music of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) is an essential part of the rich culture of “jazz” genre, yet Ellington himself preferred his music to be known simply as “American Music”. With a recording career of 50 Years it is nearly impossible to narrow his vast catalogue into one set of favourites. Ellington and his faithful collaborator, William Thomas "Billy" Strayhorn (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967) wrote so many songs which endure and are loved by generations. As an improvising musician and singer Michelle has always been drawn to the perfect balance of intricate, yet memorable melodies and poetic, eloquent lyrics. So, to choose the repertoire for this concert, Michelle had to go with her heart and arrange the great songs which move her the most.

Michelle Nicolle - vocals, Geoff Hughes - guitar, Tom Lee - bass, Ronny Ferella - drums



Concert Dates 2014

Saturday 13 September, 4.00 PM and 8.00 PM: Melbourne Recital Centre - Salon

July 2014

PAAVALI JUMPPANEN (Finland) - Touring Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (Quintet)


Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen returns to Australia on his 5th mission in July to perform as a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra - Quintet, performing Lutoslawski, Shostakovich and Dvořák. Paavali Jumppanen (1974) has performed on several occasions the complete Beethoven sonatas and recorded same during 2010/2012, which will be released progressively from early 2014. Paavali Jumppanen spent 2011/2012 in residence at the Harvard University conducting a research project for his Piano Sonatas book, which will be published shortly. He also performed and recorded the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas with violinist Corey Cerovsek, which were recorded and released on the Swiss Claves label in 2007.

With: Satu Vänskä - Violin, Rebecca Chan - Violin, Christopher Moore - Viola, Timo-Veikko Valve - Cello, Paavali Jumppanen - Piano


Photo: Petri Puromies

Concert Dates 2014

10 July: Wollongong
11, 12, 15, 16 July: Sydney
17 July: Newcastle
19 July: Canberra
21 July: Melbourne
22 July: Adelaide
23 July: Perth

Information and booking details - www.aco.com.au/whats_on/event_detail/jumppanen

June 2014

SUN TRIO (Finland) - Touring US and Canada

SUN TRIO (Finland)

Trumpeter Kalevi Louhivuori, drummer Olavi Louhivuori and bass player Antti Lotjonen represent the younger European jazz generation. Sun Trio's career was launched internationally when they won the final of the Young Nordic Jazz Comets 2006 competition, held in Iceland, in October 2006. The judges said they were, skilled and dynamic musicians that form a complete whole and create their own musical space according to the Nordic lyric tradition. In addition Kalevi Louhivuori was granted the soloist prize the same year. An outstanding personal soloist who brings new dimensions to his instrument both technically and musically. The Sun Trio's music draws in from many influences. The Trio combines different musical genres with impressionistic melodies and ambience in an open-minded way. The sounds range from deep meditative passages into full-on energetic explosions of sound. Names such as Arve Henriksen, Miles Davis and Dave Douglas have had the most influence in the trio's music. The Trio's two CDs on the Italian CAM jazz label: 'The Time is Now' (2009) and ' Dreams are True' (2011) have made a big impact on the European jazz scene. Individually the SUN Trio members perform in a number of other Finnish and international ensembles in Europe. Drummer Olavi Louhivuori is a member of the Tomasz Stanko Quintet, with which he has toured also in the US and Australia. Bassist Antti Lotjonen is a member of the Ilmiliekki Quartet, touring Australia and Canada.



Concert Dates 2014

New York - Nublu Jazz Club East Village: Wed June 18 - www.nublu.net
Rochester International Jazz Festival: Friday 20 June - www.rochesterjazz.com

Vancouver International Jazz Festival: Sunday 22 June - www.coastaljazz.ca
Victoria International Jazz Festival: Monday 23 June - www.jazzvictoria.ca/jazz-fest

June 2014

JUKKA PERKO 'AVARA' TRIO (Finland) - Touring Australia and SE Asia


'Jukka Perko Avara Trio' led by the superb alto-saxophonist Jukka Perko, accompanied by two of Finland's finest guitarists, Teemu Viinikainen and Jarmo Saari.

Jukka Perko - www.jukkaperko.com - has made his mark previously on Australia in different ensemble formations at different music festivals, including Wangaratta Jazz Festival, and for years is regularly played on the national jazz and classical ABC radio programs. Jukka Perko's interpretations of Finnish hymns with soulful sincerity and simplicity have deeply touched European audiences for a whole decade and his albums have become landmarks.

Check the following YouTube clips from live concerts:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnE4GS3_7HU and


Concert Dates June 2014

SYDNEY Tue 3 June, 7.30 pm: Paddington Uniting Church East Side Arts, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington, paddingtonuca.org.au/programs/eastside-arts/
booking: www.trybooking.com/ENXG and at the door
MELBOURNE Wed 4 June, 7.00 pm and 9.30 pm shows: Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club
Information and booking: melbournejazz.com
BRISBANE Thu 5 June: Brisbane International Jazz Festival - www.brisbanejazzfestival.com.au, Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
booking: qmc.org.au
CAIRNS Fri 6 June, 7.30 pm: Cairns Tanks Arts Centre Jazz Up North, 46 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill, www.tanksartscentre.com
booking: www.ticketlink.com.au/whats-on/popular-music/jukka-perko-avara-trio
DARWIN Sat 7 June, 7.30 pm: Darwin Entertainment Centre - Studio, 93 Mitchell Street
WOLLONGONG Mon 9 June, 7.30 pm: Wollongong City Gallery, Cnr Kembla and Burelli Streets, www.wollongongcitygallery.com
booking: www.trybooking.com/ENXH and at the door
CANBERRA Tue 10 June, 7.00 pm: Canberra Embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla
booking: 02-62733800 or e-mail: ewa.walczuk@formin.fi

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