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Godfathers of progressive jazz will open Tampere Jazz Happening on 30 October

Published 30.10.2014 12.54

Tampere Jazz Happening begins on 30 October. The opening concert of the festival includes Partisans, a British ensemble with a cult following, as well as the Norwegian orchestra Elephant9, featuring the Swedish progressive guitarist Reine Fiske. Opening on the first festival night, Telakka proudly presents the photograph exhibition ’my favorite things,’ a collection of photographs from the past ten years by Jan Granlie, who is also known as the former head editor of the Norwegian magazine Jazznytt.

Starting from Friday, the venues of Tullikamari plaza, including the stages of the Old Customs House Hall, Klubi and Telakka, will be filled with performances by some of the most acclaimed musicians in modern jazz, stellar stars of world music, and enchanting performers from Japan to Jamaica. Altogether, 23 ensembles will fill the stages during the festival weekend.

On Friday, the Old Customs House Hall will be lit on fire with jazz by The Thing, Takuya Kuroda and Zakir Hussain. During this evening, the recipients of the prestigious Finnish jazz prize, the Yrjö award, and another significant award by YLE Jazzradio will be announced. On Saturday night, Mathias Eick, Bill Frisell and ICP Orchestra with special guest Uri Caine, will charm audiences with crisp melodies, elegant jazz guitar styles and fierce free improvisation. The afternoon concerts at the Old Customs House Hall will burst with energy and avant garde experimentation, including performances by Django Bates, Sons of Kemet and Mikko Innanen, whose original jazz styles ensure a multifaceted and mesmerizing jazz experience.
Tampere Jazz Happening keeps going late into the night. The festival will heat up during the late night concerts at Klubi and at the intimate performances at Telakka. Once again, the cream of the crop of the Finnish jazz scene will fill the Telakka stage with various ensembles that include top Finnish jazz musicians Teppo Mäkynen, Jukka Perko, Esa Pietilä, Anssi Nykänen, Lauri Porra and Teemu Viinikainen. At Klubi, the cultural icon Linton Kwesi Johnson will charm reggae enthusiasts and Tamikrest from Mali will enchant the audience with their relentless desert groove. The final concert of the festival features the Norwegian sextet Farmers Market, whose musical style is a rich mixture of Balkan and Norwegian influences.

Ticket sales at the venues will open every day one hour before each day’s concerts. You can inquire about festival passes and individual concert tickets there.

This year marks the 33rd Tampere Jazz Happening. The festival is produced by Tampereen Musiikkijuhlat (Tampere Music Festivals) as part of the cultural services of the city of Tampere. The executive director of Tampere Jazz Happening is Minnakaisa Kuivalainen and the artistic director is Juhamatti Kauppinen.
For more information, please contact

PR officer
Elina Hämäläinen
+358 (0)40 800 4361
elina.hamalainen(at)tampere.fi

Text Satu Aalto