Kuva/ Photo: Petri Haussila
After their duo album Heart of a Bird (TUM 2003), Iro Haarla and Ulf Krokfors wanted to make a recording with a different overall atmosphere and have some fun doing it with a larger ensemble. To achieve this, a group of friends was brought together to form the Iro Haarla-Ulf Krokfors Loco Motife.
The music of the band is based on an electric sound especially in the form of Haarla´s different keyboards and Mikko Iivanainen´s electric guitar. Add strong compositions by Haarla and Krokfors, powerful personal expression from the soloists - including famed Swedish trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz and saxophonists Mikko Innanen and Rasmus Korsström - and you are sure to hear prime contemporary jazz.
The debut album of the band, Penguin Beguine received the Emma Award as the Best Finnish Jazz Recording of the Year in 2005.