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Music Finland proudly presents Jazz aus Finnland


Finnish jazz scene is widely presented in this year’s jazzahead! program, from the official opening and showcases to the trade fair, from Gala concert to the Club Night. The country partnership of Finland kicked off with Kultur aus Finnland, a multifaceted cultural festival taking place in the major cultural institutions of Bremen. Music Finland is gathering all the Finnish delegates under one umbrella, so come and visit us at our cozy stand 6B40, or the sofas of the Partner Country Lounge. Welcome, tervetuloa, willkommen!



Finnish Night on Thursday 27 April

Jazzahead! starts with the Official Opening at Hall 7. Join in for the opening words from the jazzahead! organizers, local authorities and Finnish partners, and enjoy the musical moments provided by Elifantree from Finland.

At 6:30p, the professional delegates of jazzahead! are cordially invited to Jazz aus Finnland Reception and Opening Party, which takes place at Food Garden, a new outdoor street food area right in front of Schlachthof.

The Finnish Night, starting at 7:30p and featuring eight top-notch acts, will showcase the contemporary Finnish jazz at its best. See the schedule below and details here in the Jazz Finland live calendar. After the showcases, join in for Helsinki x Berlin After Party at Magazinkeller – the entrance is free!

7:30–8:00 Kari Ikonen Trio / Hall 7.1
8:10–8:40 Gourmet / Schlachthof
8:50– 9:20 VIRTA / Hall 7.2
9:30–10:00 Raoul Björkenheim eCsTaSy / Schlachthof
10:10–10:40 Verneri Pohjola Group / Hall 7.1
10:50–11:20 Tenors of Kalma / Schlachthof
11:30–00:00 Aki Rissanen Trio / Hall 7.2
00:10–00:40 Dalindèo / Schlachthof

Tampere Jazz Happening to receive EJN Award

The Europe Jazz Network Award For Adventurous Programming goes to Finland this year! The awarded festival is Tampere Jazz Happening. The prize will be handed out at jazzahead! - so join us at Magazinkeller, in the basement of Schlachthof, for Tampere Late Night Jam Session and award ceremony on Friday 28th April from 00:30 onwards! Read more about the award here.

Iiro Rantala starring the Gala Concert, lots of Finns at Club Night

The annual Gala Concert on Friday 28 April takes place at the prestigious Die Glocke. The star of the concert is pianist Iiro Rantala, with the local philharmonics, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. On Saturday, it’s time for the Club Night, which will spread all over Bremen to 40 venues, presenting eight Finnish acts among the tens of shows.

Food Garden celebrates Helsinki street food scene

Jazz aus Finnland Food Garden is a new feature at jazzahead!. You can find it right in front of the cultural centre Schlachthof, just a few meters away from Messe Bremen Hall 7. The Food Garden celebrates the Finnish street food scene and offers a relaxed setting for meet&greet in the fresh air. Here you can ease your hunger with burgers, taste the traditional Finnish ’spydäri’ and raise a glass of gin&tonic made of the award-winning Napue gin. And don’t forget to visit an authentic Finnish sauna! In cooperation with Visit Finland. Food Garden is open on Thursday at 7:30p – 1:00a, Friday at 2:00p – 1:00a and Saturday on 2:00p–1:00am.

Finnish Delegation at stand no 6B40

You can't miss our inviting Partner Country Lounge couches or the spring-themed Finnish stand in the second floor. This year Music Finland has a record number of Finnish companies participating jazzahead! as co-exhibitors. 

Annamaija Music Company
Astra Music Ltd
Bafe's Factory
Boulder Music Helsinki
Creatika Agency
Diamond T Agency
Eclipse Music
Elena Mindru
Finnish Jazz Federation - Jazz Finland
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
Helsinki Jazz ry
Hub Productions
Joonas Widenius
Martti Vesala Soundpost Quintet
Raitala Music Ltd
Raoul Björkenheim eCsTaSy
Rockadillo Production/Rockadillo Records
Saura Booking Agency
Sibelius Academy jazz department
Sid Hille / SatnaMusic
Singer Tuija Komi
Svart Records & Svart Music
Tampere Jazz Happening
Vapaat äänet
We Jazz

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