The planned Jazz Finland Residency of drummer and composer John Hollenbeck is postponed from August 2020 to August 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hollenbeck's education and concert programme with Uniarts Helsinki's Sibelius Academy as well as his performances with UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra will also be rescheduled to August 2021. However, a sneak peek of what is to come is already available to audiences in the form of the following collaborative video that Hollenbeck remotely recorded with UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra. The performance is of Hollenbeck's arrangement of Kraftwerk's Das Model.
As Hollenbeck's residency is postponed, the program will begin in the 2021 spring season with Artist-in-Residence Linda May Han Oh. Oh, who was born in Malaysia, grew up in Western Australia and is now based in New York, is best known for her long-time collaboration with Pat Metheny.
The Jazz Finland Residency is a new high profile residency program for invited jazz musicians, composers and conductors. Coordinated and administrated by Jazz Finland, the program annually invites two international guests for 1–2 month residencies in Finland. The residency includes giving masterclasses at the Sibelius Academy Jazz Department, as well as performing with the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra. The residency concept also enables local professional jazz musicians to initiate collaborations with the Artist-in-Residence.
Further residency partners include Music Finland, Finnish Jazz Musicians’ Association and the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP).