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Best known as the drummer of the improvisation trio Black Motor, Simo Laihonen (b. 1982) has, in addition to jazz and improvised music, also performed rock, modern folk and various traditional forms of music as well as playing in dance, theatre and other multidisciplinary projects. Besides Black Motor, Laihonen is currently a member in a number of groups, including Sound & Fury, Jorma Tapio & Kaski, Sabotanic Garden (performance group with dancer-choreographer Pasi Mäkelä and sound artist Jussi Saivo) and Petri Nieminen Ensemble (with opera singer Anu Komsi, pianist Arto Piispanen and Ville Rauhala). He also performs with other Finnish and international musicians, active in the field of improvised music, either as a member of Black Motor or in other ever-shifting constellations.

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