Nordic Jazz Network has worked already for 20 years to collaborate and make Nordic jazz heard all over Nordic countries and even further. The network’s main tool is an annual Nordic Jazz Comets showcase event which offers young jazz bands a way abroad. The network members are five Nordic jazz organizations: Jazz Finland, Jazz Danmark, Norsk jazzforum, Svensk jazz and FÌH Music School.
Among the Finnish Jazzahead! delegates there is a jazzvocalist and composer Sanna Ruohoniemi. Ruohoniemi has been building her career from an international standpoint from early on, since she lives in Sweden, has been touring around Nordic countries, and also in German and Australia.
OK:KO performs at Finnish Night of the Karton club on the Jazzahead Saturday. This young band is one of the four Finnish groups performing in Bremen. OK:KO´s new album Syrtti, released in February 2019, was nicely received in Finland. Aiming abroad would be the next natural step for the band – or more like a slide, as Okko Saastamoinen descripes the band´s journey.
This week professionals of jazz around the world are gathering to Bremen, Germany for Jazzahead! trade fair weekend. Jazz Finland takes part in the Jazzahead! atmosphere with an article series, where a few of the Finnish Jazzahead attendees are interviewed about their thoughts and experiences about the event and internationalization of the Finnish jazz. The first article covers Pia Raitala´s tips for the artists who are interested in creating an international career.
In this month's Jazz Finland International article, the executive director of We Jazz, Katariina Uusitupa, sheds light on the international strategy of their organization and the We Jazz brand.
Jazz Finland reported earlier in the fall about Signe's performance at the prestigious Londoner festival. The whole Nordic Jazz Comets five-band showcase at Barbican Centre has drawn the attention of the local jazz industry and also the Embassies of all the five countries are working together to highlight the upcoming Nordic bands.
For the remainder of the year, Jazz Finland International follows the bands and delegates aiming to the international markets. This time we asked Aki Rissanen about his thoughts of jazz fairs and how he sees their value in his own work.
Music Finland opens the co-exhibitor registration later in the year for the Finnish export companies, but make sure you sign up for the Jazzahead! fair first! All Music Finland’s co-exhibitors get the discount for the participation fee, but if you wish to fly solo, remember to register before the early bird rate expires on October 17! The showcase application starts on the 1st of November and closes already on the 22nd.
For the remainder of the year, Jazz Finland International follows the bands and delegates aiming to the international markets. The article series continues with Aurora Hentunen, who comments their upcoming tour in the Netherlands.