UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is rated as one of the world's leading big bands. It especially promotes Finnish music both at home and abroad. By commissioning and performing as much new material as possible, it both stimulates and supports Finnish jazz production and export. UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra has so far released over fifty albums and appeared on numerous other recordings. It also takes part in the music education, giving lessons and concerts. The band also collaborates regularly with other orchestras and art forms.

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra’s repertoire presently consists of over 3000 compositions and this unique collection keeps on growing year by year. Most of the pieces are from Finnish contemporary composers and visiting conductors and soloists from all over the world. Top jazz names such as Thad Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Evans and Tomasz Stanko, Gregory Porter, Hermeto Pascoal and Laura Mvula have performed with UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, and international collaboration has been crucial both for the orchestra and the development of Finnish jazz.

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra has participated in numerous music export projects and performed at some of the world's biggest music markets, such as PopKomm in Berlin and Midem in Cannes. The latest tours abroad include the Sauna palaa! album's promotional tour in Canada and the two-week performance period at a circus festival in Paris with the Finnish new circus group Circo Aereo.

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra

Olli Ahvenlahti & UMO: Seawinds

Esko Heikkinen, Eero Lyttinen, Esa Koponen, Ossi Runne, Markku Johansson, Simo Salminen, Kaj Backlund, Leif Källman ja Heikki Haimila, trumpetti; Juhani Aalto, Mircea Stan, Petri Juutilainen ja Mikael Långbacka, pasuuna; Tom Bildo ja Heikki Koivusilta, bassopasuuna; Pekka Pöyry, alttosaksofoni ja huilu; Risto Pensola, alttosaksofoni; Eero Koivistoinen, tenorisaksofoni; Juhani Aaltonen, tenorisaksofoni ja huilu; Paroni Paakkunainen, baritonisaksofoni, tenorisaksofoni ja huilu; Teemu Salminen, alttosaksofoni ja huilu; Pentti Lahti, alttosaksofoni, baritonisaksofoni ja huilu; Heikki Sarmanto, piano; Olli Ahvenlahti, piano ja sähköpiano; Otto Berger, kitara; Pekka Sarmanto, kontrabasso; Pekka Pohjola, sähköbasso; Esko Rosnell, rummut; Markku Hannola, lyömäsoittimet; Irina Milan, laulu

Olli Ahvenlahti: Moncada, Caribbean Queen, El Floridita, Square Dance, Chorus, Paquito, Sunset Song, Seawinds part 1: Prologue, Seawinds part 2: Waves of Yesterday, Seawinds part 3: Break of Dawn, Seawinds part 4: The Fisherman, Seawinds part 5: Lighthouse Song, Tanssi, Päättymätön laulu, Lapsen uni
- The Complete YLE Studio Recordings 1976-1981

Svart Records SRE171CD
UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra

Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist with UMO Jazz Orchestra: Together

Mats Holmquist, kapellimestari; Randy Brecker, trumpetti ja flyygelitorvi; Ville Vannemaa, alttosaksofoni, sopraanosaksofoni ja klarinetti (lead); Mikko Mäkinen, alttosaksofoni, sopraanosaksofoni, klarinetti, huilu; Teemu Salminen, tenorisaksofoni, klarinetti; Max Zenger, tenorisaksofoni, huilu; Pepa Päivinen, baritonisaksofoni, huilu; Heikki Tuhkanen, pasuuna (lead); Mikko Mustonen, pasuuna; Juho Viljanen, pasuuna; Mikael Långbacka, bassopasuuna; Teemu Mattsson, trumpetti ja flyygelitorvi (lead); Timo Paasonen, Mikko Pettinen, Tero Saarti sekä Janne Toivonen, trumpetti ja flyygelitorvi; Jakob Gudmundsson, trumpetti; Mikel Ulfberg, kitara; Seppo Kantonen, piano; Juho Kivivuori, basso; Markus Ketola, rummut

Mats Holmquist (säv. & sov.): One Million Circumstances, Summer And Winter, All My Things, My Stella, Always Young, Ray Evans/Jay Livingston (säv.) & Mats Holmquist (sov.): Never Let Me Go, Chick Corea (säv.) & Mats Holmquist (sov.): Windows, Crystal Silence, Humpty Dumpty

Mama Records, MAA 1056
UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra
My Name Is Nicole Willis
Mikko Pettinen, conductor
Nicole Willis, vocals
Jimi Tenor
L. Lehto/I. F. Svenonius/N. Willis: Introduction feat. Ian F. Svenonius,
Nicole Willis: Break Free (Shake A Tailfeather),
Haunted By The Devil, One In A Million,
(Everybody) Do The Watusi, No Child Denied,
Together We Climb, When We Go Down,
Togetherness, Still Got A Way To Fall
L. Lehto/I. F. Svenonius/N. Willis: Final Call, feat. Ian F. Svenonius
Persephone Records/Herakles Records PERSE-002CD
UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra
Universal Music Orchestra
Itiberê Zwarg, conductor
Hermeto Pascoal, melodica, prepared piano & water glass
Aline Morena, vocals & pandeiro
Mariana Zwarg, piccolo flute
Maria Teresa Maldonado, voice
Itiberê Zwarg:
Galopada, De lá pra cá,
Tem mico no quintal, No melhor da festa,
Pimenta da braba, Pra vocês da UMO,
Joseph Kosma/Jacques Prévert/Johnny Merce: Autumn Leaves,
Itiberê Zwarg:
Cominchão, Realejo, Acordando, Maracajú, Muriqui, Pastel & Caldo de cana
Biscoito Fino BF443-2
UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra
Arctic Blues
Eero Koivistoinen, tenorisaksofoni & kapellimestari
Eero Koivistoinen: Moz, Arctic Blues, Longing, Mean Meat Blues, Hallanvaara, Oshumare, Nordisk samarbete, Straight Up, Teranga, Picture in 3 Colours, Long Way From Home, Northern Dimension, Rose In a Valley, Halling,,
Säv. Thelonius Monk/Sov. Eero Koivistoinen: Ruby My Dear, Off Minor
Svart Records SVART049CD

Tallberginkatu 1/139
Visiting address: Tallberginkatu 1 C, 3 krs.
FI-00180 Helsinki

Chief Conductor
Ed Partyka (from 1.1.2020)

Executive Director
Eeva Pirkkala
+358 40 743 7141

Production Manager
Terhi Siirala
+358 40 763 6275

Marketing & Communications Manager
Niina Eeva
+358 45 147 7655

Audience outreach & Project Producer
Valtteri Pokela
+358 44 512 5578

Stage Manager
Ilkka Ferm, part time
+358 40 524 5437

Founded 1975

Size 16 musicians

Concert Venue
Various, check