UMO Helsinki feat. John Hollenbeck: Almost Eternal Interlude

American composer, drummer and...
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Jazz Jam & Brew @ Konepaja Biergarten

Welcome to the jazz jam sessio...
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AUF: Music for everyone – Three orchestras together again // Avanti!, UMO Helsinki & Fibo

Three orchestras together agai...
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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra & UMO Helsinki – Orchestra Heroes

More is more! The joint concer...
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Hietalahti Soi Festival: UMO Helsinki Ensemble feat. Sinne Eeg & Karl Olandersson

The Hietalahti Soi Festival br...
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Claudia Döffinger from Germany won the composing contest

The final concert of the Helsi...
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Helsinki Festival: Ringa Manner & Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen with UMO Helsinki

Feel free to expect the Huvila...
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The finalists of HIBBCC contest are announced, the final concert June 4th

The ten finalists of the Helsi...
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ON DEMAND: UMO Helsinki at Savoy – Swinging Summer Stadi

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra a...
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Lahti Organ Festival: UMO Helsinki & Susanne Kujala – UMORGAN

The UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestr...
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ON DEMAND: Final concert: Helsinki International Big Band Composing Contest

The final concert of Helsinki ...
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ON DEMAND: UMO Helsinki – Jazztasting

Jazztasting is a musical journ...
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Press

Inquiries and accreditation: Marketing and communications manager, ms. Niina Eeva, p. +358 45 1477655, niina@umohelsinki.fi


UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra in a nutshell

  • UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is the only professional orchestra in Finland specialized in jazz and new rhythm-oriented music. It is a Helsinki-based professional big band employing top musicians.
  • The big band of 16 musicians plays about 100 concerts every year in Finland and abroad.
  • The orchestra plays a diverse range of modern music that is on the pulse of the times. The programme consists from jazz to soul and classical music, mixing old and new in surprising way, from children to senior citizens. By commissioning and presenting as much new material as possible, UMO Helsinki encourages and supports Finnish jazz production.
  • Musicians in UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra are some of the best jazz musicians in Finland. There are over 100 musicians, composers, directors and artists working with UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra every year. The band also acts as a hands-on educational establishment for Finnish musicians in the fields of jazz and popular music.
  • UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1975 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015.
  • In the past decades, UMO Helsinki has featured with dozens of artist from Dizzy Gillespie to Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer and Gregory Porter. Orchestra’s history (in Finnish, sorry!) is seen www.umohelsinki.fi/40.
  • UMO Helsinki is highly appreciated and one of the world’s leading big bands.
  • UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra has recorded about 60 albums and there are more than 3000 compositions in orchestra’s library.
  • The orchestra is administered by the UMO Foundation, which is owned but the city of Helsinki. It is funded by the Ministry of education and culture as well as the city of Helsinki.
  • UMO Helsinki is a member of Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras, Finnish Jazz Federation, European Music Circle and European Jazz Network.
  • UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra’s vision, mission and values (2020) can be seen here.

Yearly reports

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Promotion photos and logos

Please credit the photographer!

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra in August 2019
Photo by Jukka Rapo
UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra in August 2019
Photo by Jukka Rapo
UMO live
Photo by Heikki Kynsijärvi
Teppo Mäkynen & UMO at G Livelab
Photo by Tommi Tapola
UMO trumpets
Photo by Heikki Kynsijärvi
UMO live, Vesa Ojaniemi in bass
Photo by Heikki Kynsijärvi
Ed Partyka
Photo by Jazz Podium
Ed Partyka
Photo bu Jazz Podium
Ed Partyka
Photo by Olli Nurmi
Ed Partyka
Photo by Peter Purgar
Guillermo Klein
Photo by unknown
UMO Helsinki mobile app
Ola Onabulé
Photo by Alfred George Bailey
Ola Onabulé
Photo by Alfred George Bailey
Ola Onabulé
Photo by Alfred George Bailey
UMO Helsinki Ensemble (Herrala, Vannemaa, Saarti)
Photo by Olli Nurmi
UMO Helsinki Ensemble (Kivivuori, Dunkel, Saarti, Ketola)
Photo by Maarit Kytöharju
John Hollenbeck
Photo by Mercedes Jelinek
John Hollenbeck
Photo by Mercedes Jelinek

Logos

Please download UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra’s logos from here.