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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 Chief Conductor and Artistic Director is Ed Partyka
  • 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 will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2025.
  • 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.

Annual reports

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Promotion photos and logos

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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 Olli Nurmi
Ed Partyka
Photo by Peter Purgar
UMO Helsinki mobile app
UMO Helsinki Ensemble (Kivivuori, Dunkel, Saarti, Ketola)
Photo by Maarit Kytöharju
China Moses
Photo by Sylvain Norget
China Moses & UMO in 2020
Photo by Heikki Kynsijärvi
Kathrine Windfeld
Photo by Stephen Freiheit
Kathrine Windfeld
Photo by Stephen Freiheit
Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen, Ringa Manner
Photo by Henriika Steidel-Luoto
Nina Mya
Photo by Teemu Mattsson
Nina Mya
Photo by Teemu Mattsson
Mine Alone, single cover, Nina Mya & UMO
Photo by Teemu Mattsson, cover design Luova toimisto Pilke
Searching My Soul, album cover, Nina Mya & UMO
Photo by Teemu Mattsson, cover design Luova toimisto Pilke
Melissa Aldana
Photo by Eduardo Pavez Goye
Agatha 2: Linda Fredriksson & Kerkko Koskinen
Photo by Tero Ahonen
Agatha 2: Linda Fredriksson & Kerkko Koskinen
Photo by Tero Ahonen
Uri Caine
Photo by Douthart
Paleface
Photo by Joni Sarkki
Sounds of Mercy
Photo by Jani Laukkanen
Joseph Joe Bowie
Photo by unknown
Joseph Joe Bowie
Photo by unknown
Joseph Joe Bowie
Photo by unknown
Maja Mannila
Photo by Johannes Granroth
Maja Mannila
Photo by Jari Kivelä
Robben Ford
Photo by Francesco Prandoni

Logos

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