UMO is recruiting: 2nd alto saxophone vacancy

UMO HELSINKI JAZZ ORCHESTRA is...
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Kathrine Windfeld (DK) & UMO Helsinki – Silent Music

For over twenty years, UMO Hel...
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China Moses (US) feat. UMO Helsinki – Great Voices

American jazz singer and songw...
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Claudia Döffinger (GER) & UMO Helsinki

The new emerging generation of...
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UMO Helsinki – The Nutcracker Suite

Rare and exciting Christmas tr...
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Tampere Jazz Happening: UMO Helsinki plays Ritual Dances with Stefan Pasborg (DK)

Drummer and composer Stefan Pa...
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Linda Fredriksson & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra: Agatha 2, composed & arranged by Kerkko Koskinen

Kerkko Koskinen’s first inst...
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Hietalahti Soi: UMO Helsinki Ensemble & Tango Alakulo – Collective Urban Tango

The Hietalahti Soi music festi...
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Theo Bleckmann (GER) feat. Oulu Symphony Orchestra & UMO Helsinki

Vocal chameleon and composer T...
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UMO Helsinki with Nikki Iles & Mike Walker (UK) – open rehearsal

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra op...
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Heikki S. von Hertzen Memorial Concert: Osmo Ikonen Band feat. UMO Helsinki Horns

Osmo Ikonen Band feat. UMO Hel...
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UMO Helsinki & Pink Twins feat. Kadi Vija play Twin Peaks – Music of Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch

The artist duo Pink Twins, ie....
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Ed Partyka

Trombonist, composer, arranger and conductor Ed Partyka (b. 1967) was born in the United States but removed to Europe almost 30 years ago. Today based in Austria, he acts as UMO Helsinki’s Artistic Director and Chief Conductor in 2020–2021. He has collaborated with a number of renowned European big bands, including the German hr-Bigband and NDR Bigband and worked as a guest conductor, artistic planner and arranger for the Vienna Jazz Orchestra and Zurich Jazz Orchestra. Besides leading his own group, the Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, Partyka has collaborated with the likes of Bob Brookmeyer, Carla Bley, Robben Ford and even the Finnish pop-rock group Sunrise Avenue. He is the department chairman of the Jazz Institute at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and teaches composition in the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne, Switzerland. Partyka is known as a first-class orchestra leader and expert on orchestral musicianship.