UMO Helsinki Ensemble: Tribute to Morricone

Led by trumpeter Tero Saarti, ...
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UMO Helsinki & Nina Mya: Music of Ed Partyka

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra ta...
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UMO Helsinki: Greetings From New York

Conductor Ed Partyka has plann...
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UMO Helsinki feat. Aija Puurtinen & Seppo Kantonen: I am a Dream – I Wouldn’t Advise You to Wake Me

Vocalist Aija Puurtinen and pi...
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Great Voices Premiere: Efrat Alony (IL) feat. UMO Helsinki: New Jewish Folk Songs

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UMO Helsinki with Ed Partyka: The Summer Of Our Discontent

The UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestr...
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Audience safety at concerts

Updated 17/09/2020. Welcome to...
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UMO Helsinki feat. Vuokko Hovatta, Jesse Kaikuranta & Juha Viitala

Private event: Party congress ...
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Audience outreach: UMO Helsinki – Half the Fun

These audience outreach concer...
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UMO Helsinki feat. Nina Mya: Overcast – the Music of Ed Partyka

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UMO Helsinki: Big Band Classics – Greetings From New York

Summer in Helsinki wouldn̵...
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UMO Helsinki Ensemble: Cinema Italiano (Rota – Morricone)

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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.