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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Aili Ikonen feat. UMO Helsinki

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra an...
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Let’s Festival in summer 2022: Torino Jazz Festival, Lahti Organ Festival, Flow Festival, Helsinki Festival & Allas Sea Pool

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra ha...
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UMO Helsinki with Nikki Iles & Mike Walker (UK)

Award winning British pianist,...
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Jazz Jam & Brew

Welcome to the jazz jam sessio...
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Mikko Mäkinen

b. 1967

Sibelius Academy Jazz Department graduate Mikko Mäkinen strengthened UMO Jazz Orchestra’s saxophone section for the first time in 1993. His career in UMO began at the orchestra’s young soloist’s concert, and has continued since with temporary vacancies – the last one has continued since 2011. In addition to alto saxophone, tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone, Mäkinen plays also clarinets and flutes.

Mikko Mäkinen has played in Riku Niemi Orchestra, The Great Helsinki Swing Band and various groups lead by Pentti Lasanen to name a few. His playing has been enjoyed by audiences in the Finnish National Theatre, Helsinki City Theatre, TTT-Theatre in Tampere, Pori City Theatre, Lappeenranta City Theatre and Unga Teatern. In addition to working in orchestras, Mäkinen has shared his knowledge to young musicians in Lappeenranta Music Institute, Sibelius Academy and Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory.