UMO Helsinki Ensemble: The Blues and the Abstract Truth

In the spotlight of this conce...
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ONLINE CONCERT: UMO Helsinki Ensemble feat. Annimaria Rinne: Great American Songbook

The UMO Helsinki Ensemble toge...
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Accessible Orchestras pilot brings virtual concerts to senior centre in Helsinki

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orch...
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ONLINE CONCERT: Portraits of Silence – UMO Helsinki, Anna-Maria Helsing, Mirja Mäkelä

Note! The concert has been pos...
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Record number of participants in the renewed composing contest

The Jury includes Bob Mintzer ...
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Free online concerts in March

As the audience restrictions f...
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CANCELLED: Jimi Tenor & UMO Helsinki: Terra Exotica

Updated 15.3.2021:  The live ...
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ON DEMAND: UMO Helsinki: Awakening – New Music for Jazz Orchestra

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra pe...
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ON DEMAND: UMO Helsinki: Frozen Petals

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra pl...
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ON DEMAND: UMO Helsinki Ensemble – Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers

UMO Helsinki Ensemble will tak...
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ON DEMAND: HPO & UMO Helsinki: Clarinet Heroes (and a Lonely Trombone Player)

Update 28.1.2021:  Live strea...
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UMO and The Finnish Big Band Association organise a reformed composition contest

Edited 23.3.2021 UMO Helsinki ...
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Orchestra

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is the only professional orchestra in Finland specialised in jazz and new rhythm-oriented music. 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. 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 the orchestra every year. The band also acts as a hands-on educational establishment for Finnish musicians in the fields of jazz and popular music.

Timo Paasonen
  • 2. trumpet
  • Member of UMO since 1988
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Teemu Mattsson
  • 1. trumpet, section leader
  • Member of UMO since 2005
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Mikko Pettinen
  • 3. trumpet
  • Member of UMO since 1998
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Tero Saarti
  • 4. trumpet
  • Member of UMO since 1993
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Mikko Mustonen
  • 2. trombone
  • Member of UMO since 1993
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Kasperi Sarikoski
  • 1. trombone, section leader
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Pekka Laukkanen
  • 3. trombone
  • Member of UMO since 1993
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Mikael Långbacka
  • Bass trombone
  • Member of UMO since 1984
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Olli Ojajärvi
  • 2. tenor saxophone
  • Member of UMO since 2000
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Manuel Dunkel
  • 2. tenor saxophone
  • Member of UMO since 1994
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Jouni Järvelä
  • 1. alto saxophone, section leader
  • Member of UMO since 1995
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Ville Vannemaa
  • 1. and 2. alto saxophone
  • Conductor, arranger
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Mikko Mäkinen
  • Baritone saxophone
  • Member of UMO since  1994
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Markus Ketola
  • Drums
  • Member of UMO since 1993
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Kirmo Lintinen
  • Piano
  • Member of UMO since 1988
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Ed Partyka
  • Artistic Director and Chief Conductor 2020–2021
  • Trombonist, composer and arranger
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