Koko Jazz Club , Helsinki

Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio

9.6. At 19:00

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Tickets 18 / 15 e

Find the hidden treasure in Helsinki for your swinging day off! Koko Jazz Club has some of the finest jazz artist in the world. It is a club run by musicians. That´s why some of the very best artists hit the stage when they are around, such as Dave Liebman, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Watts, Adam Nussbaum and Tim Hagans. The artistic guideline of the programme is modern mainstream. It means we deliver the groove. Check out the musicians favourite in Helsinki, next to Hakaniemi subway stop.

Retro-futuristic, curiously swinging, alternative jazz from the North

The music of Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio is firmly rooted in the history of jazz, yet at the same time it is boldly forward-looking – or “retro-futuristic”, as Innanen himself calls it. The listener might hear echoes of Monk, Mingus and Sun Ra, but right from the start it becomes obvious that consciously seek musical areas new and uncharted. Or as Downbeat magazine put it in a concert review: “Think Ornette Coleman in a honky tonk, updated and glazed with dry Finnish wit.” 

Saxophonist, composer Innanen, Seppo Kantonen on synthesizers and Joonas Riippa on drums form the nucleus of Innkvisitio that prepares new material together. The quartet is completed with a second saxophonist who is hand-picked from the international Innkvisitio pool of Liudas Mockunas (LIT) or Fredrik Ljungkvist (SWE), Pauli Lyytinen (FIN) or Daniel Erdmann (GER).

The band celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2014 and has released two albums on TUM Records. The third album was recorded in Helsinki in September 2014 by Innanen, Mockūnas, Kantonen and Riippa and will be released whenever the label feels like it.

“The lifeblood of any art form is just that: fresh blood. Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen is one of the most compelling new voices on the European improvised music scene with over 40 recordings divided between leader and sideman.” DOWNBEAT

Mikko Innanen – saxophones, compositions
Liudas Mockūnas – saxophone, clarinet
Seppo Kantonen – synthesizer
Joonas Riippa – drums