Koko Jazz Club , Helsinki


7.11. At 19:00

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Tickets 20 / 16 e

Conductor: Kirmo Lintinen

Guitarist-composer Kalle Kalima has been residing in Berlin and promoting Finnish jazz in Central Europe for many years. In November he joins forces with UMO.

In the concert series UMO performs a Quentin Tarantino inspired composition by Kalima: Pulp Friction (Tarantino Suite), that was originally commissioned by the German equivalent of UMO,NDR Bigband, in 2012.

Kalima has composed lots of music for smaller bands, and this piece of work offers a fresh perspective to traditional big band music. In his composition, Kalima combines traditional big band sound with 70s funky tones and the atmosphere of the era’s cop thrillers in an intriguing way. Pulp Friction is a gunpowder-loaded series that reminds distantly of Lalo Schifrin’s work. The music looks and sounds like Kalima – party in the art, art in the party.


Kalle Kalima (b. 1973)

  • UMO commissioned composition Dance Suite for Domestic Animals in 2009, and Lietsonta in 2011
  • Significant bands and groups: K-18, Klima Kalima, Kuu! Tenors of Kalma, Johnny La Marama
  • Kalle Kalima & K-18 was presented an Emma-award for the best jazz album of the year 2013 with Out to Lynch
  • Kalima was earlier this year nominated for Germany’s Jazz Echo award in category Gitarre national.
  • In the beginning of the year ACT label published acclaimed High Noon album, on which Kalima interprets various classic Westerns.


The duration of the two set concerts in Koko Jazz Club and Vuotalo (intermission included) is approx. 2 hours. The afternoon concert in Kanneltalo is more compact and shorter, about 1 hour.

Note: Forty-five minutes before each concert there’s an introductory discussion about the background of the concert in the café of the venue.

Doors open 17.45