Tampere Jazz Happening is Festival of the Year 2012. The title was granted by Finland Festivals, a collaboration forum for Finnish cultural events. The choice was argued with Happening’s role in enriching the Finnish jazz scene.
The 31st Happening will present a total of 26 acts, of which 18 are international.
The programme sets the stage for a balance of old school veterans and upcoming talents of the future.
Pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the hottest names in jazz. In this year’s DownBeat Critics Poll he set a new record by winning five categories.
Saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and his Chicago Tentet will bring their autumn tour also to Tampere. The Tentet experiments on the borderlines of free expression. The Guggenheim Fellowship grantee Gerry Hemingway and his quintet will play material from their 2011 album Riptide.
The winner of the Finnish finals of Young Nordic Jazz Comets 2011, Mopo, oozes youthful energy. The new Slo Motive ensemble consists of vocalist Sanni Orasmaa, keyboardist Kari Ikonen and percussionist Mamba Assefa.
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emmi.paakkonen[at]tampere[dot]fi, tel. +358 40 800 4361