The program of Helsinki Festival is announced: www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi
29.8. there will be the premiere of my new group Panu Savolainen Toivo.
23.8. HERD & Aili Ikonen will have a very special guest, the great singer Vieno Kekkonen, concert at Viapori Jazz Festival
Next HERD club coming up 10th of May, featuring the great Swedish singer Anni Elif! Known especially from the group Elifantree.
Panu Savolainen Proprius playing two gigs; 28.4. Malmitalo (Helsinki), 31.5. Monk (Turku). You're welcome!
Nice things coming up. Playing with HERD every month at HERD-klubi, next one on 5th of April, featuring Finnish sax legend Eero Koivistoinen! Check www.herdtrio.com/herdklubi for more information.
Panu Savolainen Proprius playing a couple of gigs, 28.4. in Helsinki and 31.5. in Turku, Finland.
A premier of a very interesting new group coming up in August, stay tuned!
Happy New Year people! And thanks for the great 2012 for everyone.
Very nice things coming up also in 2013, check out the updated calendar.
Herd & Aili Ikonen-concert "Jazzbasilli" from December can be heard at YLE Areena (Finnish National Broadcasting Company) during January:
All the best!
We had a great time with HERD at the Eurojazz 2012 Festival in Mexico last weekend! Thanks to everybody involved.
Check out a brand new article of me at the Finnish Music Information Center website: http://www.fimic.fi/fimic/fimic.nsf/0/4B97C527013A3339C22579C1003E834E?o...
Radio tape by Varre Vartiainen Group will be played in Jatzofrenia-program on YLE Radio 1 next Sunday 18.3. http://yle.fi/radio1/musiikki/jatzofrenia/varre_vartiaisen_studiosessiot...
Panu Savolainen Proprius playing again after a while next week! Juttutupa, Helsinki, on Wednesday 21.3, 9 pm, welcome!
Spring is here!
HERD will be playing at EuroJazz 2012-festival in Mexico next week. One concert in Cuautla on 9th, and two concerts in Mexico City on the 10th of March. Really looking forward!
HERD Live!! was recently reviewed in Orkester Journalen, the biggest jazz-magazine in Sweden: http://www.orkesterjournalen.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic...
New Fredator-album "Rebirth of the Bad" was also released in February on the label "Suomen Musiikki". Buy your copy for example from www.levykauppax.fi! (Worldwide)
In March and April there will be some really nice concerts with my own groups in Finland. Including brand new duo with one of my favorite musicians, bassist Jori Huhtala. Check out concert calendar!
Greetings from sunny Berlin,
Year 2011 included very interesting work as a musician. Some highlights include HERD's 1st prize in European Jazz Competition, debut album "Live!!" and also the debut gig of my new band, Panu Savolainen Proprius. Also worth mentioning are the concerts at the main stage of Pori Jazz Festival (with Olli Hirvonen Quartet and Kerkko Koskinen Orchestra) and the Opening Ceremonies of the new Helsinki Music Center (HERD feat. Aili Ikonen).
In 2012, I'm looking forward to play with the old and also some new groups. Besides Finland, I will be playing at least in Germany, Poland, Mexico and Netherlands.
I would like to thank everybody who came to hear these concerts in 2011! Have a wonderful 2012.
This week I was recording some nice music for YLE Broadcasting Company with guitarist Varre Vartiainen's group, including Timo Lassy, Ape Anttila, Sami Kuoppamäki, Olli Haavisto and Eero Raittinen. Nice sessions, more about this in the future!
The second album of the lizard-jazz-group Fredator, "Rebirth of the Bad", will be released soon. We will play a release gig in Helsinki on Saturday 17th of December, stay tuned for more info!
A new review of HERD Live!! (in Finnish) can be found here:
The CD can now be bought internationally also from Record Store X:
Some gigs also updated, nice things coming up in 2012!