we jazz 2015
helsinki 7. – 13.12.
artistic director: Matti Nives
communications manager, producer: Katariina Uusitupa
producer: Annika Mustonen
technical producer: Eero Löyttyjärvi
marketing interns: Karin Johnson, Roope Pokki
production interns: Jori Hellstedt, Anna Suonsyrjä
sales: Riitta Huttunen
partners: Club Mate, Genelec, GEST, Goethe-Institut Finnland, Helsinki Design Week, Image, Music Finland, Radio Helsinki, Taidelinja, Sibelius Academy, Unifilm, Web-Veistämö
supporters: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki Cultural Office, The Finnish Music Foundation
tickets: Lippupiste, Tiketti
event patron: M. A. Numminen
Aki Rissanen Sturm
Bowman Trio (We Jazz Rising Star 2015)
Gunter Hampel Quintet
Invitation Quintet 2
Jaska Luukkarinen Trio plays Valtteri Pöyhönen
Jazz kiinnostaa live
Joonas Haavisto & Mikko Karjalainen / Antti Lötjönen / Jukka Perko / Joonas Riippa / Teemu Viinikainen
Jukka Perko Jazztet
Juhani Aaltonen Trio
Jussi Lampela & Verneri Pohjola: Meren kasvojen edessä
Laura Annika Quartet
M. A. Numminen
Teddy’s West Coasters
Teemu Åkerblom Quartet
Timo Lassy Band w/ guests
Verneri Pohjola Quartet
Vijay Iyer Trio
We Jazz DJs
We Jazz is an event first established in 2013 to present a selection of interesting jazz music. Both foreign and domestic artists spread around Helsinki to perform during this week of concerts.
The producers at We Jazz make an effort to continually discover new spaces for music and many of the venues change from year to year. The pairing of artists and venues is aimed at creating the best possible context for the music at hand. This is why many of the We Jazz venues are quite small.
Music is often at its best when experienced at short range and quality before quantity is what We Jazz wants to present. Every concert is a handpicked and thought-out piece of the bigger picture. We Jazz is often referred to as a festival and as Helsinki’s biggest annual jazz event, there’s no denying that We Jazz is exactly that.
The terms “installation” and “utopia” have also been used to describe the event right from the beginning. These words capture the essence of the event and gently direct the thought away from the conventional idea of a jazz festival. In addition to introducing the best possible music, We Jazz aims to challenge and renew the ways of presenting jazz.
The event takes place in December when there’s not much else going on. While the timing offers a break from Christmas shopping and some relief into the winter darkness, it also permits an annual glance back at the year of jazz. Many topical artists with fantastic 2015 releases are present in the lineup. We Jazz is a cross-section of the current music but also a collection of timeless jazz across the broad spectrum of styles.