Photo Federico Cabrera
Ringa Manner & Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen with UMO, Suad
Performance by Ringa Manner, Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen and the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is much more than the sum of its parts.
What do you get when you combine an indie artist blessed with a unique voice, an orchestra leader known as the Duke Ellington of Finland and the only full-time big band in the country? It’s not a simple calculation, as any performance by Ringa Manner, Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen and the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is much more than the sum of its parts.
Ringa Manner brings translucent pop music, a club atmosphere and songs from her projects Ruusut and The Hearing to the equation. Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen, also known as the frontman of the Ricky-Tick Big Band, will apply his skill in arrangement to ensure that the act gets in the groove and the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra will bring a long tradition and infallible sense of style to the mixture. Heaven knows where the improvised notes, electronic elements and effects that feature during the Huvila gig come from – or who to thank when the audience keeps moving to the music.
The evening will open with another enchanting indie voice when Suad performs her wistful and dark guitar pop on the Huvila stage. Suad’s debut album, released last year, lived up to all expectations: the music magazine Soundi praised it as being “in a class of its own” among charts hits and indie pop.