UMO Helsinki Ensemble – Spring Fever – Lunchtime concert

Kasarmikatu 46-48, 00130 Helsinki
Savoy Theatre

In this lunchtime concert ending the spring season of the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, enjoy a vibrant jazz program led by two bright stars of the younger Finnish jazz generation. UMO's trombonist Kasperi Sarikoski and saxophonist Max Zenger have selected their own compositions for the concert program.

Sarikoski has been playing in UMO since 2019 and Zenger since 2023. They are both distinguished musicians also active outside of UMO.

Kasperi Sarikoski (b. 1988) has performed with numerous Finnish jazz artists and, among others, including bands led by Jukka Linkola, Jukka Perko and Teppo Mäkynen. Of international orchestras, he has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis. Sarikoski has released two albums of his own music, Essence and 3 + 1. This lunchtime concert features music from the latter, which he composed and recorded while studying at the Juilliard School in New York.

Max Zenger (b. 1988) leads his own bands, such as Maxxxtet and Globus, with which he won the first place in the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) jazz ensemble competition in 2018. In 2017, Zenger was named the Talent of the Year of the Pori Jazz Festival and in 2018 he was chosen as Artist of the Year for Turku Jazz Festival. He is a founding member of the record label Flame Jazz Records and artistic director of the Porvoo Jazz Festival. Zenger has released ten albums with his own compositions and played on dozens of other records. For this concert, Zenger has handpicked music from his Globus band’s album Flores – on which also Kasperi Sarikoski plays.

The UMO Helsinki Ensemble is a smaller group assembled from members of the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, many of whom – in addition to having a long career in UMO – are involved in numerous individual projects.

Duration 1 hour.

Kasperi Sarikoski, trombone
Max Zenger, alto saxophone
Tuomo Uusitalo, piano
Anssi Tirkkonen, drums
Juuso Rinta, bass

Please note! The admission is free but it is recommendable to book a ticket in advance at the Savoy Theatre box office (0 €) or webshop (0 €). At stores commission is 3 € / order, at R-kioski 3 € / order + 1 € / ticket. Max. 4 tickets / booking. Larger group bookings directly from Savoy. Entry with an advance ticket until 11:50. After this, any empty seats will be filled with customers without tickets. Please arrive early for the doors will be closed once the concert has started.

Production: Savoy Theatre & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra