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New Jazz from Finland in Budapest

New Jazz From Finland is arranged for the second time in Budapest in December. New Jazz From Finland is a collaboration between FinnAgora and Budapest Music Center and brings exciting contemporary acts from the Finnish jazz scene to Hungary. This year Mopo and OK:KO are booked for shows at Budapest’s Opus Jazz Club.

Mopo is a collective of three talented musicians from Finland. The energetic trio saw the daylight in the fall of 2009, when the musicians brainstormed as a result of a bar-fight. Mopo ("a moped") accelerates easily from zero to speed of light, but mostly the trio steps on the gas for a hilarious joyride in the countryside. The trio draws their inspiration from jazz, 70s punk and the Finnish nature. Each composition is born in the magic of the moment and Mopo's intense performances have stolen the hearts of their audiences all over the Finnish jazz club scene. In May 2011, Mopo won the Finnish tryouts of the Young Nordic Jazz Comets –competition and earned a huge amount of interest and attention in the finals held in Stockholm.

OK:KO is Finnish drummer Okko Saastamoinen’s collective, introducing some of the most prestigious Finnish jazz musicians of younger generation. In his compositions Okko puts an emphasis on leaving a lot of room for improvisation, where members of the band are in their best taking the music to new directions still maintaining the the essence of the tunes. “This dialogue keeps music fresh and makes it very multi-dimensional and vibrant,” says Saastamoinen “We're trying to keep the bands sound fresh and move from fragile soundscapes to rough and flamboyant moods.” The influences that the band members bring to Okko’s compositions can be anything from the history of Western music. Trust, use of space and improvisation are the main themes. OK:KO’s gigs have been described as an intense experiences that arouses mental images and deep presence in the listener.


7.12.2018, 20:00.

8.12.2018, 20:00.

Opus Jazz Club (Budapest Music Center), 1093 Budapest, Mátyás utca 8.