Finnish Music Comes To SEA

Groups of Finnish artists, with the collaboration of the Embassy of Finland in Singapore and Indonesia, will fly half the world from the Lapland to entertain audiences in tropic countries with their Finnish and European style of music in this coming month.

Espoo Big Band in Singapore
Espoo Big Brand (EBB), one of the finest big jazz orchestras in Europe from Finland, will come to entertain audiences in Singapore on December 01 to celebrate Finland’s Independence Day on December 06 and as well as the ending of the Finnish EU Presidency on December 31 this year.
The EBB will play a repertoire by some of Finland’s best composers led by the award-winning conductor Martti Lappalainen.
Four of Finland’s finest composers – Jukka Linkola, Pekka Pohjola, Sakari Kukko and Jarmo Saari – will also feature music at the upcoming concert.
Espoo Big Band has performed at several international jazz festivals including Detroit, Miami, New York, Montreux, Antibes, Budapest, Montpellier, Umbria, London and Paris. Jazz greats who have performed as soloists in various concerts with the EBB include Freddie Hubbard, Slide Hampton, Thad Jones, Bill Watrous, Ray Anderson, Diane Schuur, Art Farmer and Carla Bley, The New York Voices, Maria Schneider, Ray Charles, Kevin Mahogany and Trilok Gurtu.
For further information of the concert and the artists, please visit

Piano Now! in Jakarta
The Embassy of Finland in Indonesia will organize a piano concert, performed by group of five famous pianists from Finland named Piano Now!, on December 04, 2006. The event will be held at the Erasmus Huis in Jakarta starting from 7 PM afterward.
The concert is to mark the end of the Finnish Presidency of the European Union, as well as to start an EU wide Piano Concert Series in Jakarta.
In addition to the concert the pianists will organize workshops with a local music school. The purpose of the workshops is not only to offer quality teaching to Indonesian children who take music lessons, but also to offer both parties the opportunity to interact and socialize across different cultures and backgrounds.
The Embassy of Finland and Nokia support the Finnish culture and the concert is free of charge. For further information, please visit

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