Skalitzer Str. 134 10999 Berlin, Deutschland
Thu, 09 May 2019
Show starts: 21:15
We Jazz Label Night
Based in Finland's capital Helsinki the legendary label We Jazz is responsible for countless iconic landmark jazz releases. Furthermore they are closely connected to the Helsinki’s We Jazz Festival. In cooperation with We Jazz Records XJAZZ Festival is proud to present proper dose of Scandinavia’s finest jazz.
Alder Ego’s fearless music surfs along the coastline of Joonas Leppänen’s compositions and takes swoops in the open ocean of free jazz. The quartet consists of young improv talents and Leppänen has opened the band a broad musical horizon after his years in Berlin and Gothenburg. The music seeks to address bigger pictures and it could be described as communicative, narrative chamber jazz.
OK:KO’s performances can be described intensive experiences which awaken deep presence and images in the listener’s mind. OK:KO, formerly known as O. Saastamoisen Kvartetti, is a Finnish jazz band led by drummer Okko Saastamoinen. Saastamoinen has made a long journey from the active folk music scene in Haapavesi to the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki where he has gotten the chance to dive deeper into the tradition of jazz. To give life to his own vision of jazz, Okko founded his first own jazz ensemble in the fall of 2015. Accompanied by some virtuous players his very own jazz approach started to evolve and flourish. XJAZZ Festival is already excited what beautifully improvised surprises their album release in February 2019 will bring upon us.