Jazzahead! 2016

21.04.2016 – 24.04.2016

Jazzahead! is the place to go for the jazz professionals: it is a trade fair, conference and showcase festival as well as an annual meeting point for the international jazz scene. The first jazzahead! took place in 2006, and since then the event has grown constantly. This year, Finland is not only present with a versatile Finnish delegation – the two Finnish bands Oddarrang and Mopo are part of the renowned showcase program.

Jazzahead! 2015 in numbers:

  • 3010 professional attendees
  • 929 exhibiting organizations from 55 different countries
  • Over 110 concerts within four days

Mopo and Oddarrang chosen to play the showcase festival

Two top-notch Finnish acts, Mopo and Oddarrang, have been selected to play the competed showcase series of jazzahead! 2016. Both will play within the European Jazz Meeting on Saturday 23 April. 


  • Oddarrang: 23.4. at 16:30, Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
  • Mopo: 23.4. at 23:30, Halle 7.1

Read Matti Nives’ interview with Mopo and Oddarrang here.

Finnish umbrella stand 6E09

Again this year, Music Finland coordinates the Finnish umbrella stand at the jazzahead! trade fair. The Finnish stand no 6E09 is a part of the Nordic stand area. 

Finnish delegates at Jazzahead!

Download the full delegate guide here.

Annamaija Music Company
Annamaija Music Company is an artist management and agency, whose roster includes artists like Oddarrang, Elifantree, Olavi Louhivuori Solo, NYConnection, Kari Ikonen Trio, Rakka, Black Motor and Osuma Ensemble. Representatives at Jazzahead: Annamaija Saarela, Riitta Huttunen

Astra Music Ltd
Astra Music Ltd represents guitarist and composer Kalle Kalima. Representative at Jazzahead: Hannele Kalske

Bafe’s Factory
Bafe’s Factory is a record label whose artists include Vilma Timonen Quartet, Souhtpaw Steel’n’Twang and Tuuletar. Representatives at Jazzahead: Aija Lehtonen, Jyri Lehtonen

Creatika Agency
Creatika Agency represents artists like Mopo, Dalindéo, Verneri Pohjola and Ilmiliekki Quartet. Representative at Jazzahead: Terhi Aaen

Finnish Jazz Federation
Founded in 1966, the Finnish Jazz Federation is, with its 41 affiliates, the leading organisation for professional jazz music in Finland. Representative at Jazzahead: Raisa Siivola

Helsinki Jazz Underground
Jazz HUG is a Helsinki-based agency, artist collective and live jazz production company. Representatives at Jazzahead: Jaska Lukkarinen, Jussi Fredriksson

Hub Productions
Hub Productions is a jazz music label based in Helsinki. The label releases two albums at Jazzahead, Reija Lang Miehistö's Uuden Oodi and Reija Lang New Trio's Blessium. Read more about the releases here. Representative at Jazzahead: Reija Lang

Martti Vesala Soundpost Quintet
Martti Vesala Soundpost Quintet is comprised of crème de la crème of young finnish jazz musicians. The group’s debut album will be released in September 2016 by Ozella Music. Representative at Jazzahead: Martti Vesala

MiklagardArts is a young company founded in September 2015 by an experienced Turkish cultural producer and an established Finnish artist. Representative at Jazzahead: Ceyda Berk-Söderblom

Mio Mio Productions
Mio Mio Productions is a small Helsinki-based company that produces events, festivals and tours. Mio Mio Productions have worked with events like Flow Festival and Pori Jazz and they also represent Buba Wii Aa. Representative at Jazzahead: Katariina Uusitupa

No Problem! Music
No Problem! Music is a management company and record label who represent Finnish-Beninese group Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble. Representative at Jazzahead: Janne Halonen

Okra Playground
Okra Playground is an ensemble made up of folk and rhythmic music professionals. Representative at Jazzahead: Martiina Laaksonen

Sid Hille is an avantgarde pianist and composer who performs internationally with Sid Hille Contemporary Collective, Sid Hille Camerata, the Finnish-Italian quintet Infinita and as a solo-multi-instrumentalist. Representative at Jazzahead: Sid Hille

Saura Booking Agency
Saura Booking Agency was founded in 2014. Saura works with Finnish jazz, folk and world music artists. Representative at Jazzahead: Johanna Sauramäki

Texicalli Records
Texicalli Records is a 100% independent Finnish record company specialised in highest quality jazz along with progressive rock and folk. Representative at Jazzahead: Martti Heikkinen

UMO Jazz Orchestra
UMO Jazz Orchestra is the only professional orchestra in Finland specialized in jazz and new rhythm-oriented music. Representative at Jazzahead: Thomas Noreila

Verneri Pohjola
Verneri Pohjola is a trumpet player who released his first album, Bullhorn, for Edition Records in 2015. Representative at Jazzahead: Verneri Pohjola

We Jazz
We Jazz is a creative office based in Helsinki. They organize the annual week-long We Jazz Festival in Helsinki, release recordings, and deejay at jazz events plus on the radio. Representative at Jazzahead: Matti Nives


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