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News, 6/15/2012

The best of Nordic Jazz cooling off Washington's summer

Nordic Jazz 2012

The embassies of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland present the summer's coolest jazz event, the Nordic Jazz Week, in D.C. from June 22 to 30. Finnish jazz pianist Iiro Rantala - solo and Sunna Gunnlaugsdóttir Trio from Iceland will fill the Finnish Embassy with their unique tunes on June 27.

Photo © Iiro RantalaPhoto © Iiro Rantala

The Nordic Jazz Week brings the brightest talents of the Nordic scene to cool off Washington's sweltering summer nights. The Embassy of Finland hosts one of the many concerts on June 27, presenting two unique musical performances, Iiro Rantala – solo (Finland) and Sunna Gunnlaugsdóttir Trio (Iceland).

Iiro Rantala (born 1970, in Helsinki) is one of the best known Finnish jazz pianists, both in Finland and abroad. He has studied piano in the jazz department of Sibelius Academy and classical piano in Manhattan School of Music. Rantala is a pianist and composer of Trio Töykeät, a Finnish jazz trio. In addition to jazz, he has composed some classical pieces - most notably, the Concerto for Piano and Concerto in G♯ΔA♭.

Photo: © SiggidoriSunna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Photo: © Siggidori

Sunna Gunnlaugsdóttir is an Icelandic jazz pianist and will join Iiro Rantala with her trio at the Embassy of Finland. The Washington Post described her music as possessing "such timeless virtues as lyricism and grace... elegantly bridges soul- searching passages with uncluttered swing." Sunna Gunnlaugsdóttir reaffirms that assesment on her latest CD, "Long Pair Bond" which features fellow Icelander bassist Thorgrimur Jónsson and long-time cohort Scott McLemore on drums. It’s her first trio album since her debut in 1997, and now a more mature, more experienced Gunnlaugs presents this music in an unhurried, contemplative fashion.

Iiro Rantala – solo & Sunna Gunnlaugsdóttir Trio at Embassy of Finland, Wednesday, June 27 at 7.00pm
The admission to the jazz concert at the Embassy of Finland is free, but seating is limited. In order to reserve a seat, please send your name, affiliation/organization and e-mail address to Your reservation will be confirmed by e-mail.

You can buy tickets for other Nordic Jazz events from here: Nordic Jazz Tickets

Flyer for Nordic Jazz 2012 is available here: pdfNordic Jazz 2012 Flyer

Other Nordic Jazz Week events

June 22 IPA (Norway) at Twin Jazz, 9:00pm & 11:00pm
June 23 Søren Møller (Denmark) at Twin Jazz 9:00pm & 11:00pm
June 24 Goran Kajfes Subtopic Akestra (Sweden) at Twin Jazz, 8:00pm & 10:00pm
June 26 - Nordic Jazz on the rooftop of House of Sweden
Björn Thoroddsen (Iceland), Håkon Kornstad (Norway), Søren Møller (Denmark), Goran Kajfes Subtopic Arkestra (Sweden), 6:30 – 11:00pm
June 28 Håkon Kornstad (Norway) at Twin Jazz 8:00pm & 10:00pm
June 29 Björn Thoroddsen Trio (Iceland) at Twins Jazz, 9:00pm & 11:00pm
June 30 Sunna Gunnlaugsdóttir Trio (Iceland) at Twin Jazz, 9:00pm & 11:00pm

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Updated 6/20/2012

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