Upcoming concerts:

Iro Haarla Quartet:

Tampere Jazz Happening


30.10.2020. 8:00 pm.

Malmitalo (Helsinki)

Jazz´n Jam

17.11.2020. 7:00 pm

Iro Haarla Sextet: ​

We Jazz 2020 presents:

selected productions from the catalogue of Leo Records.

GLO Hotel Art Jugend Hall (Lönnrotinkatu 29, Helsinki)

29.11.2020, 8:30 pm.

Iro Haarla Quartet kiertueella 28.9.-29.11.2019

La 28.9. klo 18 Porvoo Jazz Festival / Kulttuuritalo Grand
Ke 30.10. klo 19 Oulainen, Merkuriussali / Oulaisten Musiikkiviikot*
Ti 19.11. klo 19 Helsinki, G-Livelab
Ke 20.11.klo 19 Savonlinna, Kulttuurikellari*
To 21.11. klo 19 Äänekoski, Suolahtisali*
La 23.11. klo 19 Joensuu, Konservatorio / järj. Jazzkerho -76*
Su 24.11. klo 14 Lieksa, Brahesali / järj. Jazzkerho -76*
Ke 27.11. klo 19 Turku, Turun seudun musiikkiopisto*
To 28.11. klo 19 Tampere, G-Livelab*
Pe 29.11. klo 19 Pori, Validi Karkia -klubi*

Iro Haarla trion konsertit 30.11. ja 1.12.
La 30.11. klo 15 Riihimäki, Riihimäen taidemuseo*

Kiertueen tuotanto: Vapaat äänet

Iro Haarla Quartet/Pori Jazz 2018:

Iro Haarla Trio:

12.2.2019. klo Loimaa, Taidemuseo.

Silent Music:

UMO & Iro Haarla


Fri 12th April 2019 at 6 pm // Askola church
Mon 15th April 2019 at 7 pm // Porvoo cathedral
Tue 16th April 2019 at 7 pm // Espoo cathedral
Wed 17th April 2019 at 7 pm // Church of Saint Lawrence, Vantaa
Thu 18th April 2019 at 1 pm // Musiikkitalo, Paavo Hall, Helsinki
Fri 19th April 2019 at 6 pm // Mikael Agricola church, Helsinki

The long-term collaborative history between UMO and Iro Haarla will see a continuation in Easter time when the big band and the pianist-harpist give a church tour around the Uusimaa region. In addition to the metropolitan area – Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa – the tour reaches to the cities of Porvoo and Askola. It also comprises an afternoon concert at the Helsinki Music Centre on the Holy Thursday.

Entitled Silent Music, the concert gives a cross-section of the compositions that UMO has commissioned from Haarla over her career. Among others, the programme includes the piece Ante Lucem  – ennen päivän koittoa (2005; Eng.Before the Dawn), delving on the events of Easter and the passion of Christ; Kurkien taru (2006; Eng. The Tale of the Cranes) portraying the migration of the majestic birds; and Led by the Wind (2015) – a piece inspired by the might of the wind. The concert will also see the premiere of the title composition, Silent Music (2019), written specifically for the occasion. Many of Haarla’s works initially premiered by UMO have lived on in different arrangements in the repertories of her own ensembles and even on recordings. The Easter concert will be conducted by Mikko Hassinen – already a well-known face at UMO’s helm.

– With my music I aim at bringing some light to the listener, stirring deep feelings and promoting the ability to feel pleasure and pass it on. The main thought behind the concert is finding a quietness within oneself; following the deep sonic textures, the undulating flow of sound, towards the light. Playing with UMO and conductor Mikko Hassinen is an exceptionally interesting chance for me to realise these ideas, Haarla says.

The concerts of Porvoo, Askola and Helsinki Music Centre are a part of the series AUF, launched in spring 2018, between Avanti!, UMO and FiBO. The project explores new types of collaboration between orchestras and different concert-organising bodies.

Iro Haarla

  • Pianist, harpist, composer and band-leader

  • Performed, notated and arranged music by her late spouse Edward Vesala in 1979–1999

  • Embarked on a solo career in the early 00s, with notable international success

  • Her Finnish-Norwegian quintet has recorded three albums produced by Manfred Eicher on ECM Records, while her Finnish groups have released altogether five recordings on TUM Records

  • Decorated with the Pori Jazz Ted Curson Prize in 2018; a Jazz Emma Prize in 2005 and 2011; and the Yrjö Jazz Prize in 2006

  • Finds inspiration in natural phenomena, birds and different states of emotion

Iro Haarla Quintet:

12.5.2019, Trondheim Jazz Festival, Norway.

Iro Haarla ja Seppo Kantonen: Steinway in Both Ways-konserttisarja:

30.9.2018: Kerava, Keravan seurakunta, Papintie 6, klo 18-19.

11.10.2018: Malmitalo, klo 15.

30.11.2018: Kitee, Kiteesali, klo 18-18.30: taiteilijatapaaminen. Klo 19-21: konsertti.

1.12.2018: Joensuu. Sun Ra-konsertti: Vierailijana Mikko Innanen; alttosaksofoni.


The receiver of this year’s Pori Jazz Ted Curson award is pianist, harpist and composer Iro Haarla. The New Talent award goes to bassist Kaisa Mäensivu.

Iro Haarla, 61, is a seasoned Jazz musician who became known in the late 1970s for working side by side with her fiancé, percussionist Edward Vesala. Later in her career she released several praised solo pieces and collaborated with the best Norwegian musicians. The Finnish Jazz Association awarded Haarla with the Yrjö prize in 2006.

Ted Curson Award is awarded annually by Pori Jazz Festival to an exceptional artist. In addition to the Award, Pori Jazz funds one artistic project agreed with the artist.

New ECM Records-release!

Release on the 26.8 (international) and on the 2.9 in Finland:


 Iro Haarla´s "Ante Lucem" for symphony orchestra and quintet. Performed by the NorrlandsOperan`s Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Jukka Iisakkila) and the Iro Haarla  Quintet. 

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