Joona Toivanen Trio to Australia and Asia in September
Joona Toivanen Trio will give concerts in Singapore, Korea and Australia on September 7 - 22. The tour includes 11 concerts in all, plus TV performances and workshops.
The journey will begin in Singapore with tho club dates. After that, the Korean part will encompass festival appearances as well as live television performances on a national channel. In Australia, the trio will appear on stage no fewer than seven times, and, in addition, two workshops will be held in Melbourne and Canberra.
The tour will be organized by Australian promoter Henk van Leeuwen, who has previously imported other Finnish artists as well, including the likes of Espoo Big Band, Jukka Perko and Trio Töykeät.
Pianist Joona Toivanen currently studies in Sweden at the School of Music, Gothenburg University. He started his career in the Jyväskylä jazz scene, which applies also to the other members of the group, Tapani Toivanen (bass) and Olavi Louhivuori (drums).
The music of the trio is often described as lyrical and elegant. In their repertoire they feature original compositions and emphasize ballads. To quote Jukka Hauru, jazz critic for Finland's biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the trio has "an exceptional ability to express such longing that combines melancholy and joy".
EBS TV, live broadcast
Seoul, Evans Jazz Club
Jarasum Jazz Festival
Darwin, Skycity Sunset
Perth Jazz Society, Hyde
Melbourne, Bennetts Lane
Canberra, Finnish Embassy
Australia National University
Canberra, Southern Cross
Cairns, Tanks Arts Centre
Brisbane, Kangaroo Point
5 July, 2007