Iro Haarla – piano and harp
Hayden Powell – trumpet
Trygve Seim – saxophones
Uffe Krokfors – double bass
Jon Christensen – drums
Iro Haarla is a Finnish pianist, harpist and composer. Besides her recent work on ECM, Haarla is well known for her collaborations with drummer Edvard Vesala, to whom she was also married.
In recent years, Hayden has appeared as part of the Iro Haarla Quintet, a band known for it’s beautifully written two-part melody lines and distinct nordic sound. Appearances in 2012 include Pori Jazz in Finland and Varangerfestivalen in Norway, as well as a new recording and more festivals in the autumn. Before Hayden joined, the quintet released two albums on ECM, Northbound (2006) and Vespers (2011) with Mathias Eick on trumpet.
Haarla’s latest work is the orchestral piece Ante Lucem, commissioned by Norrlandsoperans Symfoniorkester. The composition features her Haarla’s quintet as soloists and was premiered and recorded at the 2012 Umeå Jazz Festival.
Read more about Iro Haarla at ECM