Jazz Finland, Sibelius Academy Jazz Music Department at Uniarts Helsinki, UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra and the Finnish Musicians’ Union launched a new international jazz residency program in August 2021. The program is proud to feature one of the most sought after bassist Linda May Han Oh as the second artist-in-residence for two weeks in October (3.10.-19.10.).

Based in New York City, Linda May Han Oh is a bassist/composer who has performed and recorded with artists such as Pat MethenyKenny BarronJoe LovanoDave DouglasTerri Lyne CarringtonSteve WilsonGeri Allen and Vijay Iyer.

Originally born in Malaysia and raised in Western Australia, she has received many awards, most recently the Margaret Whitton Award in 2020. She was voted the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Bassist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist’s Association, as well as 2019 Up-and-coming Artist of the Year. She has had five releases as a leader which have received critical acclaim. Her most recent release Aventurine is a double quartet album, featuring string quartet and vocal group Invenio, winning the Best New Jazz Work for the Australian APRA Art Awards.

Linda May Han Oh is based in New York City and is currently Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music and is also part of the Institute for Jazz and Gender Justice. Oh has written for large and small ensembles as well as for film.

In Finland, alongside working on her own artistic projects, Linda May Han Oh collaborates with local jazz professionals and performs with leading Finnish jazz musicians.

October 5, 2021, Oh takes the stage at G Livelab in Tampere with her pianist and husband Fabian Almazan.
October 8, 2021, the duo plays at Flame Jazz Club in Turku.
October 15, 2021, Oh headlines a concert with UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra at Korjaamo Culture Factory. The concert is conducted by Rasmus Soini.

During her stay Linda May Han Oh also teaches at the Sibelius Academy Jazz Department.

The Jazz Finland Residency is a top-level, invitation-only residency for jazz musicians, composers and conductors. Organised and coordinated by Jazz Finland, the program invites two international guest artists each year to Finland for a residency which can last anywhere from one to two months. The residency program is designed for top jazz names and promising up-and-coming musicians.

The Jazz Finland Residency will help create and strengthen networks between international and Finnish jazz professionals, as well as providing opportunities for new creative collaborations and ideas. The residency co-organisers believe that extended artist visits help develop the Finnish jazz scene in a diverse way through advancing international concert activities, strengthening international ties and increasing the access to top level masterclass teaching in Finland. The aim is to establish the residency program as an ongoing and permanent collaboration model, which will enable top international jazz artists to teach and give concerts in Finland.

The leading idea behind the residency program is to facilitate extensive networking with Finnish jazz professionals, in addition to supporting the participants’ own artistic work. The residency includes giving masterclasses at the Sibelius Academy Jazz Department, as well as performing with the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra. The residency concept also enables local professional jazz musicians to initiate collaborations with the Artist-in-Residence.

Further residency partners include Music Finland, Finnish Jazz Musicians’ Association and the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP).

The residency webpage: www.jazzfinlandresidency.fi
Linda May Han Oh´s webpage: https://lindamayhanoh.com/

Photo by Shervin Lainez