Varre Vartiainen Almost Standards Acoustic Live
Archipelago Center Korpoström
Varre Vartiainen – gtr
Joonatan Rautio – sax
Filemon von Numers – bas
Jussi Lehtonen – drs
“Jazz Guitar – Rock Attitude” slogan describes guitarist Varre Vartiainen’s flamboyant personallity and the way of handling his instrument. Versatility as a player and a rock n’ roll attitude has created the basis for his career that’s adaptable in the fields of both jazz and rock in a unique way.
Vartiainen has collaborated with many international artists such as Thomas Ledin and Ed Motta but also has a versatile work history here in Finland, for example with UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, Espoo Big Band, Nylon Beat, Dallape and Leningrad Cowboys. Also mentionable collaborations have been with musicians Iiro Rantala, Severi Pyysalo, Jukkis Uotila and Marzi Nyman – the latest being with the American jazz guitar legend Mike Stern.
At Korpo Sea Jazz 2023 festival Vartiainen performs with his Almost Standards Acoustic! project. For the festival he has formed an acoustic ensemble that includes the Yrjö awarded drummer Jussi Lehtonen and a young jazz bass star Filemon Von Numers. The band’s fourth member is a virtuostic saxophone player Joonatan Rautio who also plays in the original “Almost Standards” album – that has been a review success – from last year. The concert’s program includes songs from the album mentioned and the listeners are guaranteed with World class swingy jazz music and beautiful ballads.
At the concert in Korpoström, two orchestras will perform. The same ticket also applies to Nina Mya: “Just Another Lonely Soul” at 20.15. After the concert, a buffet will be served to those who have reserved a buffet ticket for the price of 23 €. Buy your tickets here!