Poetry & Jazz

When launched by Joel Holmberg in 2001, Poetry & Jazz was simply – as its name suggests – performance poetry interspaced with jazz.

Since then, both words and music have evolved. Programmes now regularly contain poetry, monologues, dialogues and short stories. We’ve often often have jazz – John Millar on clarinet and Johanna Pitkänen on piano – but there’s also been classical double bass, folk guitar, and even the theremin! For a number of years, Stina Halmetoja and Matthew Paines have provided us with a variety of moving and amusing contemporary songs.

From 2001–2008, performances were held at Café Engel. Arkadia International Bookshop has been our regular venue since 2009. In 2018 we will also have a performance at Café Pokkari in Vuosaari.

The Finn-Brit Players presents a new full of programme of Poetry & Jazz twice a year, with the occasional special performance. To date, there have been thirty-two main and eleven special programmes, mostly in Helsinki, but one a far afield as Kuopio.

The next programme will be:
Money
10, 17 & 25 October 2018
Matthew Paines (guitar & vocals), Päivi Kesti (vocals) & Erik Johannes Riekko (keyboard)
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Some ghosts of Poetry & Jazz past:

Bodies
18 & 25 April 2018
Matthew Paines (guitar & vocals)
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Beasts
5 & 12 October 2017
Matthew Paines (guitar & vocals)
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Swedish Special
8 September 2017
Matthew Paines (guitar & vocals)
Programme coming soon…

Night of the Arts Special
24 August 2017
Programme coming soon…

Time
2 & 9 May 2017
Katariina Jumppanen & Aleksi Klöve (vocals)
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Journeys
18 & 25 October 2016
Katariina Jumppanen and Jenine Simons (vocals)
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15th-Anniversary Edition
6 September 2016
Stina Halmetoja (piano & vocals) and John Millar (clarinet)
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Fear
9 & 16 February 2016
Jukka Tykkyläinen (piano & vocals) and Leo Heng (vocals)
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Echoes
20 & 27 October 2015
Stina Halmetoja (piano & vocals)
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Family & Friends
24 & 31 March 2015
Stina Halmetoja (piano, ukulele & vocals) and Pauliina Munukka (vocals)
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TABOO
11 & 18 November 2014
Stina Halmetoja on piano & vocals
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Drunk & Disorderly
11, 18 & 25 March 2014
Stina Halmetoja on piano & vocals
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War & Peace
10, 17 & 24 September 2013
Stina Halmetoja on piano & vocals
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The Romantics
11 June 2013
Silva Artto on piano
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Believe It or Not!
12, 19 & 26 March 2013
Stina Halmetoja on piano & vocals
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Reflections
2, 9 & 16 October 2012
Stina Halmetoja on piano & vocals
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Understandings and Misunderstandings
2, 9 & 16 May 2012
Lucie Niemelä on piano & vocals
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Memorable Moments
27 September; 4 & 11 October 2011
Teea Aarnio on piano & vocals
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Nostalgia & Now
15, 22 & 29 March 2011
John Millar on clarinet
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Miscoloured
14, 21 & 28 September 2010
Saara Markkanen on reeds & guitar
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Songs of Fire & Ice
23 February; 2 & 9 March 2010
John Millar on clarinet
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Lives & Deaths
10, 17 & 24 September 2009
John Millar on clarinet
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The Four Elements
11, 18 & 25 March 2009
John Millar on clarinet
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City Hearts
8, 15 & 22 October 2008
Johanna Pitkänen on piano
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Nature
19 & 26 March; April 2 2008
Johanna Pitkänen on piano
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Food & Drink
3, 10 & 17 October 2007
John Millar on clarinet
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Dreams & Travel
14, 21 & 28 March 2007
John Millar on clarinet
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Letters Home
13, 22 & 27 September 2006
Joe White on (various) guitars and theremin
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Trauma Kit
8, 15 & 22 March 2006
Lauri Kivi-Koskinen on piano
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Autumn 2005
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Prose & Jazz
8, 15 & 22 June 2005
John Millar on the clarinet
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On Tour: Kuopio
Spring 2005
Lauri Kivi-Koskinen on piano
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Free Entry, Free Minds
26 January; 2 & 9 February 2005
Lauri Kivi-Koskinen on piano
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Autumn 2004
Coming…

Summertime Edition
22 July 2004
John Millar on clarinet
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Spring 2004
7, 14 & 21 April 2004
John Millar on clarinet
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Autumn 2003
5, 12 & 19 November 2003
John Millar on clarinet
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Spring 2003
6, 13 & 20 March 2003
Johannes Raikas on double bass
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Autumn 2002
13, 20 & 27 November 2002
Johannes Raikas on double bass
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Courtyard 2002
27 August 2002
Johannes Raikas on double bass
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Verse and Worse
Spring 2002
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Spring 2002
27 February; 6 & 13 March 2002
Hélios Quinquis on jazz guitar
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Autumn 2001
4, 10, 17, 24 & 31 October 2001
Walter Wolff on piano
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Spring 2001
Coming…