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 has been providing 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.

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 main and eleven special programmes, mostly in Helsinki, but one a far afield as Kuopio.

The next programme will be:

Beasts
5 & 12 October 2017
Matthew Paines (guitar & vocals)
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Some ghosts of Poetry & Jazz past:

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
Coming…

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
programme (lost)…

Autumn 2001
4, 10, 17, 24 & 31 October 2001
Walter Wolff on piano
programme (lost)…

Spring 2001
Coming…