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Maja Mannila Trio

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Maja Mannila vocals, keyboards / Johannes Granroth bass / Severi Sorjonen drums  

Maja Mannila is an impressively talented young jazz-soul singer, pianist and composer from Helsinki, here making her mjf debut. Together with her band, she performs her own songs in English, in a style combining r’n’b, soul, jazz and gospel. The band’s electrifying energy and stage presence captivate audiences from the very first notes. 

Maja grew up in a musical family and has an impressive command of the piano, but at the same time she celebrates the importance of freedom and fun when creating and playing music. Maja’s talent has also been spotted by English drummer Richard Spaven and singer Anthony Strong, who have invited Maja to perform with them. The trio was selected to represent new Finnish jazz for the 2023 Nordic Jazz Comets showcase, and the band has also performed in Germany, Slovenia and Estonia.

The future looks bright as Mannila heads for international touring and recording, both with her ensemble and as solo artist. In 2023, she performed as soloist in her own material with the Kaunas Big Band in Lithuania, she’s a member of fast-rising ensemble Peela and in 2021-22 Maja played and sang in pianist Iiro Rantala’s new trio Flock, which toured throughout Central Europe. 

Maja’s debut album Up & Down (2022) was well-received by the media and her second album Seasons was released in November 2023. 

“The band, playfully combining new age soul with jazz, offers an international soundscape that would certainly appeal to those aforementioned youngsters.” 

“In a performance by a talented trio, the spotlight is on Mannila herself, whose deep and honeyed voice is one of the best to be found in this country. Mannila’s vocal delivery is natural and effortless, suveneer in its skill.” 

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Date: saturday 18 may

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:10 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

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