Etno-Espa 15 ❤ Jazz-Espa 20 at Café Engel courtyard
Etno-Espa is not the only Espa Stage event which celebrates its anniversary this year. The Jazz-Espa event, organised with a similar concept but presenting jazz music, had already been going for five years when Etno-Espa first began. The two events, now 20 and 15 years old respectively, will throw a double anniversary bash at the Café Engel courtyard on the weekend between the two events. The party will feature the ensemble MA Rouf, led by the Iranian-born Marouf Majidi, tying the musical themes of the two festivals neatly together in a most danceable fashion.
MA Rouf is the latest collaboration between Finnish-Iranian Marouf Majidi and three Finnish jazz professionals. The ensemble’s music oozes Scandinavian jazz moods, spiced with Middle-Eastern rhythms. The ensemble’s debut album The People was released in early 2019.
Marouf Majidi – vocals, tanbour, tar
Jouni Järvelä – saxophones, clarinets, flute, piano, synthesizer
Mikko Hassinen – drums, percussions
Jukka Haavisto – bass