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- Mopo are already a force on Helsinki’s vibrant jazz scene and are making inroads into the international scene. Coming on like a cross between the madcap experimentalism of Matthew Bourne and the ferocious heads down improv of post-free groups like Led Bib, Mopo play punk jazz like they mean it. And in Linda Fredriksson they have a new star in the sax firmament – a slight figure with a big sound; she’ll be making waves for years to come.
Founded in a club in Helsinki’s industrial Vallila quarter Mopo are Linda Fredriksson (sax), Eero Tikkanen (double bass) and Eeti Nieminen (drums) – a group of friends who’s close relationships allow the high levels of musical understanding (and the occasional tensions leading to fights “where instruments are frequently being thrown at fellow band members”). Raw energy and excitement marked their early gigs and enabled the band to quickly develop a following.
It seems that there’s always a surprise around the corner with Mopo, and the evolution of musical dynamics is always high on the trio’s agenda. The band themselves offer the best summary of their sound: “Mopo is a combination of humour, speed, melacholy, darkness, pranks and anarchy”.
Tracks from the album have received airplay on BBC Radio 3 Jazz on 3.
PR by Edition PR
Linda Fredriksson - saxophones, glockenspiel & jingles.
Eero Tikkanen - double bass & referee whistle.
Eeti Nieminen - drums, cowbell & flute.
- 1 CD
release date. 2013-04-29