July 2015 - Performing in Tasmania, ACT, NSW, Queensland, Victoria


Panu Savolainen's HERD Trio is among the most potent of the new breed of forward-thinking jazz ensembles. The band gained domestic and international acclaim with their debut album “HERD Live!!”. In 2011, HERD was awarded the first prize at the “European Jazz Competition” at Holland’s North Sea Jazz Festival. Herd's no-nonsense swing is matched by canny songwriting, attention to detail and intense audience interaction. At the core of the HERD sound is the dynamic growth of the band’s compositions, which has been proven time and again at all major Finnish jazz festivals, including Pori Jazz with great success. Panu Savolainen was selected as the “Artist of the Year” by the Pori festival (2011). Trio participated in the Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition, recording for YLE’s Jazz Radio, and performed at the Grand Opening of the new Helsinki Music Centre, Finland's premier music performance centre.

Panu Savolainen - vibes, Mikko Pellinen - bass, Tuomas Timonen - drums
Panu Savolainen (solo popup: yes) - Herd Trio - Herd Trio with vocalist Ali Ikonen
Special guests for the Sydney concert:
Special guest for the Melbourne concert:

"HERD’s ability to yield magic from interaction is up to par with the best of the jazz trio tradition. They are more than the sum of their parts." - Jukka Hauru, Helsingin Sanomat

Photos: Olli Sulin and Ville Paul Paasimaa

Australian Concert Dates 2015

Thursday 23 July, Hobart: Conservatorium of Music UTAS - workshop/performance - enq: 03 6226 7381 -
Fri/Sat/Sun 24/25/26 July, Devonport: Devonport Jazz Festival - book:
Monday 27 July, Canberra: Embassy of Finland - 7.00 pm - book: - 02 6273 3800
Tuesday 28 July, Sydney: Conservatorium of Music - University of Sydney - workshop
Wednesday 29 July, Sydney: Venue 505, Surry Hills - 8.30 pm - special guests: Mike Nock/piano - Martha Marlow/vocals - book:
Thursday 30 July. Brisbane: Griffith University - workshop -
Friday 31 July, Brisbane: Brisbane Jazz Club - Kangaroo Point - 7.30 pm - book: - 07 3391 2006
Saturday 1 August, Melbourne: Paris Cat Jazz Club - 7.00 pm - special guest: Michelle Nicolle/vocals - book:
Sunday 2 August, Daylesford: Sun 2 August - 3.00 pm - Bromley&Co Art Gallery Warehouse - special guest: Jenni Brennan/vocals - book: