Composer, pianist and harpist Iro Haarla has been one of the most prominent musicians of Finnish jazz scene ever since she started out in the late 70’s. In 2006 she received the highly esteemed Yrjö Award by Jazz Finland. Iro Haarla will debut her brand new band Iro Haarla Quartet at Pori Jazz this summer featuring new music. Quartet consists of her former collaborators bassist Ulf Krokfors and drummer Markku Ounaskari and a newcomer to the community saxophonist-flutist Jone Takamäki. The music is based on Haarla’s compositions creating a flexible base for free improvisation.