The receiver of this year’s Pori Jazz Ted Curson award is pianist, harpist and composer Iro Haarla. The New Talent award goes to bassist Kaisa Mäensivu.
Iro Haarla, 61, is a seasoned Jazz musician who became known in the late 1970s for working side by side with her fiancé, percussionist Edward Vesala. Later in her career she released several praised solo pieces and collaborated with the best Norwegian musicians. The Finnish Jazz Association awarded Haarla with the Yrjö prize in 2006
Ted Curson Award is awarded annually by Pori Jazz Festival to an exceptional artist. In addition to the Award, Pori Jazz funds one artistic project agreed with the artist.
This years New Talent award goes to bassist Kaisa Mäensivu, 28, who’s one of tomorrow’s great Finnish Jazz artists. Mäensivu who studied Jazz at Sibelius Academy did her student exchange in New York where she later moved. Mäensivu will be playing with her ensemble Kaisa’s Machine on Saturday 21st at this years Pori Jazz.