Estimated duration

1 h 15 min.


Helsingin Musiikkitalo Oy

Selma Savolainen, winner of the 2024 Jazz Emma award, brings her band Horror Vacui to Musiikkitalo summer terrace.

Selma Savolainen is a vocalist and composer based in Helsinki, who effortlessly combines Finnish folk sounds with jazz and alt singer-songwriter styles. Recently awarded with the Rising Talent Prize at the Pori Jazz Festival, she has been praised by the Helsingin Sanomat as a singer who is taking Finnish vocal jazz to new heights.

Her debut solo album ‘Horror Vacui,’ released by the renowned Whirlwind Recordings in May 2023, received the Emma Award, Finland’s equivalent of the Grammy, for the best jazz album of the year in 2024. The album features some of the most sought-after musicians on the Finnish jazz scene – Max Zenger on clarinets, Tomi Nikku on trumpet, Toomas Keski-Säntti on piano, Eero Tikkanen on double bass and Okko Saastamoinen on drums.


Free concerts are held at Musiikkitalo’s terrace on summer afternoons from Wednesday to Saturday, May 29th to Aug 3rd.

The concerts feature talented musicians from the Sibelius Academy of the University of Arts Helsinki, as well as concerts presented by HelsinkiMissio, Organ Night & Aria and World Music Centre. The genres and music vary daily: mostly classical or folk music on Wednesdays, jazz on Fridays and pop on Saturdays.