Kokko Quartet is a Helsinki-based jazz ensemble, established in 2010. The group plays recognizably Scandinavian jazz but draws influences from Indian and Arabic music as well as Cuban rhythms, thus creating a distinctive overall sound. The ensemble’s music carries multiple references to Nordic lyricism, and its melodies display both an airy quality and a distinct depth. The band members share an interest in free expression, jazz and world music. Intuitively, they move through the music with a spirit of great freedom in their interplay. Kokko Quartet has released three albums, Like a River (2013), Orient Express (2016) and Broken Dream (2022).
Kaisa Siirala, saxophones and flutes
Johanna Pitkänen, piano and keys
Timo Tuppurainen, bass
Risto Takala, drums
The Kokko is a mythical bird from the myths of Finland. The word Kokko in ancient Finnish language means 'eagle' and is used to refer to the bonfires that are lit on summer nights to repel evil spirits
Deep, mystic and exciting!
-Patrick Španko, Orient Express album review