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Five years in development, Helsinki's Ilmiliekki have managed a musical alchemy, projecting the maturity of musicians many years their senior, yet retaining a distinctive modern complexion that reflects their own epoch.

Classy writing and confident playing, especially from their virtuosic trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, has combined with the palpable group dynamic of pianist Tuomo Prättälä, bassist Antti Lötjönen and drummer Olavi Louhivuori to create one of the most striking young quartets in Europe today.

Referencing many points on the creative compass, from Kenny Wheeler to Radiohead, the band has already garnered major acclaim in Finland, including winning the prestigious Teosto Composers Prize, among the first jazz groups to be honoured so. The rest of Europe cant be far behind.

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