Selma Savolainen

vocalist and composer


Selma Savolainen (b.1993) is an aspiring vocalist and composer hailing from Helsinki, Finland. She grew up as an only child in artistically devoted family which has encouraged her to approach music making with an open mind and curiosity. Even though her musical roots lay in jazz, diverse influences from other genres can be heard in her singing and writing.

Savolainen is an alumni of the Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program and the Banff International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music. She has studied at the Sibelius Academy and the Conservatory of Paris.


”With her unpretentious voice, Savolainen opens her soul As naturally as her Front Door."
- Katri Kallionpää HS/Jazzkeittiö, 22.1.2018

”Preparing her debut album, Savolainen is about to come forth as a fearless music maker.”

- Pentti Ronkanen KSML, 25.7.2018

”There is an astonishing boldness in her lyrics and in the way she performs, a new kind of female perspective, which reminds of Chris Kraus.”

- Katri Kallionpää HS/Jazzkeittiö, 25.1.2019



Selma Juudit Alessandra

Selma Juudit Alessandra’s music drifts somewhere between avant-pop, indie jazz and 70’s car chase rock. Analogue synths and hazy vocals are interrupted either by band’s naughty interplay or singer-songwriter like storytelling often tinted with ambiguities - might make you think of the likes of Kate Bush, Julia Holter or even Weather Report.

Selma Savolainen - vocals, keyboards

Artturi Rönkä - piano, keyboards

Joonas Tuuri - double bass, electric bass

Jesse Ojajärvi - drums


Nordic melancholy, cold summer days and

dark winters.

MINE is currently working on their debut album.

Selma Savolainen - vocals

Toomas Keski-Säntti - piano

Eero Tikkanen - bass

Sami Nummela - drums


Signe (or Sighne) is an old Scandinavian word meaning a woman triumphant. The same or similar word in other languages means ‘sign’, a reference to the improvisation incorporated in the band’s music, taking traditional jazz expression in new directions through the unusual lineup of three women vocalists and double bass.


Signe's debut album "To Sappho" is nominated for Finnish Grammy in the "Jazz album of the year 2019" category.

Riikka Keränen - vocals
Selma Savolainen - vocals
Josefiina Vannesluoma - vocals
Kaisa Mäensivu - double bass

cRYstal Sound Project


Crystal Sound Project combines sculpture and music. The works in porcelain are objects with different capacities of specific sound resonance which is obtained by using various metal oxydes. During the last two years a variety of instruments was created, some of which are percussive, others are with strings, each wearing it's own name - stringbone, buirocordes, tchancelaines, chênecelaine, singing drum.

Crystal Sound Project released their debut album in March 2018.

Viktor Benev - percussions and music

Bilyana Furnadzhieva - art work

Selma Savolainen - vocals




13/10/2020   MINE                                  @Malmitalo, Helsinki

21/10/2020   Signe                                 @Louhisali, VocalEspoo, Espoo

30/10/2020   Selma Juudit Alessandra               @Telakka, Tampere Jazz Happening, Tampere

07/11/2020   Selma Juudit Alessandra               @Voodoo Music Fest, Helsinki

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09/10/2020   Selma Juudit Alessandra               @Bar Ö, Turku

26/09/2020   Signe                                 @Porvoo Jazz Festival, Helsinki

19/09/2020   Sointi Jazz Orchestra 'Kapina'        @Kapsäkki, Helsinki

04/02/2020   Signe                                 @Glivelab, Tampere

03/02/2020   Selma Savolainen & Arttu Takalo duo   @Koko Jazz Club, Helsinki

30/01/2020   Signe + Selma Juudit Alessandra       @Sibafest, Helsinki

28/01/2020   Garden                                @Sibafest, Helsinki

26/01/2020   Selma Juudit Alessandra               @Tenho, Helsinki

17/01/2020   Lesley Mok Quartet                    @Scholes Street Studio, Brooklyn

07/12/2019   Selma Juudit Alessandra(album release)@Korjaamo, Helsinki

19/11/2019   w/ Tölöläb                            @Sattuma-klubi, Helsinki

03/11/2019   MINE                                  @Taidekoti Kirpilä, Helsinki

02/11/2019   Signe                                 @Voodoo Music Club, Helsinki

20/10/2019   Signe                                 @Tenho, Helsinki

19/10/2019   Signe                                 @Vocal Art Frankfurt, Germany

16/10/2019   Signe                                 @Juttutupa, Helsinki

06/10/2019   Selma Juudit Alessandra               @the Superwood Festival, Helsinki

04/10/2019   Signe                                 @DIG. Festival, Helsinki

28/08/2019   Karina                                @Helsingin juhlaviikot, Huvila-teltta

02/08/2019   MINE                                  @Jazz-Espa, Helsinki 12.00

27/07/2019   MINE                                  @Raahen rantajatsit, Raahe

20/07/2019   MINE                                  @Pori Jazz, Pori

12/07/2019   Signe                                 @Volter Kilpi Kustavissa, Kustavi

11/07/2019   Signe                                 @Pyhän Laurin kirkko, Vantaa

14/06/2019   Signe                                 @Juuka jatsaa, Juuka 19.00

08/06/2019   Signe                                 @Feel Helsinki, Musiikkitalo 19.00

05/06/2019   w/ Tölöläb                            @Lauttasaaren kartano, Helsinki

12/04/2019   Crystal Sound Project                 @Cité des Arts, Paris

24/03/2019   Signe                                 @Taidekoti Kirpilä, Helsinki

22/03/2019   Signe                                 @Café Tiljan, Turku

21/03/2019   Signe                                 @Bar Bizarre, Salo

20/03/2019   Signe                                 @Ravintola Taro, Ylistaro
18/03/2019   Signe                                 @Kulttuurikellari, Savonlinna

17/03/2019   Signe                                 @Oulun Musiikkijuhlat, Oulun taidemuseo

16/03/2019   Signe                                 @Oulun Musiikkijuhlat, Kasvitieteellinen puutarha

15/03/2019   Signe                                 @Ravintola Raatihuone, Iisalmi

14/03/2019   Signe                                 @Koko Jazz Club, Helsinki

22/01/2019   MINE                                  @jaZZanti, Ravintola Laulumiehet, Helsinki

20/12/2018   Signe                                 @Jazz Jkl, Jyväskylä

25/11/2018   Signe                                 @Nordic Jazz Comets, Barbican Centre, London

26/10/2018   Toomas Keski-Säntti Quartet           @Flame Jazz, Bar Ö, Turku

24/10/2018   MINE                                  @Juttutupa, Helsinki

06/10/2018   Signe                                 @Jazzia Ilosaaressa, Joensuu TBA

05/10/2018   Signe                                 @Panurama-klubi, Lavaklubi, Helsinki

03/10/2018   Signe                                 @Validi Karkia-klubi, Pori TBA

22/09/2018   Signe trio                            @Sibeliusmuseum, Turku

26/08/2018   MINE                                  @Tenho, Helsinki

11/08/2018   NYKY Ensemble                         @Flow Festival, Helsinki

04/08/2018   Selma Savolainen Quartet              @Jazz-Espa, Helsinki

30/07/2018   Signe                                 @Jazz-Espa, Helsinki

24/07/2018   Selma Savolainen Quartet              @Summer Jazz Club, Poppari, Jyväskylä

27/06/2018   Musiikkivaellus Arboretumissa         @Kouvolan Musiikkijuhlat, Kouvola

28/06/2018   Tanssit vanhaan tyyliin!              @Kouvolan Musiikkijuhlat, Kouvola

29/04/2018   KUUMA x LIVE x Selma Savolainen       @KUUMA, Helsinki

15/04/2018   Signe                                 @Tenho, Helsinki

08/04/2018   Signe                                 @Vaasankatu, Helsinki

22/03/2018   Selma Savolainen Quartet              @Keep An Eye Jazz Award, Bimhuis, Amsterdam

11/03/2018   Selma Savolainen Quartet              @Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Helsinki

10/02/2018   Hana                                  @ATM, Helsinki


30/01/2018   Future of Jazz                        @Sibafest, Black Box, Helsinki

28/01/2018   Selma Savolainen Quartet              @Tenho, Helsinki

18/01/2018   MINE                                  @Vaasankatu, Helsinki

07/12/2017   Signe - EP release concert            @Hotel Fabian, We Jazz 2017, Helsinki

29/11/2017   Selma Savolainen Quartet              @Juttutupa, Helsinki

16/11/2017   Crystal Sound                         @Arondit, Paris

13/11/2017   AVBE                                  @Café de la Danse, Paris

10/09/2017   Selma Savolainen Trio                 @Tenho, Helsinki

17/8/2017    Signe                                 @Oslo Jazzfestival, Herr Nilsen

19/8/2017    Signe                                 @Oslo Jazzfestival, Sentralen

29/7/2017    w/Mikko Karjalainen, Timo Lassy,

             Henri Mäntylä, Joonas Tuuri &

             Severi Pyysalo                        @Korpo Sea Jazz Festival

28/7/2017    Selma Savolainen Trio                 @Korpo Sea Jazz Festival

18/7-23/7/2017 Signe kesäkiertue                   @Turun saaristo

02/7/2017    Toon's Jazz NGO                       @Westersin kartano, Kemiö

01/7/2017    Toon's Jazz NGO                       @Vildrosornas natt, Kalkholmen

26/5/2017    l'atelier de Benoît Delbecq           @Le Triton, Les Lilas

23/5/2017    Trio Lumières Tamisées                @Paniers à Jazz #5, Paris 

20/5/2017    Crystal Sound                         @Nuit des Musées, Musée de Minéralogie

28/3/2017    Crystal Sound Exposition              @Centre Culturel de Crous, Paris

14/2/2017    Trio Lumières Tamisées                @Cave du 38 Rivoli, Paris

1/12/2016    Les Conservatoires #3                 @Le Triton, Les Lilas

26/8/2016    Varsa                                 @Teurastamo, Helsinki

13/8/2016    NYKY Ensemble plays Reich             @Flow Festival, Helsinki

10/8/2016    Selma Savolainen Quartet              @Tenho, Helsinki



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