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Selma Savolainen

vocalist and composer



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.


'Horror Vacui' is a set of songs composed and arranged specifically for this sextet, exploring the fear of emptiness, renunciation and sudden discoveries. "By creating space for every musician's voice, we hope to find a place where loneliness does not exist," Savolainen says.


Savolainen is an alumnus of the Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program and the Banff International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music. She was selected to participate in the Collaborative Creative Residency at the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund by Composers Now, an organization led by Tania Leon. She has graduated from the Sibelius Academy and studied at the Conservatory of Paris.


Savolainen tours frequently with the bands Selma Juudit Alessandra, Signe, Mikko Sarvanne Garden and Mikko Innasen Uusi Kvintetti. Her virtuosic yet emotive singing has been heard in EFG London Jazz Festival, Apollo Theater, Getxo Jazz Festival and We Jazz Festival i.a.  Her compositions for Signe were nominated for the Teosto award in 2020 and she has worked as an artistic producer and arranger on the albums and concerts of the folk music duo Akkajee and Pykäri and Karina, the Finnish indie pop acts.



”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





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Press Photos



11/07/2024   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui       Musiikkitalon terassi, Helsinki

12/07/2024   Signe                               Pori Jazz

18/07/2024   Selma Savolainen in the shade       Pori Jazz

29/07/2024   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui       Jazz-Espa, Helsinki 

04/08/2024   Signe                               Kokonainen-festivaali, Janakkala
11/08/2024   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui       Flow Festival, Helsinki 

14/09/2024   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui       (TBA)

26/09/2024   Mikko Innanen+EBB+Selma Savolainen  Louhisali, Espoo

27/09/2024   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui       12 Points, G livelab Tampere


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13/06/2024   Eläköön Hietsu is Happening!             Hietsun Paviljonki, Helsinki

17/05/2024   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                    Temppeliaukion kirkko, Helsinki

15/05/2024   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                    Rio, Oulu

14/05/2024   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                    Koutasali, Kajaani

12/05/2024   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                    Topeliussali, Sipoo

11/05/2024   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                    Logomo, Turku

10/05/2024   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                    Vanha123, Porvoo

08/05/2024   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                    Näyttämö, Joensuu

24/04/2024   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui            April Jazz, Espoo

21/04/2024   Bracelets                                Michelberger, Berlin

19/04/2024   Bracelets                                Sputnik, Paderborn

18/04/2024   Bracelets                                Teilchen & Beschleunige, Münster

17/04/2024   Bracelets                                Galerie Hunold, Greven

09/04/2024   Hana                                     Tenho Restobar, Helsinki

05/04/2024   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui            Tallinn Music Week, Estonia

06/03/2024   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui             Turku Jazz Festival

14/02/2024   Valentine's Day Jazz                      Hotel AX, Helsinki

08/02/2024   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui             Malmitalo, Helsinki

31/01/2024   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui             Sellosali, Espoo

21/01/2024   Talven uneen vaipuen w/ Signe             Saksalainen kirkko, Helsinki            07/12/2023   Selma Savolainen/Arto Ikävalko/ 

             Joonas Tuuri/Ville Luukkonen              Manala Afterwork Jazz, Helsinki

02/12/2023   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                     Amos Anderson Hem, Helsinki

27/10/2023   Hana meets EAT THE FROG                   Münsterland Festival, Germany 

10/10/2023   Signe                                     G Livelab, Tampere

08/10/2023   Signe                                     Tenho Restobar, Helsinki

06/10/2023   Signe                                     EMMA, April Jazz Club

29/09/2023   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui             Porvoo Jazz Festival

30/08/2023   Signe                                     Kerava Jazz

11/08/2023   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                     Flow Festival, Helsinki

03/08/2023   Mikko Innasen uusi kvintetti              Jazz-Espa, Helsinki

31/07/2023   Signe                                     Jazz-Espa, Helsinki

29/07/2023   Selman ja Bunuelin Luxus-orkesteri        Raahen Rantajatsit

28/07/2023   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui             Raahen Rantajatsit

16/07/2023   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                     Mitäs Mitäs Mitäs, Urjala

14/06/2023   Signe                                     Validi Karkia, Pori

29/05/2023   Signe                                     JaZZanti, Helsinki

24/05/2023   Imaginary Ladies                          Cité International Des Arts, Paris

03/05/2023   with Aki Rissanen & Steven Kamperman      Cité International Des Arts, Paris

18/04/2023   Crystal sound project                     Conservatoire Maurice Ravel, Paris

31/03/2023   Signe feat. Mila Laine                    Flame Jazz, Turku

21/02/2023   Moon On Fire                              JaZZanti — Oodi-library, Helsinki

18/02/2023   Moon On Fire                              Jazz For Kids, Espoo

09/01/2023   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                     Ääniwalli, Helsinki

08/01/2023   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                     Kalevan Navetta, Seinäjoki

04/12/2022   Selma Savolainen & Jyväskylä Big Band     Siltasali, Jyväskylä

02/12/2022   Mikko Sarvanne Garden                     EMMA, Espoo

04/11/2022   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui             Telakka, Tampere Jazz Happening 

27/10/2022   Tölöläb                                   Kalliosali, Helsinki

06/10/2022   Archipélagos                              JAZZMI Milano, Italy

03/09/2022   Mikko Innasen Uusi Kvintetti              Loviisan Sibeliuspäivät, Loviisa

12/08/2022   Signe                                     Tuusulan taiteiden yö, Tuusula

09/08/2022   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui             Kesän nuoret taiteilijat, Helsinki

05/08/2022   Selma ja Eero                             Kuusiluoto, Helsinki

23/07/2022   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui             Korpo Sea Jazz

23/07/2022   Portside Jazz                             Korpo Sea Jazz

22/07/2022   Selma ja Eero                             Korpo Sea Jazz

21/07/2022   Signe                                     Runosaari, Naantali

20/07/2022   Signe                                     Kirkkopuiston terassi, Turku

14/07/2022   Selma Savolainen Horror Vacui             Poriljonki, Pori Jazz

01/07/2022   Archipélagos                              Bermeo Jazz Festival, Spain

29/06/2022   Archipélagos                              Getxo Jazz Festival, Spain

04/06/2022   Selma Juudit Alessandra                   Hard Rock House, Helsinki

28/05/2022   Crystal sound project                     Sofia Live Club, Bulgaria

26/04/2022   Signe                                     Kivi, Tampere

21/04/2022   Signe                                     Vaba Lava, Tallinn 

07/12/2021   Horror Vacui                              Ravintola Laulumiehet, Helsinki

03/12/2021   Selma Juudit Alessandra                   WeeGee, Espoo

02/12/2021   Selma Juudit Alessandra                   Ravintola Poppari, Jyväskylä

01/12/2021   Selma Juudit Alessandra                   Kulttuurikellari, Savonlinna

30/11/2021   Selma Juudit Alessandra                   Hygge Bro, Kuopio

29/11/2021   Selma Juudit Alessandra                   Kiteesali, Kitee

19/11/2021   Signe (a l b u m  r e l e a s e)          Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Helsinki

11/11/2021   Selma Juudit Alessandra                   Raahesali, Raahe

10/11/2021   Selma Juudit Alessandra                   Voimala 1889, Oulu

09/11/2021   Selma Juudit Alessandra                   Kerubin sali, Joensuu

08/11/2021   Selma Juudit Alessandra                   Kulttuuritalo Marita, Outokumpu

05/08/2021   Signe                                     Elojazz, Oulu

31/07/2021   Elifantree with friends                   Raahen rantajatsit, Raahe

31/07/2021   Eero Tikkanen & Selma Savolainen          Raahen rantajatsit, Raahe

30/07/2021   Signe                                     Raahen rantajatsit, Raahe

05/02/2021   Mikko Innanen F60.8 +                     Musica Nova Helsinki

             Selma Savolainen&Juha Rautio

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

21/10/2020   Signe                                     Louhisali, VocalEspoo, Espoo

13/10/2020   MINE                                      Malmitalo, Helsinki

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


Bookings and other inquiries


+358-40 160 28 98

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