Eldad Tarmu, vibraphone
Phil Sirois, bass
with special guest from Finland, Jarno Kukkonen, guitar
"Jarno Kukkonen (born 1964) is a Finnish jazz guitarist, composer, arranger and educator. Since his first radio recordings at the age of fifteen in 1980, Kukkonen has performed with several top names on the jazz field, including Ron McClure, Andy Middleton, Madeline Eastman, Eero Koivistoinen and UMO Jazz Orchestra, to name a few. Kukkonen has released 5 albums as a leader, the latest entitled D-isco, with his current group, D-Booster, in 2013. In addition to his small ensemble works, Kukkonen has composed and arranged songs, music for big band, music for dance performance and music for video. Several of his big band works have been recorded. In addition to his artistic activities, Kukkonen currently works as a teacher of jazz composition, arranging and jazz harmony at Sibelius Academy, the prestigious music department at University of the Arts, in Helsinki, Finland. He holds a degree of Doctor of Music from the aforementioned institute."