Tuomo J. Autio
As a performing guitarist Tuomo J. Autio has made a many-sided and remarkable career, and has performed in addition to Finland, also in Scandinavia, around Europe, and in the USA.
He has studied at Sibelius Akatemia and Copenhagen Rytmik conservatory. Later on, he has worked as pedagogue and lecturer at various institutions. He has played soloist with his own group (ZEKOSTO, which he founded in 1990) at various notable Finnish festivals.
The Great Helsinki Swing Big Band
The Great Helsinki Swing Big Band was founded in 2005 in order to perform the fantastic swing music of 30's and 40's with professional skill. Since then, the style of the orchestra has broadened to encompass more varied programme, as Groovy Moments and Melodies album proves. The concerts have been immensely popular, and GHSBB won the Finnish Big Band Championship in 2010. The orchestra is led by conductor Antti Rissanen.
"By far the best band of the competition. Best sections, best solos, best group dynamics, best nuances. The varying repertoire emphasizes the ability to always adapt to the style in order to reach maximum performance. A solid package."
-Raimo Henriksson (chairman of the jury in Finnish Big Band competition, Imatra 2010)