Contact:
Vapaat äänet – Charles Gil
Veturitie 3 H 63 , 00240 Helsinki – Finland

Mobile phone: +358 50 5716 516
charlesgil22 @ gmail.com

Vapaat äänet (Free Voices, Free Sounds)

Program of tours in the Baltic-Nordic area in 2018:

  • Les Voyageurs de l’Espace (The Space Travellers): Claudia Solal, Didier Petit, Philippe Foch > 7 concerts in Estonia and Latvia from March 4th till 11th
  • Vapaat äänet tour 2018: Verneri Pohjola & Mika Kallio + Les Voyageurs de l’Espace  > Finland: March 13th to 20th, 7 concerts as a common bill / March 3rd to March 11th, 7 concerts of Pohjola & Kallio
  • Benoît Delbecq 3 > April 13th to 29th: Finland:  9 concerts / Estonia and Latvia: 6 concerts
  • Quatuor Machaut / Jazz Migration > from September 23rd till October 4th > 7 concerts in Finland > 5 in Estonia and Latvia
  • Vincent Courtois West solo > from October 14th to 21st > 7 concerts in Estonia and Latvia
  • Vincent Courtois Bandes Originales > from October 22nd to November 2nd > 11 concerts in Finland, Estonia and Latvia

Other French bands will be involved in festivals and shorter tours in the Baltic-Nordic area in 2018:

  • Régis Huby Equal Crossing with Marc Ducret, Bruno Angelini, Michele Rabbia: Baltic Countries May 23rd-25th / Kerava Jazz (Finland) on May Nattjazz 26th / Bergen (Norway) on May 27th
  • Papanosh @ Jazz on the Beach, Raahe (Finland) on July 28th 2018
  • Ping Machine / October 2018 / tbc
  • Ikui Doki / November 5th to 11th 2018 / Finland, Jazz Migration export

Finnish bands and artists on the road in 2018

  • Raoul Björkenheim TRIAD @ Trondheim Jazz Festival on May 10th
  • GOURMET @ Chinon en Jazz (France) on June 2nd-3rd
  • Aki Rissanen trio on a French tour / November 8th to 18th

 Jazz and improvised music since 1996

Charles Gil (b. 1964) is a producer who coordinates and manages concert tours, specializing in innovative and adventurous jazz music. After his removal from his native France to Finland, Gil founded the agency Vapaat äänet (Free Voices / Free Sounds) in Helsinki in 1996, to promote the exchange of jazz music between France, Finland and the Baltic countries.

Vapaat äänet came quickly to stand for originality and high quality, and for more than twenty years the tours co-produced by Gil with the Finnish Jazz Federation have given a recurring lift to the Finnish jazz scene. Vapaat äänet has brought a great number of French artists on tour to Finland, Scandinavia and the Baltic Countries. The astonishing number of one thousand concerts was topped in 2012. In turn, the agency has exported Finnish jazz to France and other countries on the European continent.

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