Finland’s best-known jazz musician became a household name for his work with the Trio Töykeät jazz band, which he founded. This ensemble pursued a successful career after winning a Belgian jazz competition in 1988.
An award-winning and widely acclaimed artist, Iiro Rantala has performed with numerous orchestras and ensembles, and has composed music for television, films, musicals and dance productions.
He also taught at the Ebeli Music School in 1997-1999, at the Sibelius Academy in 2005-2006, and at the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory in 2010. Rantala has served as Artistic Director of the Sipoo Kalkkijazz Festival since 1994, the Dubrovnik Jazz Club in 2005-2006, and the Kapsäkki Jazz Piano Festival since 2011.
Words and Melodies
A pyrotechnical display of music and lyrics about love, passion and life. The unique Words & Melodies package of Iiro Rantala and Lotta Kuusisto emerged during the COVID-19 quarantine in the home of this artist couple. The performance brings together words and melodies alternately at a rapid pace, evoking a wide variety of moods with feelings of a life lived,