May 12 - May 12
March 9 - March 9
VARUJAN VOSGANIAN: "The Book of Whisper
March 17 - February 28
BRANCUSI at the Guggenheim Museum
February 22 - February 24
Nomadaptation by Daniel Djamo
February 22 - February 23
BRANCUSI: A Lesson on the Infinite
January 5 - January 5
Romanian Literature as World Literature
December 21 - December 21
Romanian Christmas Traditions at RCINY
December 8 - December 20
Human Rights for Everyone
Elena Mindru Quartet in New York

February 24, 9 PM @ Lantern Hall

52 Harrison Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11237

February 25, 6 PM @ Rockwood Music Hall

196 Allen St, New York, NY 10002


Elena Mindru, vocals (RO)

Tuomas J. Turunen, piano (FIN)

Kaisa Mäensivu, bass (FIN)

Joe Peri, drums (US)

feat. Olli Hirvonen, guitar (FIN)

February 24, 9 PM @ Lantern Hall

52 Harrison Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11237

February 25, 6 PM @ Rockwood Music Hall

196 Allen St, New York, NY 10002


ELENA MINDRU is part of the upcoming young jazz musicians generation. Romanian of origin, she lives in Finland, currently a doctoral student within the Sibelius Academy’s Jazz Department in Helsinki.

Along her career, she has been receiving many awards in jazz festivals and competitions around Europe, but the most important experience was in July 2012, in Switzerland, where she was awarded the 2nd Prize and the Public Prize by a jury presided by the great Quincy Jones, at the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition.

Elena has been performing over 400 concerts around the world, including venues in the US (New York), France (Paris), Holland (Rotterdam, Amsterdam), Denmark (Århus, Aalborg), Sweden (Stockholm), Estonia (Tallinn), Finland and Romania. The jazz singer graduated her masters in jazz from the Royal Academy of Music in Århus, Denmark as a Nordic Master of Jazz student. She has been active as a jazz singer for more than 13 years now, as well as a vocal coach for more than 7 years.

Elena Mindru has released three jazz albums as a bandleader, through her own label EM Records. She has performed as a jazz vocal soloist with the European Jazz Orchestra, the Transilvania Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Air Forces Big Band and many other significant bands in Europe.

Elena Mindru is also a trained composer, having graduated her bachelor studies in composition. She writes most of her music, including pieces for symphony orchestra, big band, string quartets and many other constellations.

TUOMAS JUHANI TURUNEN is a pianist and composer from Helsinki. Turunen begun his studies at the renowed Sibelius Academy jazz department at 2005, where he has been taught by Jarmo Savolainen, Jukkis Uotila, Jim Beard and Seppo Kantonen among others. Recently he has been working as an active freelance pianist in various ensembles ranging from solo piano to small ensembles and big band performing in Finland and other countries in Europe. He has also composed and arranged music for big band and small combos. His most active bands include Elena & The Rom Ensemble, Fifth Avenue, AiliIkonen Tribute to Ella, Anna Inginmaa & Tuomas J. Turunen duo and The Finnish Airforce Big Band.

KAISA MÄENSIVU is a Finnish double bass player and composer. She is currently based in New York to finish her Master's degree at the highly acclaimed Manhattan School of Music in the guidance of teachers and professors such as Dave Liebman, John Riley and Jay Anderson. Previously she has been studying at the prestigious Sibelius-Academy jazz department with professors Jukkis Uotila and Ville Herrala. In 2014-2015, Kaisa attended Manhattan School of Music as an exchange student.

In Finland, Kaisa is busy working and freelancing in the Finnish jazz scene. She plays with a variety of groups, i.e. Adele Sauros Quartet, Sointi Jazz Orchestra and her own group Kaisa's Machine.

Jazz drummer JOE PERI is known as a “musical chameleon” by his peers and his experience runs the gambit of styles and contexts. Joe was born in 1991 in Bergen County, New Jersey. He started playing the piano at age 6 and began playing percussion at age 9 in his elementary school. His school music instructors noticed his competence and enthusiasm right away and pushed him to play in various and more advanced ensembles and to study privately with the established percussion teacher Gary Fink. In high school, Joe became more interested in playing the drum set, and he studied with such drummers as Robert Kaufman, Dion Parsons, Rich Thompson, and Richard Huntley. After one year in the Pre College division at the Manhattan School of Music in his last year of high school, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in 2013 and his master’s degree in 2015 both from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with John Riley, Justin DiCioccio, and Rogerio Boccato. Since graduation, Joe works as a freelance drummer living in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan performing in a wide range of venues all around his home base of New York City, the rest of the United States, and Europe with various ensembles and projects. In September of 2016, Joe joined the Jazz faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege where he teaches private drum set lessons.

OLLI HIRVONEN is a Finnish guitarist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Fluent in various styles from jazz to rock to more experimental sounds, he has formed a highly unique style combining these different influences. As the winner of the 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, Hirvonen is definitely one of the most accomplished Nordic musicians of his generation.

In August 2011 he relocated to New York City to pursue his Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where he had a chance to study with such jazz luminaries as Rodney Jones, Dave Liebman, Jim McNeely, John Riley and Phil Markowitz. His curriculum there also included composing classical and electro-acoustic music. He graduated in the spring of 2013.

After finishing school Hirvonen started to work full time as a freelancer in the NYC scene, playing as a sideman as many as eight gigs a week in various configurations from solo to big band, while simultaneously starting to build a presence as a leader in his own right. He released his debut album Detachment in 2014, and the same year toured the US as the Performer of the Year of the Finlandia Foundation, which allowed him to perform solo and trio concerts around the country.

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