Ismo Haavisto is a professional blues musician from Lahti, Finland. He is known as a great singer, harpist and guitar player. He made a start of playing blues as a teenager and now-a-days he's on the top of the scene in Finland. In this year it's been 30 years since he played his first blues gig and Ismo will celebrate it with "The First 30 Years Of Blues" -jubilee concerts. (check the gigs page)
Ismo Haavisto is in the new Aki Kaurismäki movie with his own song. The premiere was 3.2.2017
IBC 2013 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Ismo Haavisto represented Finland at the International Blues Challenge.
EBC 2012 Berlin, Germany
Ismo Haavisto represented Finland at the European Blues Challenge.
Ismo has recorded seven albums. The latest one: Fire Breath (to buy CD, click here) released with Lahti Big Band in September 201
Ismo Haavisto One Man Band is the hardest working ensemble - it works as well in living room as at festival. Haavisto plays guitar, slide, harmonica and sings of course. Stompbox and foot tambourine gives a solid beat. This is something unique that you must see and hear!
Ismo Haavisto Trio is quite a new ensemble. Ismo wanted to make a new repertoire and changed his band from a quartet to a trio. There’s the great Ville Vallila on bass and the mighty Mikko Järvinen on drums. Haavisto sings and plays guitars, slide and harmonica. The set list is composed of two section. First you hear semi-acoustic Blues and the second part is electric Rhythm’n’blues.
Ismo started co-operation with Lahti Big Band in 2011. The first concert with this 20-person-band was in May 2012 at Lahden Jazztori-festival. All the song are written by Ismo and arrangements are made by Erno Tiittanen. Erno is also the conductor of the band. The band has played at big festivals in Finland like Imatra Big Band Festival and Kotkan meripäivät.