Kirsi HarjuNetherlands Amsterdam
Kirsi-Marja “Kiki” Harju is a Finnish trumpet player, singer, bandleader and composer based in Amsterdam. “I didn’t choose the trumpet, the trumpet chose me,” she recalls. “I wanted to play everything else, particularly violin, but as a kid I was put into the wind department and given a pocket trumpet.” Soon she found she could play beautiful melodies and started to fall in love with music and the instrument. She also sang. “My friends said I was too loud but I loved it. I was in choirs and vocal groups at school. Later I heard Chet Baker and realised I could combine the two.”
Harju has studied music both in Finland and in The Netherlands, and lastly she graduated from the jazz department of Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2019. She has worked with a wide range of different kinds of groups and music styles, from orchestras and big bands to duos and pop-groups, performing in different kinds of venues and festivals around Europe, most memorably Oslo Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz, St.Petersburg Filharmonic Hall, De Doelen and a Dutch TV show “De Wereld Draait Door”. Currently she writes music, gives lessons, performs and leads her group KAMA Kollektiv. In 2019 Harju produced and released the band’s first album “KOTI” (which means “home” in Finnish) and in June 2021 the group’s 2nd album “TOIVO” (meaning “hope” in Finnish) was released on a German label BERTHOLD records. KAMA Kollektiv has toured excessively in The Netherlands, Germany and Finland, and in May 2021 they also had the honour to play a showcase-concert at the jazzahead! conference in Bremen. She is also involved in other original, aspiring groups like Kurkuma (led by Irene Sorozabal), Puntjudith and Barmy57.