JURY

SIRJE MEDELL

Member of the jury

IVI RAUSI

Member of the jury

JERE LAUKKANEN

Member of the jury

Sirje Medell is a vocal pedagogue and vocal therapist. Works for Estonian Music and Music In the Department of Performing Arts of the Theater Academy as a song lecturer, he also collaborates with the jazz music department. Open School music teacher, children's and boys' choir conductor. Has conducted master classes in Estonia and abroad. Sings contemporary improvisational music in the vocal ensemble ImproVox.

Ivi Rausi is a jazz-singer, improviser, songwriter, arranger, music teacher and vocal coach. She has graduated Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre for three times (music teaching, traditional music, and contemporary improvisation). She has also taken part in different jazz and free impro master classes all over the Europe.

Ivi Rausi likes to experiment and think ‘out of a box'. She believes that every singer and every voice is unique. It is important to find your ‘own song, own style’.

She has published six musical albums.

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Jere Laukkanen works as Senior Lecturer at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Department of Music, teaching composition, arranging, ear-training, music theory, songwriting, and orchestras/ensembles. He was the Head of the Music Department in 2008-2016 and is now the Lecturer in Charge of the Music Writing and Production Major.

Laukkanen is a much sought-after arranger, composer and conductor, and has written for all major Finnish television channels and numerous orchestras, including European Jazz Orchestra, UMO Jazz Orchestra, Vantaa Pops Orchestra, and Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Besides his own band, Jere Laukkanen Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, for which he is the sole composer and arranger, he has conducted jazz orchestras like the European Jazz Orchestra (multinational), UMO Jazz Orchestra (Finland), Berklee Jazz Composers’ Big Band (USA), Radio Romania Big Band, Big Band Conservatori del Liceu (Spain), and Estonian Dream Big Band, to name a few.