1' in 2000. Around that time Iivanainen also became recognized by a couple of local jazz veterans, most notably trumpeter/composer Otto Donner. He invited the singer to tour with his band Free For All, which then resulted in the live album 'Otto Donner Free For All' in 2000. Three years later came the disc which could even be called a minor breakthrough album: 'Suomalainen' by Johanna Iivanainen ja Eero Koivistoisen Yhtye, i.e Johanna Iivanainen and Eero Koivistoinen's Group. This vocal album consisted of an interesting choice of Finnish material from pop to poetry, and went on to garner a respectable amount of critical acclaim. These accolades aside, Iivanainen has collaborated with the likes of the Perko-Pyysalo Poppoo, the UMO Jazz Orchestra and the Antti Sarpila Swing Band.
Nowadays she not only records and performs with a number of different groups, but also teaches at the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory. In addition to the more jazzier endeavours, Johanna Iivanainen can be found singing pop tunes or bossa nova evergreens in groups such as the Korpi Ensemble and 1N. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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