Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
HERD is a Finnish jazz trio that was formed in the beginning of 2009 and consists of Panu Savolainen (vibraphone), Mikko Pellinen (double bass) and Tuomas Timonen (drums) who all study at the Jazz Department of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. At the core of their sound are rhythmic diversity, the players' strong sense of mutual communication and genre-bending compositions.
HERD won the Best Group Award at the European Jazz Competition 2011. Finals were held at the North Sea Jazz festival. Group participated in the Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition in 2009 and was chosen to the final in Finland. HERD has performed at Finnish Jazz Federeration's tour in 2011 and for example as a house band at Pori Jazz 2010 festival. Abroad the group has performed in Norway, Estonia and Netherlands. HERD has also recorded a radio tape for YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company).