Kaisa Mäensivu is a Finnish jazz bassist and composer. She began playing bass at age 13 in Hämeenlinna, Finland, grew up in Helsinki, and moved to New York City to pursue her career in music in 2016. She has received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies both at the Manhattan School of Music and the Sibelius-Academy. In 2018 Kaisa won the Riga Jazz Stage bass competition and was awarded as the Rising Artist of the Year at the renowned Pori Jazz Festival.
Kaisa Mäensivu has had two releases as a leader. Her quartet Kaisa’s Machine was formed in 2015 and their first album 'In the Key of K' was released in 2017 consisting of Kaisa’s creative compositions. It has received critical acclaim and the band has performed in many prestigious jazz venues including the Ronnie Scott’s in London and the Scandinavian Jazz Festival in Washington DC. Kaisa’s Machine represented Finland in Nordic Jazz Comets showcase in Paris 2019. Their second album is in the works.
Her other group called Kaisa Mäensivu Trio released an EP in 2021, featuring Joe Peri on drums, Severi Pyysalo on vibraphone, and Kaisa Mäensivu on bass and vocals. The EP ’Hand Picked’ consists of Kaisa’s compositions as well as some cover songs and arrangements.
"Mäensivun soitto on äärimmäisen tarkkaa mutta letkeää. Harvan käsissä kontrabasso soi yhtä vangitsevasti ja karismaattisesti. Hyvin svengaavaa." - Arttu Seppänen, HS
"Band is led by a strong, highly musical bass presence of Kaisa Mäensivu." – London Jazz News
THE QUEENS CARTOONISTS
Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Austria, 17.10
JARI PERKIÖMÄKI 60TH BIRTHDAY JAM
Koko Jazz Club, Sat 23.10.
NINA MYA TRIO
Koko Jazz Club, Sat 30.10.
UMO JAZZ ORHCHESTRA feat. Manuel Dunkel
Korjaamo, Tue 2.11.
Koko Jazz Club, Thurs 4.11.
G Livelab Tampere, 9.11.
SOINTI JAZZ ORHCESTRA
Kymi Brass, Fri 5.11.
KAISA MÄENSIVU TRIO
Koko Jazz Club, Mon 15.11.
JIMI TENOR & UMO HELSINKI JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Vuotalo 19.11. & Savoy Theatre 20.11.