• Mon
    7:00 pmCamerata Hall, Helsinki Music Centre


    7.00 PM – Pre-concert talk with Clara Iannotta
    7.30 PM – Concert
    ca 8.30 PM – Post-concert talk with Lauri Supponen, Elias Girod, Linda Martikainen and Uusinta Ensemble

    Uusinta Ensemble will perform an exciting new program, designed by its Artistic Director Perttu Haapanen, presenting a selection of the newest and most engaging international contemporary music in the Klang concert series of the Helsinki Music Centre.

    One of the highlights of the concert will be the world premiere of a new collaborative piece Circulating Mouthpiece with music by Finnish young talent Lauri Supponen, commissioned by Uusinta Ensemble, and contemporary dance performed by Elias Girod (chor. Elias Girod and Linda Martikainen). Watch video interview with the artistic team commenting in Finnish on the first rehearsal of their new work.

    At our pre-concert talk at 7 PM at the Lower Foyer of the Helsinki Music Centre, internationally sought-after young composer Clara Iannotta will be interviewed by Perttu Haapanen. The bar will be open.
    At our post-concert talk at ca 8.30 PM at the Lower Foyer of the Helsinki Music Centre you are welcomed to meet composer Lauri Supponen, dancer-choreographer Elias Girod, choreographer Linda Martikainen as well as members of Uusinta Ensemble. The bar will be open.

    Elias GirodLinda Martikainen & Lauri Supponen: Circulating Mouthpiece (2018) for piccolo, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass and dance (chor. Elias Girod and Linda Martikainen)   World Premiere, Uusinta Ensemble's commission
    Brigitta Muntendorf: Public Privacy #1 Flute Cover (2014) for flute, electronics and video
    Clara Iannotta: The people here go mad. They blame the wind. (2013) for clarinet, violoncello, piano and 12 music boxes   Finnish Premiere
    Georg Friedrich Haas: String Quartet No. 6 (2010)

    Uusinta Ensemble (Malla Vivolin, flute/piccolo, Angel Molinos, clarinet, Emil Holmström, piano, Maria Puusaari and Aleksi Kotila, violins, Max Savikangas, viola, Markus Hohti, violoncello and Adrian Rigopulos, double bass)
    Elias Girod, dancer
    Clara Iannotta, music boxes
    Sound system, electronics, video projection and stage lights designed and operated by Helsinki Music Centre's audio and lighting technicians.

    This concert is kindly supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura Helsinki (IIC Helsinki), The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) and The Finnish Music Foundation (MES) .


  • Wed
    7:30 pmSonore Hall, Helsinki Music Centre


    Uusinta Ensemble will perform at the Klang concert series of the Helsinki Music Centre brand new compositions with wind instruments in focus, written by the Sibelius Academy composition students.

    Artturi Rönkä: Quartettino for flute, saxophone, bass clarinet and percussion
    Mioko Yokoyama: Circular Spell for violoncello
    Ilkka Aunu: Tahallaan kaunis for oboe, tenor saxophone and piano
    Matilda Seppälä: Vuolle for soprano saxophone and violin
    Nuño Fernández: …frente a la obscura lumbre… for flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano and violoncello

    Performed by UUSINTA ENSEMBLE, featuring:
    Heta Aho, flute
    Saku Mattila, oboe
    Angel Molinos, clarinet
    Kazutaka Morita, percussion
    Maria Puusaari, violin
    Markus Hohti, violoncello
    Väinö Jalkanen, piano
    Sikri Lehko, saxophones

  • Tue
    7:00 pmHelsinki Music Centre, Camerata Hall

    An important Composer Portrait Concert of young Finnish talent Sebastian Hilli (b. 1990) is built around the three chamber pieces in his Paraphrase cycle, utilizing and overlapping elements of different musics, composers and performers such as John Coltrane, free jazz, acid house, Sibelius or Gesualdo.

    Despite of his young age, Sebastian Hilli has already garnered international acclaim and recognition. His first orchestral work Reachings (2014) won the 1st prize in the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award in 2015 as well as the ’Composers under 30 category’ at the 64th International Rostrum of Composers in 2017 and received worldwide broadcasting. Hilli has since then been nominated for the Gaudeamus Award 2018 and three of his chamber works, including a new commission, will be featured at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018 on September in Utrecht, Netherlands. Hilli is also one of the three finalists in the Christoph Delz Foundation’s 7th Composition Competition and his new work for solo piano will be premiered by Nicolas Hodges at the Lucerne Piano Festival 2018 in Switzerland.

    Hilli’s works have in common the composer’s fascination with structure, dynamism and carefully crafted details. Throughout, his music is characterized by complex woven textures and nuanced sonorities, long-span processes and a flair for extra-musical topics. Fascinated by the intensity of music as the focal point of his musical thinking, his works always emerge from the question of how to achieve this in various ways. Hilli accomplishes this in both extremes – in energetic textures moving in fast pace and in quiet and concentrated moments. The wide range of characters in his works demonstrate the composer’s emotional and expressional versatility and speaks of his curiosity of always seeking for new ways of expression.

    Sebastian Hilli writes on his Paraphrase I–III cycle:  "I approach the concept of paraphrase as a way of self-reflection as well as a commentary on a specific historical style. My composing process begins from a place where I’m relatively close to the original music, until I gradually move farther away from it, leaving. During this process the musical material goes through a variety of filters resulting in an unexpected synthesis of elements I’ve extracted from the original work combined with ways of expression that are typical for myself."

    Our concert program includes Hilli's nine-movement string quartet Elogio de la sombra. The composer writes: "My inspiration was Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges’s poems of which dreamlike and mystical atmosphere and thematics I was intrigued by. Recurring themes in Borges’s poems are shadows, light and darkness, dreams and mirrors which serve as metaphors for solitude, longing, death, identity and existence."

    Sebastian Hilli's concerto for guitar and small ensemble confluence/divergence, also included in the program, features prominent Finnish guitarist Petri Kumela as soloist. Hilli writes on his concerto: "The composing process of confluence/divergence took two years and is so far the longest time I have taken to complete a single work. This is largely due to the intricate theoretical principals I developed while composing the piece. I worked with complex combinations of sound entities and instrumental techniques that demanded further studying and exploring of refined ways of notation."

    All the compositions in the program have been finished during 2015–16. Welcome to this major event not to be missed!

    Paraphrase I (2015) for clarinet, oboe, piano and double bass
    Elogio de la sombra (2015) for string quartet
    Paraphrase II – giant steps and eden acid (2016) for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello and piano
    – Intermission –
    confluence/divergence (2013–15) for guitar solo, flute, harp, percussion and violoncello
    Paraphrase III – Soave dolore (2016) for flute, clarinet, oboe, french horn and bassoon

    József Hárs, conductor
    Uusinta Ensemble
    (Malla Vivolin, flute, Saku Mattila, oboe, Angel Molinos Bosque, clarinet, Naoki Yasuda, percusssion, Emil Holmström, piano, Päivi Severeide, harp, Maria Puusaari and Aleksi Kotila, violin, Max Savikangas, viola, Pinja Laine, violoncello, Adrian Rigopulos, double bass)
    Arktinen Hysteria wind quintet
    Petri Kumela, guitar

    More information on the Helsinki Music Centre website.

  • Sat
    6:00 pmTiivistämö (Suvilahti district building n:o 5, address: Kaasutehtaankatu 1, Helsinki, Finland)


    Uusinta Ensemble will present at the Nordic Music Days 2018, Helsinki, Finland a fascinating program of the newest chamber music by some of the most interesting composers living and working in the Nordic countries.

    In the program, piece Tyskamossarnas sugluft by Swedish composer Ida Lundén will receive its third performance; it was co-commissioned by Uusinta Ensemble and the Klang Festival, Copenhagen within the Nordlyd composer residence project and it was premiered by Uusinta Ensemble in 2016 at the festival. The second performance was also given by Uusinta Ensemble in 2017 at the Musica Nova Helsinki Festival.

    Loïc Destremau (DK): COM unTime (2015) for flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, violin, viola, violoncello and tape
    Kari Beate Tandberg (NO): Porphyry Imitations (2016) for violin and piano
    Sami Klemola (FI): Concrete (2013) for string quartet
    Adam Vilagi (FI): Hunger (2016) for string quartet
    Jouni Hirvelä (FI): Fracture Mechanics (2017) for flulte/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, alto saxophone, percussion, piano, violin, viola and violoncello
    Ida Lundén (SE): Tyskamossarnas sugluft (2016) for flute solo, clarinet, piano, viola, cello, double bass and fixed electronics

    Uusinta Ensemble & Uusinta Quartet (details TBA)

More concerts for season 2018 TBA soon – please visit again!

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