Mon19Feb20187:00 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 Girod, Linda 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.
Wed23May20187:30 pmSonore Hall, Helsinki Music Centre
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
Tue21Aug20187:00 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
(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.
Sat10Nov20186:00 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. One of the highlights of our concert will be the already third performance of Tyskamossarnas sugluft by Swedish composer Ida Lundén, which was co-commissioned and premiered by Uusinta Ensemble in 2006 in Copenhagen. In this very personal work, featuring Malla Vivolin as the flute soloist, we will hear from a sound track the breathing of Ida Lundén's late father and also the inner sounds of his harmonium. In addition, five members of Uusinta Ensemble will take up the challenge of playing harmonicas besides their main instruments!
Warmly welcome to this very special event!
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 flute/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, alto saxophone, percussion, piano, violin, viola, violoncello and stereo audio
Ida Lundén (SE): Tyskamossarnas sugluft (2016) for flute solo, clarinet, harmonicas, piano, viola, cello, double bass and fixed electronics
Loïc Destremau writes on his piece: "COM unTime is a hyper collage of various music genres from the western world set together to musically communicate through common material and create its own macro-sound or super- genre. The music is glued together with restless zaps and noisy gestures commonly known from commercial media (TV, radio, internet etc.) which in our time has almost become an integrated sonorous ingredient in public music. The piece plays with the control of clear references to the music genres and with a distortion parameter generating a potential unique yet ambiguous expression of micro-music-samples."
Kari Beate Tandberg writes on her piece: "Porphyry Imitations is inspired by the volcanic rock named Rhomb porphyry. In addition to East Africa and the Antarctica, it only exists in the Oslo region where I grew up. The species has a purple-coloured matrix, with separated pigments of feldspar and quartz, as rhomb-shaped crystals or phenocrysts. The consistency is both crisp and hard, fine-grained and coarse-grained."
Sami Klemola quotes the famous Finnish scientist, inventor, electronic instrument builder and composer Erkki Kurenniemi (1941–2017) in the program note for his piece Concrete: ”The refrigerator was silent for a while and started making noise again. Is the new noise identical, or is it not the same noise it previously was? I will take into the text a concept of an “agent” which doesn’t mean a physical sound producing element but a series of sounds that hearing links together. The sound of the refrigerator is an “agent”, that consists of sounds that follows each other in time and are called the “noise sections”. If the sound of the refrigerator has essentially changed, I consider that something has happened to the agent and its not clear that the same agent is present anymore."
- Erkki Kurenniemi: Äänten teoria (Theory of sounds)
Adam Vilagi writes on his piece: "Hunger was commissioned by the Pasimusic Festival and it’s dedicated to the NeoQuartet. The two main sources of inspiration for the compositional process were a melody originated from a Hungarian children’s song, and a realistic urban novel, There Were Many Horses by Brazilian writer Luiz Ruffato."
Jouni Hirvelä writes on his piece Fracture Mechanics: "The mechanical gestural language and somehow human and even comical askewness of broken machines was one of the compositional starting points. The work can also be interpreted as a critical comment on the so-called planned obsolescence of consumer electronics. It was a commission by Time of Music Festival and was given a premiere by Talea Ensemble."
Ida Lundén writes on her piece Tyskamossarnas sugluft: "One summer I recorded a suction reed organ (sugluftsharmonium) in the living room of my parents (now sold) summerhouse Tyskamossarna. I have tried to let this sound of the organ move into the instruments of the flute soloist and the ensemble and embrace the audience. By being in this organ, maybe, our breathing will become a part of a larger organ."
József Hárs, conductor
Malla Vivolin, flute, alto flute
Anna-Kaisa Pippuri, oboe
Angel Molinos Bosque, clarinet, bass clarinet, harmonica
Sikri Lehko, alto saxophone
Petteri Kippo, percussion
Emil Holmström, piano, harmonica
Maria Puusaari, violin
Aleksi Kotila, violin
Max Savikangas, viola, harmonica
Pinja Laine, violoncello, harmonica
Markus Hohti, violoncello
Aapo Juutilainen, double bass, harmonica
Jon-Patrik Kuhlefelt, sound engineering, electronics
More concerts for season 2019 TBA soon – please visit again!