• Sun
    19
    Jan
    2014
    4:00 pmHelsinki Music Centre

    Osmo Tapio Räihälä Zen (2011)

    Osmo Tapio Räihälä A Love Surplus (2010)

    Osmo Tapio Räihälä Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra (2010)

    Osmo Tapio Räihälä Soliloque (2011-2013)

    Uusinta Ensemble

    Anni Haapaniemi, oboe

    Hannu Lintu, conductor

  • Thu
    10
    Apr
    2014
    7:00 pmTampere, Finland

    Klaus Wiede Oh, These Disgusting, Lovely Lovers

    Antti Auvinen Kaarea (2006/2007)

    Jarkko Hartikainen Magnetic (2011/2013)

    Antonin Servière Kumahdukset (2014) premiere

    Kimmo Kuokkala Ocra (2005-07)

    Uusinta Ensemble

  • Sat
    12
    Apr
    2014
    12:00 pmTampere, Finland

    Timo Alakotila Ilmari 24 (2010)

    Iamus Colossus (2012)

    Asko Hyvärinen valse griffyre (2002)

    Max Savikangas Gene-enhanced Väinämöinen sings cyborg Joukahainen into the black hole of virtual space (2006)

    Uusinta Ensemble

    Eija Kankaanranta, kantele

    Veli Kujala, accordion

    Susanne Kujala, accordion

  • 7:00 pmTampere, Finland

    Olli Virtaperko Dawkins (2007-08)

    Vincenzo Galilei Dialogo (1568)

    Johannes Kepler Harmony of the Spheres (1609)

    Juhani Nuorvala Prélude non retouché (2012)

    Veli Kujala CybOrgan (2012)

    Uusinta Ensemble

    Esko Valtaoja, speaker

    Susanne Kujala, organ

    Veli Kujala, electronics

    TampereRaw

  • Wed
    16
    Apr
    2014
    8:00 pmNew York

    Aaron Helgeson A Place Towards Other Place (2012)

    Alexander Khubeev Sounds of the Dark Time (2011)

    Joan Arnau Pàmies [IVflbclVIvln_c] (2011)

    Hikari Kiyama Joruri Death Metal (2014) MATA Commission

    Ilari Kaila Kellojen kumarrus 2006)

    Sampo Haapamäki Connection (2007)

    Uusinta Ensemble

    József Hárs, conductor

  • Fri
    18
    Apr
    2014
    11:00 amNew York

    Reading session

    Uusinta Ensemble

    József Hárs, conductor

  • Sat
    10
    May
    2014
    9:00 pmValencia
    Ramon Lazkano Wintersonnenwende-3 (2009)
    Sami Klemola Sostenuto (2013)
    Hèctor Parra Ona (2006)
    Ville Raasakka Trio for flute, viola and piano (2012)
    Ramon Lazkano Lur-Itzalak (2003)
    Ramon Lazkano Egan-2 (2007)

    Uusinta Ensemble

    Miguel Ángel García Cañamero, conductor

  • Sat
    13
    Sep
    2014
    St.Petersburg Contemporary Music Centre 'Remusik', Russia
    Beat Furrer Enigmas I-VI (2006-2013) mixed choir
    Lied (1993) for violin and piano
    a due (1993) for viola and piano

    With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

  • Sun
    14
    Sep
    2014
    6:00 pmSellosali, Espoo
    Beat Furrer Enigmas I-VI (2006-2013) mixed choir
    ...cold and calm and moving (1992) for ensemble
    Lied (1993) for violin and piano
    Voices-still (1998) for mixed choir and ensemble

    With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

  • Sat
    27
    Sep
    2014
    3:00 pmAutumn Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
    Beat Furrer Enigmas I-VI (2006-2013) mixed choir
    Lied (1993) for violin and piano
    a due (1993) for viola and piano

    Uusinta Ensemble

    Helsinki Chamber Choir

    Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

    With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

  • 8:00 pmAutumn Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Mon
    03
    Nov
    2014
    7:30 pmHelsinki Music Centre
    Mark Andre S1 (2012) for two grand pianos
    iv2 (2007) for cello
    Zu Staub (2005) for ensemble

    Uusinta Ensemble

    Eeva Rysä, cello

    Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

  • Sun
    11
    Jan
    2015
    8:00 pmForum Stadtpark, Stadtpark 1, 8010 Graz
    Simon Steen-Andersen Run Time Error (2009) video installation
    Ville Raasakka a natural habitat 2 (2014) for amplified violin and viola (premiere)
    Simon Løffler b (2012) for 3 musicians, 3 neonlights, effectpedals and a loose jack cable
    Jagoda Szmytka Körperwelten (2008) for amplified string instrument, audio files and video
    Michael Maierhof Plastikquartett 2 (1997) for 4 players and plastic cups
    Peter Ablinger Weiss/Weisslich 3 (1990) for ensemble
    Malin Bång a r c h i n g (2013) for amplified cello, amplified tools and electronics

    Uusinta Ensemble (Helsinki, Finland) combines instruments, objects, bodily performance and electronics in its performative concert Klang-Objekt-Körper-Klang. In Simon Løffler's work 'b' neonlights are played with skin contact attached to electronics. Malin Bång has written a work for amplified cello and timber tools such as saw and rasp. Sounds from within the human body are heard in Jagoda Szmytka's work Körperwelten.

  • Fri
    30
    Jan
    2015
    6:30 pmKaustinen Hall
    Veli-Matti Puumala Three movements from Symbo
    Alexander Scriabin Etude op.74/4
    Veli-Matti Puumala Three preludes from Hommages fugitifs
    Tristan Murail Cloches D’adieu, et un Sourire...
    Veli-Matti Puumala Fragment from Caprifoglio
    Pierre Boulez Notations VI
    Luciano Berio Duet 'Henri' (arr. by Veli-Matti Puumala)
    Karlheinz Stockhausen Klavierstück VII
    Veli-Matti Puumala Nachklang (premiere)
    Gabriel Fauré Piano trio in D minor
    Helmut Lachenmann Toccatina
    Beat Furrer Aer
    Veli-Matti Puumala Envol
    Veli-Matti Puumala String Quartet
  • Wed
    11
    Feb
    2015
    7:00 pmHouse of Nobility, Helsinki
    Jérôme Combier Lichen
    Riikka Talvitie Village Party (premiere)
    Fred Lerdahl Time after Time
    Christian Winther Christensen String Quartet
    Pascal Dusapin Jetzt Genau!

    Uusinta Ensemble

    Magnus Lindberg, conductor

    Nicolas Hodges, piano

  • Fri
    03
    Jul
    2015
    Time of Music Festival, Viitasaari
    Harrison Birtwistle (UK) Pulse Shadows

    Uusinta Ensemble
    Quotuor Diotima (FR)

  • Mon
    24
    Aug
    2015
    7:00 pmHelsinki Music Centre, Camerata Hall
    Jouni Hirvelä Akvaariotalot
    Kokiriko
    Saraceno impressions
    Macbeth fragments
    Cracked
    Unwindings
  • Sat
    05
    Sep
    2015
    2:00 pmAlminsali, National Opera, Helsinki
    Jens Peter Møller (DK) Trip Hazards
    JPeter Steinholt Mortensen (NO) Andre Førsteinntrykk
    JMark Andre (FR/DE) durch
    JØyvind Mæland (NO) Étude ralentissante
    JRicardo Eizirik (SE) Music while waiting/music while working

    Uusinta Ensemble
    Tomas Djupsjöbacka, conductor
    Mirjam Solomon, coloratura
    soloists from Helsinki Chamber Choir:
    David Hackston, Eira Karlson & Jukka Jokitalo

  • Tue
    10
    Nov
    2015
    8:30 pmBKA-THEATER, Mehringdamm 34, 10961 Berlin

    Sami Klemola Peak (2014)
    Annesley Black Aorko (2006/2009)
    Perttu Haapanen Rain Songs (2011/2013)
    Sarah Nemtsov Sechs Zeichen (2010)
    Johan Tallgren Quatuor à Royaumont (1999/2002)
    Maximilian Marcoll Compound No.4: FRICTION MACHINE ALARM
    SIGNAL CONSTRUCTION (2010)

    Uusinta Ensemble
    Special Guest: Maximilian Marcoll, percussion

    Unerhörte Musik (official website)

  • Mon
    30
    Nov
    2015
    7:30 pmHelsinki Music Centre, Camerata Hall

    As part of the Sibelius Academy Klang Series.

    Veli-Matti Puumala: Capriccio (2002) for two violins, two violas and two cellos
    Jouni Hirvelä: Saraceno impressions (2013/15) for string quartet
    Aino Tenkanen: Follow me! (2015) for guitar and string trio, f.p.
    Saara Lindahl: Between Time and Infinity (2015) for piano quintet, f.p.
    Gabriel Williams: String Quartet No. 5 (2015), f.p.

    Uusinta String Quartet with Sibelius Academy students Santeri Rautiainen, guitar, Fanny Söderström, piano, Laura Lamminmäki, viola and Inkeri Eirola, violoncello

    Tickets

  • Fri
    04
    Dec
    2015
    8:00 pmVapaan Taiteen Tila, Vilhonvuorenkuja 15-16, 00500 Helsinki

    Everyday objects and the body as instrument and sound source, and the instrument as an extended body.

    Tickets: 10 eur/5 eur

    Hanna Eimermacher (DE): Transparentz for 3 glass bottle players and tape
    Max Savikangas (FI): Kaliki for violoncello and video
    Jagoda Szmytka (POL): Körperwelten for violin, electronics and video
    Sami Klemola (FI): Tranquillo for 4 effervescent tablet players and amplification
    Simon Løffler (DK): B for 3 performers, lightbulbs and electronics
    Tim Page & Salla Hakkola (US/FI): Under My Skin, f.p. for objects, four performers, and electronics

  • Fri
    05
    Feb
    2016
    8:30 pmTheaterhaus 2, Siemensstraße 11, D-70469 Stuttgart
    Sami Klemola Peak (2014)
    Ville Raasakka Vanishing Point (2013)German premiere
    Oscar Bianchi Partendo für Countertenor und Ensemble (2015, Uusinta Ensemble co-comission)

    Uusinta Ensemble
    Daniel Gloger, countertenor
    József Hárs, conductor

    ECLAT official website

    With kind support

  • Mon
    08
    Feb
    2016
    7:30 pmMusiikkitalo, Camerata Hall, Helsinki

    Oscar Bianchi (IT/DE) Docile Ascesa
    Max Savikangas (FI) Azonal for Viola and Ensemble (world premiere, Uusinta Ensemble commission)
    Oscar Bianchi Zaffiro
    Oscar Bianchi Partendo (Finnish premiere, Uusinta Ensemble co-comission)

    Uusinta Ensemble
    Daniel Gloger, countertenor
    József Hárs, conductor

    With kind support

  • Sun
    27
    Mar
    2016
    2:00 pmRupla, Helsinginkatu 16, 00500 Helsinki

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    In a still landscape or in rolling clouds one can see for a moment the outlines of people and faces. Experience vanishing images, fragile and soft sounds in the heart of East Helsinki, Kallio, on Easter Sunday March 27 at 2pm.

    Free entry

    Gérard Pesson's Vexierbilder: https://open.spotify.com/track/0SLNZ99pXNwQcjUm9ij59n

    Programme:
    Gérard Pesson (FR): Vexierbilder, Rom: après une lecture de Penna 4'
    Andrew Ford (AU): Female Nude 5'
    Niilo Tarnanen (FI): Ob 4'
    Salvatore Sciarrino (IT): All'aure in una lontananza 10'
    Tapio Nevanlinna (FI): China Chimes 3'
    Misato Mochizuki (JP): Intermezzi I 8'

    Uusinta Ensemble:
    Malla Vivolin, flue and alto flute
    Maria Puusaari, violin
    Väinö Jalkanen, piano

    The event on Facebook

    www.rupla.fi

  • Mon
    06
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    Buffalo, New York

    Presented by the Department of Music and The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, June in Buffalo, a festival and conference dedicated to composers, will take place June 6-13 2016 at the University at Buffalo. June in Buffalo offers an intensive schedule of seminars, lectures, workshops, professional presentations, participant forums and open rehearsals as well as afternoon and evening concerts open to the general public and critics. Each of the invited composers will have one of his/her pieces performed during the festival. Evening performances feature faculty composers, resident ensembles and soloists renowned internationally as interpreters of contemporary music.
    More information

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Five Nordic composers are premiered at this concert of the Klang Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. Uusinta will perform works by Mette Nielsen (DK), Lars Petter Hagen (NO), Hafdis Bjarnadottir (IS), Ville Raasakka (FI), and Ida Lundén (SE).

  • Sun
    09
    Oct
    2016
    3:00 pmNew Music October in Oulu Festival, Oulu Music Centre, Tulindberg Hall, Leevi Madetojan katu 1-3, Oulu, Finland

    PROGRAM

    Elena Mendoza: Nebelsplitter (2008) for violin, viola, cello and piano Finnish Premiere
    Juha Pisto: Kaiyu-Shiki (2011) for violin, cello and piano
    Johan Svensson: Diamond Dust (2013) for bass flute, cello and piano Finnish Premiere
    Outi Tarkiainen: Into the Silence of the Woods (2012) for soprano, clarinet, cello and piano
    Enno Poppe: Wespe (2005) for soprano
    Sebastian Hilli: Paraphrase II (Giant Steps and Eden Acid) (2015) for flute/piccolo/bass flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano World Premiere

    Meeri Pulakka, soprano
    Uusinta Ensemble: Malla Vivolin, flutes, Angel Molinos, clarinets, Emil Holmström, piano, Maria Puusaari, violin, Max Savikangas, viola, Markus Hohti, cello

    In conjunction with the performance of Into the Silence of the Woods by Outi Tarkiainen, a media work entitled Silence of the Woods by director Karoliina Niemelä and Korpikomppania Dance Company will be shown (cinematography by Pirjo Lempeä and choreography Outi Räsänen.)

    New Music October in Oulu Festival Website

  • Sat
    04
    Feb
    2017
    5:00 pmG Livelab, Helsinki

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    WILD IS THE WIND
    Musica Nova Helsinki festival, G Livelab, Yrjönkatu 3, Helsinki, Finland
    First time in Finland

    Uusinta Ensemble presents new pieces by Nordic Composers it has co-commissioned within the Nordlyd project, supported by Kulturkontakt and Nordisk Kulturfond. The pieces were premiered by Uusinta Ensemble in 14th of June 2016 at the Klang festival, Copenhagen.

    Danish Mette Nielsen has recorded the harbor sound landscape of her childhood city Odense and integrated childhood song memories of the members of Uusinta Ensemble into her new piece. Icelandic Hafdís Bjarnadóttir takes us into the world of meteorological data and weather field recordings. In a very personal work by Swedish Ida Lundén we will hear the breathing of her late father and also the inner sounds of his harmonium. Ville Raasakka's piece has insomnia and the sounds of a night time apartment as its themes.

    Composers Mette Nielsen and Ida Lundén will be present at the concert. In addition, the name of the new artistic leader of Uusinta Ensemble will be announced.

    Program

    Hafdís Bjarnadóttir (IS): Wind Roses for viola and ensemble, f.p. in Finland
    Ville Raasakka (FI): Traumerei for violoncello and electronics
    Mette Nielsen (DK): Odense Havn 1991/2016 for double bass, ensemble and sound tracks, f.p. in Finland
    Lars Petter Hagen (NO): Hymn for string trio, f.p. in Finland
    Ida Lundén (SE): Tyska mossarnas sugluft for flute, ensemble and sound tracks, f.p. in Finland

    JÓZSEF HÁRS, conductor
    MALLA VIVOLIN, flute
    MAX SAVIKANGAS, viola
    AAPO JUUTILAINEN, double bass
    MARKUS HOHTI, cello
    LIBERO MUREDDU, electronics
    UUSINTA ENSEMBLE

  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017
    6:00 pmKaukonen, Lapland, Finland

    Uusinta Ensemble will present at Hiljaisuus -festivaali (Silence Festival) togehter with Kallo Collective  a world première of a concert with elements of performing arts entitled KWALK. The theme of KWALK  is encounters and evasion. Without narrative it takes the viewer through absurd moments of everyday life. The three masters of silent comic and three musicians create comic in space inspired by the compositions of Georges Aperghis.

    Kallo, Kurppa and Monckton, wizards of physical theater and clowning from the internationally known Kallo Collective come together with contemporary classical music trio performed by Holmström, Puusaari and Rautiola from Uusinta Ensemble. Music is by Aperghis and Uusinta Ensemble.

    Performers
    Kallo Collective: Jenni Kallo, Thomas Monckton amd Sampo Kurppa.
    Uusinta Ensemble: Joonatan Rautiola, saxophones, Maria Puusaari, violin and Emil Holmström, piano.

    Production: Kallo Collective
    Running time: 70 min
    Tickets 20 € in advance / 20 € at the door
    More information

  • Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017
    3:00 pmTervamäki Chapel, Viitasaari, Finland

    Uusinta Ensemble will perform at Time of Music Festival 2017, Viitasaari, Finland in two concerts. The first appearance will take place on July 5th at 3 PM at the Tervamäki Chapel, presenting a carefully designed program of chamber music composed over the last 25 years by prominent Finnish composers (for more info please click on their names).

    There is a bus transportation to the concert leaving at 2 PM from Viitasaari bus station. The price of the return ticket is 10 €.

    Program
    Jukka Tiensuu Plus II  (1992) for clarinet and cello
    Ville Raasakka: Short cuts (2005/17) for clarinet
    Kaija Saariaho: New Gates (1996) for flute, harp and viola
    Max Savikangas: Kranker Matthäus (2006) for flute and viola
    Outi Tarkiainen: Sanasi, kiveen uponneet (2011) for cello
    Lotta Wennäkoski: Ciphers (2013) for flute, harp and viola

    Performers
    Malla Vivolin, flute
    Lauri Sallinen, clarinet
    Lily-Marlene Puusepp, harp
    Max Savikangas, viola
    Markus Hohti, cello

    More information

  • Fri
    07
    Jul
    2017
    7:00 pmViitasaari Church, Finland

    Uusinta Ensemble will perform at Time of Music Festival 2017, Viitasaari, Finland in two concerts. As the second and main appearance at the festival on July 7th at 7 PM in  Viitasaari Church, Uusinta Ensemble will perform in the composer portrait concert of young Finnish talent Sebastian Hilli. In the program, Paraphrase II – ”Giant steps and eden acid” (2016) was commissioned and premiered by Uusinta Ensemble in 2016 at the New Music October Festival, Oulu, Finland. A concerto for guitar and small ensemble, confluence/divergence (2013–15), will receive its world premiere by guitarist Perti Kumela and Uusinta Ensemble.

    Program
    Elogio de la sombra for string quartet (2015) *
    Lume for alto saxophone and piano (2013) 
    Paraphrase II – ”Giant steps and eden acid” for flute (picc, b.fl), clarinet (bcl), piano, violin, viola and violoncello (2016)
    Intermission
    confluence/divergence for guitar solo, flute, percussion, harp and violoncello (2013-2015)      World première

    Performers
    Jósef Hárs, conductor
    Petri Kumela, guitar
    Uusinta Ensemble (Malla Vivolin, flute, Lauri Sallinen, clarinet, N.N., alto saxophone, Emil Holmström, piano, Lily-Marlene Puusepp, harp, Petteri Kippo, percussion, Maria Puusaari, violin, Max Savikangas, viola, Markus Hohti, violoncello)
    * Quatuor Bozzini (Clemens Merkel and Alissa Cheung, violins, Stéphanie Bozzini, viola and Isabelle Bozzini, violoncello)

    More information

  • Fri
    20
    Oct
    2017
    7:00 pmHelsinki Music Centre, Black Box

    Uusinta Ensemble will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of composer Paola Livorsi by performing a composition concert consisting of her music.

    It is also Livorsi’s second post-graduate composition recital at the Sibelius Academy as part of  her research project Human voice and instrumental voice: a comparative study in timbral content.

    Program:
    In between (2007) for alto flute, clarinet in A/bass clarinet, horn, percussion, viola and violoncello, Finnish première
    Suonno (2003-04) for string quartet with 4-loudspeaker amplification (new version), World première
    Ohnfad (2002) for soprano and electronics
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    Senza parole, senza silenzio (2014-15) for soprano and guitar
    Onde (2009-2010) for string quartet, Finnish première
    The end of no ending (2017) for 2 singers, ensemble and live electronics (2017) for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, cornet, trumpet, guitar and 2 percussionists, World première

    Performers:
    Uusinta Ensemble, dir. József Hárs
    Tuuli Lindberg, soprano
    Anni Egecioglu, voice
    Petri Kumela, guitar
    Ahoora Hossseini, percussion
    Marek Pluciennik, live video processing
    Juan de Diós Magdaleno, live electronics

  • Mon
    19
    Feb
    2018
    7:00 pmCamerata Hall, Helsinki Music Centre

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    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.

    Program
    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)

    Performers
    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) .

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  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018
    7:30 pmSonore Hall, Helsinki Music Centre

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    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.

    Program:
    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
    21
    Aug
    2018
    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!

    Program:
    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

    Performers:
    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
    10
    Nov
    2018
    6:00 pmTiivistämö (Suvilahti district building n:o 5, address: Kaasutehtaankatu 1, Helsinki, Finland)

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    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!

    Program:
    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

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    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."

    Performers:
    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 2018 TBA soon – please visit again!

List of All Past Concerts 1999-2018 (PDF)