Dear friends,

Uusinta Ensemble enjoyed a fantastic start to the year by opening its spring season with a performance focusing on body action at the open music concert programme in Graz, Austria on January 11. Invited by Ute Pinter the ensemble performed among others Michael Maierhof’s Plastikquartet 2.

Soon after Graz, January 30, Uusinta made an appearance at the Kaustinen Chamber Music Week with a concert focusing on the Finnish composer and professor at the Sibelius Academy, Veli-Matti Puumala, and premiering his latest work Nachklang.

The spring season was rounded off with a concert at the Musica Nova Festival in Helsinki curated by Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen. Uusinta musicians had the pleasure to perform with the pianist Nicolas Hodges under the direction of composer and this-time-conductor Magnus Lindberg. With each composer present at the rehearsals and the concert, the musicians enjoyed a rich exchange of thoughts. This concert did not lack of a world premiere and this time Uusinta performed Village Party by Finnish composer Riikka Talvitie composed for the oboe and a string quartet. The piece was written for oboist Anna-Kaisa Pippuri (reviewed by the Financial Times as “fearless”) and included a tap dance solo by her.

Read the Financial Times review of the Musica Nova concert here: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ad86d9ce-b113-11e4-831b-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3RcY2AGmE