The Tampere Biennale was established by the City of Tampere and composer Usko Meriläinen as a showcase for Finnish contemporary music in 1986. The past 30 years have seen 15 festivals with hundreds of excellent concerts, featuring music from Finland and abroad and including dozens of world premieres. By any standards, this is a significant festival.
The 2016 Tampere Biennale is a veritable carnival of contemporary music! The various genres of experimental music are prominently featured, working together rather than against each other. Our 30th anniversary is all about celebrating the diversity of today’s music. In addition to concerts, we have the largest exhibition to date of sound art in Finland and 20th anniversary club sessions of Fonal Records, a Tampere-based label that has risen to world fame. There is also the contemporary circus company Circo Aereo, in whose performances sound plays a major role. The festival has commissioned new works from Niilo Tarnanen and Jan Anderzén alias Tomutonttu. The Tampere Philharmonic will be giving the world premiere of music by Lotta Wennäkoski and of Himmel Punk, commissioned by the orchestra from Antti Auvinen.
The world today enjoys a huge diversity of musical styles. It is also easier than ever for listeners to find music. Yet a live concert remains the most intense experience one can have with music. At the Tampere Biennale, you will find new ways of encountering music; you may be surprised and excited by something that is unfamiliar – or familiar. Let the sound capture your mind. Welcome to the sound boundaries!