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Atlantises of a kind

Ensemble Adapter (DEN/ISL) & defunensemble (FIN)

Kristjana Helgadóttir – flute, Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson – clarinet, Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir – harp, Matthias Engler – percussion
Saara Olarte – harp, Hanna Kinnunen – flute, Mikko Raasakka – clarinet, Emil Holmström – keyboards, Sami Mäkelä – cello, Anders Pohjola – electronics, Timo Kurkikangas – electronics

Mikołaj Laskowski (POL): Atlantis & **** (2015)
Jarkko Hartikainen: Studies on Empathy (2016) (first performance, commissioned by Ensemble Adapter)
Kimmo Kuokkala: Space ruins (2016) (first performance)

Ruggedly beautiful, Atlantis & **** sails on the seas of sound masses, distortion and effects, creating an auditory perfect storm. The work is a splendid piece of craftsmanship by a young Polish-born and Berlin-based composer, auguring well for his future career.

Jarkko Hartikainen, a tireless explorer of noise, new playing techniques and layered rhythms, writes about his Studies on Empathy (2016) that it “takes materiality as the medium of musical expression, i.e. what a sound says about how it is produced: how much power, resistance, friction, sensitivity it needs... I experience this kind of listening as a sort of empathy. I think this is important, because the opposite of loving your neighbour is not hating them; it is indifference.”

Kimmo Kuokkala, the ‘Jyväskylä shaman’, creates intense meditative musical textures, whose reception process may lead to contemplation of the causes, effects and purpose of life, the universe and everything. The existentialist spiritual nature of Kimmo’s works shows a rare honesty among Finnish contemporary composers. “I wanted to write music that breathes freely, operating with silence and subtle shifts of nuance. The work is a trio for nine instruments and electronics.” Jointly commissioned by defunensemble and the Adapter Ensemble, the work is being premiered at the Tampere Biennale.

-Sami Klemola, Jarkko Hartikainen and Kimmo Kuokkala

The concert ends at about 18.30.

The collaboration of Ensemble Adapter and defunensemble is a part of Aus Finnland, Music Finland’s project which aims to increase the mobility and co-operation between the music professionals of Finland and German-speaking Europe. The collaboration continues later in the spring when the ensembles perform together in May both in Kiel and in Berlin.