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LIVE: Clara de Asís, Sähkökitarakvartetti

CLARA DE ASÍS (ES)
SÄHKÖKITARAKVARTETTI (IS/FI)

8.12.2017
19.00-22.00
Akusmata Sound Art Gallery,
Tukholmankatu 7 K, 00270 Helsinki
Entrance: 5€


Äänen Lumo presents an evening of… guitars!

CLARA DE ASÍS, a guitarist, composer and performer originally from Spain and now based in France, has developed a non-conventional and personal instrumental approach; with longstanding interest in minimalist frameworks, spacial auscultation and temporal suspension. She uses different combinations of materials and sound sources, with a main focus on guitar. The concert in Akusmata is a solo performance for acoustic guitar, microphones and objects.



SÄHKÖKITARAKVARTETTI is a fresh Helsinki-based electric guitar group concentrating on contemporary/experimental compositions. The group aims to bridge the imaginary gaps between sound art, experimental music, contemporary composition and improvisation. In Akusmata the quartet will premiere works by e.g. Clara de Asís and Russian composer-musician Ilia Belorukov.

Musicians: Juhani Grönroos, Lauri Hyvärinen, Jukka Kääriäinen, Sigurdur Rögnvaldsson.

Thanks to Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Finnish Music Foundation for support.

Lauri Luhta: Architecture of Right

 Lauri Luhta
Architecture of Right

16 November – 3 December 2017
Open Thursday – Sunday  2-6 pm
Opening: Wed 15 November 6-8 pm


Opening performance

At the opening of Lauri Luhta’s sound art exhibition Architecture of Right at Akusmata, Wednesday 15 November, a soundtrack to Jenni Luhta’s video Häivähdys parempaa maailmaa (“Glimpse of a Better World“) will be produced live. A work of video and environmental art carried by text, Häivähdys parempaa maailmaa was filmed in the same surroundings of Pihlajamäki, Helsinki, that the field recordings for Lauri’s Architecture of Right sound installation took place during this year. Jenni’s video was originally finished for Pihlajamäki’s Night of the Arts in August, 2009. The work was premiered at the local bar Ralli and later shown at Orion cinema in Spring, 2010 – without a soundtrack, which it has lacked for eight years.

Video is screened at 7:00 pm. Sound is mixed by Lauri.

Refreshments are provided by Jenni. Welcome!


Architecture of Right

Lauri Luhta’s sound art installation Architecture of Right is based on field recordings made in Pihlajamäki, Helsinki, during different seasons of the year 2017. Out of the material thus assembled, Luhta has crafted a circular, spatial-temporal composition, which one can go to.
A suburb erected in the the 1960s, Pihlajamäki is visually recognisable by its landforms, its buildings and the plan of its architecture. Pihlajamäki is carved in terrain risen from the primordial sea as a home for the people and as an image of the geometric and the organic, the rational and the expressive. In Architecture of Right, one observes what kind of aural living environment the walls and hollows of the area create and what the firmament of the sky above it sounds like.
In Architecture of Right, one is moving on the Right-Hand Path, the clear and plain road of right and truth that is narrow yet open to everyone. In the work, one steps in and stands still in the soundscape that always lies in the background of the existence of an inhabitant of Pihlajamäki, amidst the world, at the world’s centre. A world of sound with its different elements and little details, with its sounds of nature, men and machines, its children, birds and airplanes, is always waiting for the one who stops and settles down on land. When that depth is reached, its basis is mined for nourishment and understanding.
Architecture of Right is a work of the author for the neighbourhood that has become his new home region, a homage to its planners, builders and dwellers. The exhibition is also dedicated to the Republic of Finland, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary and whose bright noontime thinking Pihlajamäki represents.

Lauri Luhta (b. 1980, Vaasa) is a Helsinki-based sound, video, media and performance artist, organiser of art festivals and cultural events, document archivist, theologian, custodian of being.
Lauri Luhta’s Youtube channel:

LIVE: Valiska (CAN), Jarmo Huhta, Utu Lautturi-Astroschnautzer-[ówt krì]

Valiska (CAN)
Jarmo Huhta
Utu Lautturi / Astroschnautzer / [ówt krì] trio

Saturday 11.11.2017
18.30 – 22:00 (Showtime 19:00)
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee


Valiska (CAN)

Born in Poland but now based out of Calgary, Canada, Valiska creates gritty, overcast soundscapes inspired by the likes of Tim Hecker, Rafael Anton Irisarri, and Grouper. Although his hometown is often overshadowed by other Canadian cities such as Montreal, Valiska has been part of an insular but slowly expanding scene, exploring strands of experimental drone and ambient.

On Pause is Valiska’s most personal work to date, and consists of eight tracks that recount a series of life-changing events that occurred between 2016 and 2017. Charting this journey of loss and upheaval, the music is melancholic and at times painfully stark but does not dwell in dischord – with passages of optimism, hope, and even fleeting euphoria.

https://soundcloud.com/valiska


Jarmo Huhta

Jarmo Huhta’s current project combines real instruments with electronics. Cinematic expression fuses dark ambient, drone, neofolk and free-jazz elements with modern classical influences.
He uses instruments like cello, piano (natural and inside effects), accordion, french horn, clarinet, voice, and ethnic percussions like taiko. Low end rumbles evoke to sense the music not just with ears, but with the entire body.

Besides his real name, Huhta works under the name Twile.
Twile represents dark and cinematic dub electronica. Huhta has also made music and sound for various video- and dance works, installations and paintings.
https://vimeo.com/164408979
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYwEkVmR1zM


Utu LautturiAstroschnautzer  – [ówt krì]

Utu Lautturi

The audio alchemy of Utu Lautturi is dynamic and challenging, ranging from world-flaying destructive waves to soft stereospheric sprites. Hues and shapes both bright and dim merge, only to dissolve into framed chaos. In his performances Utu utilizes electroacoustic improvisation, ritual vocals, organic sound design and pre-arranged sound collages to conjure nuanced journeys suited for deep introspection.
https://soundcloud.com/utu-lautturi
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChX0Jx09ZXZYf5SSE08wWWg


Astroschnautzer

The roots of Astroschnautzer reach deep into the core of Finnish psychedelic trance and synthesizer madness. Often based on self-built machinery, also known behind the monikers “Tutankhamon 9000” and “Bechamel Boyz”, Astro has delivered his rhythmic frolic both on- and off-stage all around the world since 1997.
https://soundcloud.com/astroschnautzer

 

[ówt krì]

[ówt krì] is the phonetic writing of the word “Outcry”. [ówt krì] is also the main creative output for Helsinki native Kenneth Kovasin.

Kenneth’s musical history began in the early stages of the 21st century when he got hold of an Ibanez electric guitar. The first musical compositions showed very little originality nor vision, but this would change dramatically by the year 2005. Once expanding the musical horizon from metal to drone doom, ambient, contemporary classical avant-garde and minimalism, Kenneth was offered stimulants and inspiration for forming the concrete base for [ówt krì].

From there on the musical compositions of [ówt krì] have been an ongoing journey in a living and breathing fairytale. The story reached a new high in 2013 when American indie-label Alrealon Musique reached out with an offer to release the debut [ówt krì] CD “The New Seed (ALRN041)”.
Further progress happened in 2014 when [ówt krì] performed live for the first time in Helsinki, since then [ówt krì] has performed in multiple cities both in Finland and abroad.
https://soundcloud.com/owtkri
http://www.owtkri.org/

Akusmata artists on YLE TV and Radio Broadcasts

Akusmata artists on YLE TV and Radio Broadcasts

Saturday 21.9.2017
YLE Radio1 News 17:00
YLE TV1 News 20:30
YLE News Article by Jussi Mankkinen


Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE visited at Akusmata Sound Festival during September 1st – 3rd 2017, recorded live performances and interviewed the performing artists. On Saturday, September 21st YLE broadcasted the interviews on YLE TV1 main evening News and earlier in the evening on YLE Radio1 News. A longer article was also published during the same day at YLE’s website. Included was also clips and interviews from Lovi-klubi / Lavaklubi event at the Finnish National Theatre.



‘New notes of Finnish experimental music. Many musicians are currently building their own instruments, and with traditional instruments they make bold experiments.’ /
   ‘Kokeellisen kotimaisen musiikin uusia nuotteja. Monet muusikot rakentavat tällä hetkellä soittimiaan itse ja perinteisilläkin soittimilla tehdään rohkeita kokeiluja.’
Sat 21.10.2017, klo 17.00
https://areena.yle.fi/1-4229791
Petteri Mäkiniemi, Tottumiskysymys & Ville Olaskari, Jarno Tikka – Suvi Linnovaara duo, Esa Ruoho, Juha-Matti Rautiainen.
‘Experimental Music Produces Unique Sounds’ /
‘Kokeellinen musiikki tuottaa ainutlaatuisia ääniä’

Sat 21.10.2017, klo 20.30
https://areena.yle.fi/1-3825304

Petteri Mäkiniemi, Tottumiskysymys & Ville Olaskari, Jarno Tikka – Suvi Linnovaara duo, Esa Ruoho, Juha-Matti Rautiainen.


Article

‘What a strange thing this is Ginette – in Finnish experimental music, original instruments are invented and musicians are happy in the margin’ /

  Mikä ihmeen Ginette – kotimaisessa kokeellisessa musiikissa keksitään omaperäisiä soittimia ja ollaan tyytyväisinä marginaalissa’
Sat 21.10.2017
https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-9892678
Petteri Mäkiniemi, Tottumiskysymys & Ville Olaskari, Jarno Tikka – Suvi Linnovaara duo, Desert M, Esa Ruoho, Juha-Matti Rautiainen.

Akusmata Sound Festival 2017

Akusmata Sound Festival 2017
1.9. – 3.9.2017

LIVE

WEDNESDAY 30.8.  |  18:00 – 22:00  |  Akusmata
Pre-Festival Event: City Escapes (EST, FIN)

 

FRIDAY 1.9.  |  19:00 – 22:00 Akusmata

Biblioteq Mdulair (SUI, FRA) & Synkie (SUI): Emma Souharce, Daniel Maszkowicz, Max Egger
dno< sound theater
(AUS, RUS): Denis Sorokin, Sergei Tumanov

 

SATURDAY 2.9.  |  19:00 – 22:00 |  Akusmata
Peak to Valley Ratio (DE): Adda Schade, David Krützkamp
Desert M (FIN): Valtteri Hyvärinen
Tottumiskysymys
(FIN): Olli Haveri, Jukka Laine, Ville Olaskari

 

SUNDAY 3.9.  |  18:00 – 22:00  |  Akusmata
Elías Merino (ESP)
Petteri Mäkiniemi (FIN)
Jarno Tikka & Suvi Linnovaara (FIN)
Housefire (USA):  Luciann Waldrup

20:00 Outdoor audiovisual concert | Tukholma park
City Mirage (SWE, FIN): Nina-Maria Oförsagd, PerViktor Hjalmarsson, Petri Kuljuntausta, Daniel Nyman, Jarno Tikka & Suvi Linnovaara

 

FULL PROGRAM (pdf) 

City Escapes

City Escapes (EST, FIN)

Thursday 24.8.2017
18.00 – 22:00

Installation opens at 18:00
Live concert starts at 20:30

Taiteiden yö / Night of the Arts Event


City Escapes:

Vesa Kartesalo (FIN), synths, keys
Evelin Kask (EST), visuals, video
Annika Laaksonen (FIN), voice, electronics
Tuomo Noppari (FIN), sounds, electronics

 

City Escapes is a cross-disciplinary art work between three musicians and one visual artist. In this site-specific work, sound and visuals cross and merge a constant dialogue. City Escapes consists of half-improvised electronic sounds and poetry singing, physical installation and video work. It focuses on the fragmentation of our time: we exist in one physical place, yet we exceed it, functioning simultaneously in-between parallel mental spaces, spaces of otherness.

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Vesa Kartesalo is an electronic music producer. He has deepened his understanding of electronic sound by designing and assembling parts of his modular system himself. Currently his work relies heavily on unconventional melodies, harmonies and rhythms, remaining rooted in the mainstream electonic and pop music.

Evelin Kask is a visual artist working mainly with the concepts of time and entropy, and the cyclic process of creation, destruction and recreation. She has exhibited in Finland and abroad, and works often across the field in collaboration with other artists.

Annika Laaksonen has a long history of singing different genres of music. Last few years she has been concentrating on electronic material including producing it on her own under the name of Blankau. On this night, she will use her ethereal yet soulful voice through a looping station.

Tuomo Noppari is a multi-instrumentalist with a taste for wide range of music. He’s known from the bands such as ‘N Stuff, Klasu and Koria Kitten Riot. He has also composed music for theater plays.

City Escapes on kolmen muusikon ja yhden visuaalisen taiteilijan välinen vuorovaikutteinen, puoli-improvisoitu tilateos, jossa ääni ja visuaalisuus lomittuvat toisiinsa toisiaan täydentäen, kommentoiden ja kumoten. City Escapes rakentuu tilaan levittäytyvästä installaatioteoksesta, puoli-improvisoidusta ääniteoksesta ja videoteoksesta. Ääniteoksessa yhdistyvät elektroniset biitit, kuplivat synamatot sekä runomuotoinen laulu.

City Escapes pohtii ajallemme tyypillistä tilan fragmentoitumista ja pirstaleisuutta. Olemme fyysisesti yhdessä tilassa ja silti muualla, virittäydymme samanaikaisissa rinnakkaisissa tiloissa, liikumme niiden välillä tietoisesti ja tiedostamatta.

LIVE; Stefan Christensen (USA), Andrea Camporotondo (ITA), Juha-Matti Rautiainen

Stefan Christensen (USA)
Andrea Camporotondo (ITA)
Juha-Matti Rautiainen

Friday 11.8.2017
19.00 – 22:00
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee
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Stefan Christensen
(USA)

Since the demise of long-running New Haven punk outfit Estrogen Highs, the bands’ leader, Stefan Christensen, has stayed busy with an outpouring of solo recording. Incorporating influences ranging from Xpressway/Precious Metal Records artists like The Dead C, Gate, Alastair Galbraith, and Peter Jefferies, the UK DIY scene, Ohio weirdo and outsider punks, and the Twisted Village contingent, and always tinging it with his own personal brand of song writing and noise making, to create sounds that drive forward, despite their keen observance of the past. With songs ranging from 40 second damaged acoustics to 20 minute freakout noise jams, the exact sound is hard to peg down.
The live shows see Stefan solo or joined by ‘Friends,’ a revolving door of New Haven noise makers, who create often lengthy free form rock music. Stefan’s first solo cassette was recently reissued by Minneapolis’ Night People Records, and two upcoming releases on Buffalo’s the Loki Label loom just around the corner, with even more coming down the line on the newly minted C/Site Recordings.



Andrea Camporotondo (ITA)
Born Roma 15/08/71. Lived in Australia Melbourne from 1994 to 2006, living in Helsinki Finland since June 2006. Member of Australian Psy/ Experimental/ Prog/ Ambient band Lung UPC, ex-member of Italian Grunge/Metal bands DTM and Mud, as lead guitarist. Since technology has entered in to my life I have recorded few solo albums. I started last year when I reluctantly decided to plug my beautiful guitar into the computer. So far I’ve made a few albums, Voices, The Red Prince, Running Out Of It, Rusty The Rat, The Enigmatik, Attention to Coordination, The Search, Northern Chills, The Holiday, The Giant, Singles, The Notepad.



Juha-Matti Rautiainen / Mr. Randomizer
I’ve been working on some new material for the next album and about three tracks have been skecthed at the moment. This time I’ve got a coherent concept in my head so the compositions will be going through stricter selection. The theme that is swirling around in my head is quite dark, so the outcome will be more or less darker than my previous album. I’m trying to compose the rest of the material during the summer and I hope that the album would see the light not later than next year.
There are also three outtakes from “The Endless Now…” and they’re waiting to be mixed. They’re very different in mood from the ones that I’ve worked recently, so they won’t be fitting on the forthcoming album. They are most likely the most optimistic and accessible tracks that I’ve recorded. I’m going to publish them at my bandcamp as soon as I get them mixed.
…And finally an advertisement: If you would like to have a physical copy of “The Endless Now…”, act quickly! There are only 35 copies left… It can be ordered from bandcamp.

LIVE: Stefkovic van Interesse (DE)​ & Static Noise Bird

Helsingin Sähkö, in collaboration with the Akusmata Sound Gallery, is proud to present an evening of extraordinary ambient music.

​​Stefkovic van Interesse (DE)​
​​Static Noise Bird​

​Saturday 5.​8.2017​
​​Doors at 7 PM, music at 8 PM​
​​Free admission, donations to the musicians most welcome!​

Stefkovic van Interesse (DE)
Shaking jungles, melting mountains, journeys into freezers, speaking wood, burning snow, rolling metal. Stefkovic van Interesse is building new scenarios and changes natural laws. His collection of alienated field recordings creates perfect illusions for your mind.


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Static Noise Bird
The Helsinki-based electronic wizard Static Noise Bird’s first-ever live set will feature special ambient versions of his hypnotic rhythmic works as well as unreleased material. SNB’s music invites to explore massive mountains of cool modern electronic sounds.

LIVE: Sonja Horlacher (GER) & JP Kervinen

Sonja Horlacher (GER) & JP Kervinen

Wednesday 12.7.2017
19.00 – 22:00 PM

Voluntary 5 euro entry fee
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Sonja Horlacher, flutes
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, computer

Music for flute and/or computer, glitch, drones and minimal(ist) compositions and improvisations, human/computer interactions and transformations.

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Sonja Horlacher
Sonja Horlacher born 1984 in Eutin, northern Germany, studied flute with Angela Firkins in Lübeck and a specialized master in contemporary music with Mike Svoboda in Basel. Sonja is interested in various kinds of music and performs a wide range of styles: ancient music, classical, contemporary, free improvisation and rock. A special dedication of hers is the microtonal repertoire, which she keeps exploring on her instrument.
She has collaborated with composers such as G.F. Haas, Bernhard Lang, Manfred Stahnke, Anne La Berge and played at international festivals, among them the Lucerne Festival, Festival Rümlingen, Musikfest Bremen, Chiffren-Kieler Tage für Neue Musik, Off-Festival Donaueschingen and November Music (NL).

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (b. 1961) is a Finnish composer, writer and visual artist. He is mainly focused on computer-generated /-assisted compositions, improvisations and various techno/ electronic/glitch productions and live performances.
Listen: Soundcloud

LIVE: Pas Musique (USA), Obsidian Sustain

Pas Musique (USA)
Obsidian Sustain

 Sunday 9.7.2017
Opening time: 18:00 PM

Voluntary 5 euro entry fee.

Live Stream here.


 

Pas Musique

Pas Musique (USA) is a group which creates musical output through the form of abstract sound. The term ‘Pas Musique’ translates to ‘not music’ in french, metaphorically negating everything that is established in music and starts from a clean perspective. The viewpoint fuels our creativity to create our own world of beauty. The aesthetic underpinnings are defined by the notion that music can be whatever the ear perceives. It’s a conception fueled by the love of life and art. It’s a desire for honest artistic self-expression.Pas Musique started in 1995 out of Brooklyn, NY, USA, driven by the creative talents of Robert L. Pepper working in the mediums of sound and video. Since then Pas Musique has evolved into a collective with many different instrumentations and lineups. Permanent members include Jon “Vomit” Worthley, Michael Durek, and Robert Pepper. An additional past member was Amber Brien until 2015. Guests and occasional collaborators include, Brett Zweiman, David Tamura, Cathy Heyden, Jim Tuite, Brandstifter, Robin Storey, Philippe Petit, ZEV!, HATI, Steve Beresford, Will Seesar, Matt Chilton, Anthony Donovan, Chester Hawkins, and many others. Pas Musique have numerous releases and collaborations. Pas Musique have performed in 17 countries and all throughout the United States. Sound and video installations have also included Chile and the United States. Pas Musique also curates events in New York such as Experi-MENTAL nights, Ambient-Chaos nights and the Experi-MENTAL Festival once a year.http://www.pasmusique.net


Obsidian Sustain

Obsidian Sustain merge visuals and brooding soundscapes to mold a corrupt version of reality. The music evolves throughout the show and sets roots in subliminal images.Obsidian Sustain consists of sound artist Kenneth Kovasin ([ówt krì]) and visual artist Jan Forsman (Jan Forsman contemporary).