Archive for August, 2017


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.