Category: Live

Annika Fuhrmann & Tom Lönnqvist

Annika Fuhrmann & Tom Lönnqvist

Wednesday, 8.5.2024 at 19:00 -free entry-

Annika Fuhrmann, ihmisääni & efektit / voice & effects

Tom Lönnqvist, modulaarisyntetisaattori / modular synthesizer

Annika Fuhrmann is a versatile singer, musician, and sound artist, who is most at home in the fields of experimental music theater, sound art, improvisation, and contemporary music. Annika has premiered several works composed for her and has performed in interdisciplinary projects with artists from various fields. At the moment, she is drawn to honesty, roughness, incompleteness, and vulnerability in music making instead of technical perfection. Annika is eager to experiment with new working methods and constantly seeks new ways to express herself. This has also led to collaboration with Tom Lönnqvist.

Tom Lönnqvist is a sound, space, and performance artist based in Helsinki. He holds a master’s degree in sound and has been part of several acclaimed dance and theater productions. Tom’s artistic work includes working with body, modular synthesis, video, installation, painting, drums, and ambisonic field recordings. Collaboration with Annika Fuhrmann has emerged from an interest in exploring the potential of modulating the human voice as part of instantaneous composition made with electronic modular synthesis.

The German electronic music label Mille Plateaux has released Annika’s and Tom’s debut performance Live at Asbestos Art Space.,


Two solos:

Wednesday 17, 2024, 19:00-21:00
-free entry-

Philip Holm: Tailor’s Fiddle and Qwerty Kantele
Philip Holm performs solo with string instruments built from a sewing machine and a typewriter. The music of the tailor’s fiddle and qwerty kantele sets in a landscape of meditative ambient drawing inspiration from folk music, sound art and noise.
Holm is a musician from Helsinki, who plays in bands such as Barlast, Oiro Pena and Buko Shane. In 2023, he released a solo album Trådlös, played on a tailor’s fiddle.

Miio Holopainen: Violins, Viola.
Miio Holopainen is interested in “failure” that can happen during bow turns and instruments that in their own ways fail as fiddles but have something special as individuals. Their music pays attention to small but significant changes, decay, details and slow ways of becoming another. Scarcity, coincidence, susurrus, fumbling, mundaneness, simplicity and dust are present.

LIVE: Free Mu​sic Lovers: ​Markku Toikkanen & Timo Pyhälä

Free Mu​sic Lovers

​Markku Toikkanen & Timo Pyhälä

with Kaisa Kukkonen & Jussi Ulkuniemi: dance

​Wed 6.3.2024, 19:00 – 20:00.

-free entry-

Markku Toikkanen: Guitar, electronics.

Timo Pyhälä: Modified short scale upright bass-violin, piezo mic in saddle!

with Kaisa Kukkonen & Jussi Ulkuniemi: dance

FML-duon musiikki on avantgardea, joka syntyy vapaasta improvisaatiosta ja nykymusiikin aineksista.

Molemmilla soittajilla on kymmenien vuosien kokemus esiintymisistä useissa eri kokoonpanoissa, ja eri tyylilajeista, konserteissa ja festivaaleilla.

Muun muassa John Cagen sävellysseminaarissa Viitasaarella 1983 törmättiin moniin haasteisiin: melu, hitaus, hiljaisuus, päällekkäisiä rytmejä, tahtilajin ja sävellajin puuttuminen, ääniä nuottien välimaastossa, preparoidut instrumentit, epätyypilliset äänet ja -tekniikat…

Free Music Lowersin soitossa on ennustamattomuutta, spontaaneja rakenteita ja rakenteettomuuksia. Jos sallit, ne voivat rentouttaa ja viedä mielen syvälle alitajunnan rajapintaan. Tervetuloa yhteiselle sisäavaruuden matkalle!

Record release: Inner Space Travel Music for (Free Music) Lovers:

Kaisa Kukkonen & Jussi Ulkuniemi – tanssi
Tanssijat tuovat esitykseen kontakti-improvisaation liikekielen, joka perustuu fyysiseen kontaktiin, fysiikan lakeihin kuten painovoimaan ja kitkaan ja reagoimiseen siihen mitä on läsnä. He improvisoivat kosketuksella, läheisyydellä ja liikkeellä. Kontakti-improvisaatio on postmoderni tanssilaji, joka on alkanut 1960 ja -70 -luvuilla vapaan improvisaation ja muun muassa John Cagen vaikuttamisen aikaan Pohjois-Amerikassa.
Jussi Ulkuniemi
Kaisa Kukkonen

LIVE: Vomitriste, Sounds from the Marshes, [ówt krì]

Vomitriste, Sounds from the Marshes, [ówt krì]

A Night of diverse Dark Ambient music.

Sat 27.1.2024

18:30 Doors
19:00 Showtime

1. [ówt krì]
2. Sounds from the Marshes
3. Vomitriste

[ówt krì] is a dark ambient project from Helsinki, Finland, weaving abstract soundscapes and dark sound textures that explore the darkest corners of humanity and the mind. The soundscapes are organic compositions that are created with sound looping, effects and DIY instruments of his own making.

Sounds From The Marshes is a solo ambient/post-rock solo project started in 2013 by an Italian artist moved to Finland, consisting exclusively of guitar loops enriched with reverbs and delays.

Vomitriste is a Finnish drone noise/dark ambient duo coining together massive evocative walls of sound and hypnotic visuals. The pair has been involved in mutual musical endeavours for years, and Vomitriste first saw the light of day in the summer of 2022 after other exhausting recording bouts led to an improvised session with analog synths on a quiet Sunday afternoon. After discovering themselves anew amidst dynamic freeform sonics, E & E knew right there on the spot that it needed to be turnt into a full-fledged band aimed at aural and visual exploration and experimentation without further boundaries.
With the initial session leading the way, the duo then went on to record three more albums live, totaling to a four distinct records each with their own main motifs and themes. The first four albums came out in 2022, with the fifth effort “Pavor” coming out in May 2023. Each album has a visual projection counterpart running throughout their full durations, each digging into different themes from the wonders of nature to ever-evolving captivating geometry, and from industrial hues to ritualistic notions, to name a few, and will be utilised in a live setting as well. Together, the projections paired with the music create an immersive and holistic
experience with a signature feel and an aesthetic unique to Vomitriste.
Bandcamp, Youtube, and Instagram pages for Vomitriste can be all found at

Album Release: Post Doom Romance – Live at Akusmata

Post Doom Romance – Live at Akusmata Helsinki 7.27.2023

The new album recorded in Akusmata was released on Christmas Day 25.12.2023.

Improvised Music: Kriton Beyer, Libero Mureddu & Lauri Hyvärinen and Livia Schweizer & Jukka Kääriäinen

Improvised Music:

Kriton Beyer, Libero Mureddu & Lauri Hyvärinen
and Livia Schweizer & Jukka Kääriäinen

Two sets of improvised music at Akusmata Gallery
1. set Livia Schweizer & Jukka Kääriäinen
2. set Kriton Beyer & Lauri Hyvärinen
Friday 15.12.2023, 19:00 – 21:00

Livia Schweizer (b.1994) is a flutist, improvisor, researcher and educator. Born and raised in Italy, she is now based in Helsinki. She is known for her interest in improvisation and non-conventional music notation as a tool of bringing together creative souls from different backgrounds and cultures.
After graduating from the conservatory of Livorno in Mauro Rossi’s class, attracted by the contemporary music scene in Finland, Livia moved to Helsinki to study at Sibelius Academy with Mikael Helasvuo. Since moving to Helsinki Livia had the possibility to take part in several contemporary music and interdisciplinary projects with the Nyky-ensemble, Korvat Auki, the UMUU-ensemble, Eloa ry, Tampering and has performed in festivals such as the Flow Festival, Helsingin Juhlaviikot, the UNM Festival, Tulkinnanvaraista, Luosto Soi, Hiljaisuus Festival, Jauna Muzika (Lituania), Soundscapesberlin (Germany), and Musica Nova.
Currently a member of the European Composer Improvisers Orchestra, she is also part of the Helsinki-based Septad Ensemble focused on the concept of composing music on the spot. In addition to that, she is a co-founder of the Earth Ears Ensemble mostly dedicated to performing new music written by lesser-known composers. More infos:

Jukka Kääriäinen is a musician and sound artist based in Helsinki Finland. Jukka is specialized in the field of experimental music and arts and is an active performer in the Finnish scene of improvised and contemporary music. Jukka is a member of contemporary music ensemble Sähkökitarakvartetti. He has collaborated with musicians such as Teppo Hauta-Aho, Kalle Kalima, Harri Sjöström, Emilio Gordoa, Elena Kakaliagou, Rieko Okuda, Antti Virtaranta, Anil Eraslan, Mikko Innanen, Kriton Beyer and Roomet Jakapi and premiered pieces by composers such as Sebastian Hilli, Riikka Talvitie, Sami Klemola, Clara de Asis and Tytti Arola.

Kriton Beyer is a Greek-German musician and composer, who – as a performer and improviser – mainly works with the harmonium and the daxophone. He studied musicology in Greece where he collaborated with a variety of local music groups as well as musicians like Sakis Papadimitriou and Floros Floridis. In 2004 he moved to Berlin, where he got heavily involved in the improvised music scene of the city. Since then he has worked with many musicians like Phil Minton, Audrey Chen, Steve Noble, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Axel Dörner, Liz Kosack, Kresten Osgood, Tristan Honsinger, Tomomi Adachi, Richard Scott, Willi Kellers, Matthias Bauer, Antonis Anissegos, Olaf Rupp, Alexei Borisov, Els Vandeweyer, Harri Sjöström, Nicola Hein and Liz Allbee, dancers like Yuko Kaseki and visual artists like Akiko Nakayama. Kriton Beyer founded the “FRAGMENTATION ORCHESTRA“, is a member of the electroacoustic trio “uproot” and the ensembles “Redox Reaction” and FDBK EXPT. In his work with the harmonium, Kriton Beyer uses both the natural sound of his instrument and “traditional” playing techniques as well as preparations, objects and extended techniques, while his daxophone play is characterized by a very personal musical and sonic aesthetic, and an unconventional technique, sometimes also supported by the subtle use of electronics. As an improvising musician, he has performed throughout Europe. His compositions are usually characterized by conceptualism. Kriton Beyer has also conceived and commissioned the music software CinePrompt®, which was specially developed for the use for live musical performance and live recording to films. Kriton Beyer also curates and manages the concert series and record label “THE PROCRUSTEAN BED”, dedicated to Experimental & Improvised Music.

Libero Mureddu, born in Milan in 1975 and based in Helsinki since 2003, he has studied composition at the Conservatory “G. Verdi” of Milan and music technology at the Centre for Music and Technology, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. He is currently doing his artistic doctorate at the MuTri Doctoral School at the Sibelius Academy. In his research, Libero Mureddu investigates the role of embodied knowledge in a free improvisation performance, and how this knowledge can be observed, analysed, and used to develop free improvisation languages. Libero Mureddu’s doctorate is generously supported by the Kone Foundation. Since 2009 Libero Mureddu is the general manager of the NYKY Ensemble, the contemporary music ensemble of the Sibelius Academy. The NYKY Ensemble is nowadays considered as an important member of the Finnish contemporary music scene. Active as a teacher, he teaches free and electroacoustic improvisation at the Sibelius Academy. Libero Mureddu is the Sibelius Academy’s representative of the METRIC (Modernising European Higher Music Education through Improvisation) project, a cooperative forum between several European conservatoires that focuses on curriculum development and cooperation in the field of improvisation in higher music education.

Lauri Hyvärinen (b. 1986, Helsinki) uses guitar as his main sound source. His sound and music related activities are of theoretical and practical nature, of which improvisation remains as his primary medium and interest. Hyvärinen utilises the possibilities of improvisation with minimalist structures in search for shared and intensified social and spatial constructions. His discography includes several solo and collaborative releases on labels in Japan, Europe and US, including ftarri, AKTI and Dinzu Artefacts. His latest solo release Cut Contexts, a series of multilocational and processual electroacoustic compositions was released in November 2021 by Intonema. He has toured and performed extensively across Europe, Japan and the US at venues and festivals such as Wien Modern, Cafe Oto, Fort Process, Rhizome, Fylkingen, Le Non Jazz, Mengi and Musica Nova, collaborating with artists such as Seijiro Murayama, Taku Sugimoto, Angharad Davies, Clara de Asís, Daichi Yoshikawa, Jone Takamäki and Ilia Belorukov. As part of Sähkökitarakvartetti, he has premiered music from composers such as Clara de Asís, Kalle Kalima, Sami Klemola, Meriheini Luoto, Laura Naukkarinen (Lau Nau) and Riikka Talvitie.

LIVE: Xenia Ramm – The Silence of Sea Tower

Xenia Ramm
The Silence of Sea Tower / Release #2

Wednesday 11.10.2023 at 18-20.

There is a tower by the sea. An artist is in a pocket of the tower, works, lives in the tower, is still in the tower. The tower speaks, the artist listens. In the night, when the tower is silent, the artist sings and the tower listens. In the night, when the tower is silent, the artist can hear the sea in her pocket.

The Silence of Sea Tower is an auto fictional, site-specific sound art piece, painting a sonic portrait of a building and the liminal aural space between its inhabitants.
9 months of recordings, of the noisy silence in the artist’s studio, is released as soundscape on cassette tape. The work situates itself between ambient noise music, field recording and conceptual spatial art, curating an experience of a place and allowing that place to travel.

The Silence of Sea Tower is performed as the concert iteration Narrative Noise, incorporating elements of storytelling and opening hidden, anthropomorphic aspects of the work.
The composition is deconstructed and reconstructed live, every performance presenting a unique version of the piece.
The concert is played by an orchestra of analogue tape players, each adding their own mechanical sounds and characteristics to the mix.

This event is the second release party for The Silence of Sea Tower, self-released by Xenia Ramm / Merry Thorny Productions.
The tape can be purchased at the event.

Upcoming cassette performances:
22.9.23 / Levoton Tutkimus / Uniarts Fest -taidefestivaali, Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemia HKI
11.10.23 / The Silence of Sea Tower / Release #2 / Akusmata HKI
October / The Silence of Sea Tower / TBA CPH

LIVE: Ilia Belorukov & Lauri Hyvärinen

Ilia Belorukov & Lauri Hyvärinen

Wednesday 4.10.2023 at 19-20
Voluntary entry fee 5-10€

Ilia Belorukov – modular synthesizer
Lauri Hyvärinen – electric guitar

Ilia Belorukov and Lauri Hyvärinen met in 2012 at a jam session in Helsinki, a starting point for their long-term friendship and work. Together they played with a variety of musicians before starting their duo. Beginning with free improvisation traditions and continuing with quiet contemporary compositions, the musicians now approach their music from a more compositional point of view, carefully choosing each sound they produce. Their range of sounds is wide, ranging from the surfaces of acoustic instruments such as saxophone or guitar to feedback in effect pedals chain or software/hardware modular synthesizer. The duo has released several albums on labels such as Hemisphäre no kukyo (AU), Pan Y Rosas Discos (USA), Attenuation Circuit (DE), Paahtimo Sounds (FI), Rypistellyt Levyt (FI) and Spina!Rec (RU). Ilia and Lauri did their first major tour in November 2017 in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and France after several shorter stints in Finland, Russia and the Baltic States. In 2018 the duo played at Noise & Fury 17 Festival in Moscow. In February 2019 they toured in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic and Germany.

Kenneth Kovasin: DIY – Do It Yourself

Kenneth Kovasin
DIY – Do It Yourself

2. 5.8.2023, 14:00-18:00 (daily)

CLOSING CONCERT: 5.8.2023, 18:00: BRYSKT (after the exhibition closes)

During the COVID pandemic I started a harsh noise project “BRYSKT” that focused on a number of aspects: my passion for building instruments, my bi-lingual Fenno-Swedish legacy and harsh violent music. What started as a therapy project has become a massive part of what I do. “DIY – Do It Yourself” is a testament to 3 years of finding my voice as a harsh noise musician, through replication and creation of tools of the trade based on pictures and ideas which I found online.
The spark for the instruments constructed for this project has been ignited by products found in hardware- and hobby-stores in addition to developing ideas which were inspired by other people. All the parts are commercially available including basic microphones, and instrument and effects pedal components. Everyday objects can be easily combined into weird tools of sonic mayhem.
In the exhibition “DIY – Do It Yourself” you will have the possibility of trying out an array of different self-made instruments and filling the room with a soundscape interactively conjured up with these tools. All instrument sounds will be processed in an effects chain which is similar to the one which I use to create the noise frequencies for “BRYSKT”.

Kenneth Kovasin is a Fenno-Swedish sound artist and experimental musician from Helsinki, Finland. His works are created with self-built instruments and are often minimalistic.
Kenneth has toured at festivals in the United States, Sweden and Estonia with his project [ówt krì] and has performed many concerts in Finland.
Kenneth’s first sound installation “Urban Evolution” was on display during the (con)temporary festival organized by LéSPACE in Helsinki between September 18th and October 3rd, 2015.
“From Bow to Stem – A Daxophone study” was exhibited at Akusmata in Helsinki between August 3rd to 7th 2020. For the festival “Porvoon Lights” in 2023 Kenneth collaborated with light artist Janne Parviainen on his creation “Vapautuminen”, providing an accompanying soundscape with the track “Flight to Kailash”.
When not performing music Kenneth also produces concerts in cooperation with the Akusmata Sound Gallery. He is also one of the founding members of Frekvenssi, a collective promoting audial art in Finland.

LIVE: Post Doom Romance, Off-World Moments, [ówt krì]

Post Doom Romance / Off-World Moments / [ówt krì]

Live at Akusmata on 27.7.2023

18:30 Doors
19:00 [ówt krì]
19:30 Off-World Moments
20:00 Post Doom Romance

Post Doom Romance

DADA-esque assemblages of sound and image passed back and forth
like love letters between seah and mykel boyd.

Off-World Moments
“The aim is to form a contact with Music and play notes that are true.”
Off-World Moments is the ambient music project created by the Finnish musician, dancer and multidisciplinary artist Lauri Peltonen.
Off-World Moments trusts the power of Music and Silence and their ability to transform and elevate our lives. As the name suggests the moments that are captured in sound are moments that unite different worlds. The voyage of Off-World Moments has just begun and it might lead us into unexpected places!

[ówt krì]
[ówt krì] is a dark ambient project from Helsinki native Kenneth Kovasin that inspects dark sound textures. In his music he weaves abstract soundscapes that explore the darkest corners of humanity and the mind. The soundscapes are organic compositions that are created with sound looping, effects and DIY instruments.