Category: Live


Lasse-Marc Riek & Verena Freyschmidt: Schattenpfade Helsinki

Lasse-Marc Riek & Verena Freyschmidt
Schattenpfade Helsinki

An audio-visual installation

Multichannel sounds, Paper Art, Light

Open: 3.-6.4.2018

Opening Hours: 14-18, Tue-Fri

The concert of Lasse-Marc Riek on Friday 6.4. at 18:30.



Schattenpfade Helsinki
An audio-visual installation by Verena Freyschmidt and Lasse-Marc Riek.

The walk-in installation piece “Schattenpfade” by Verena Freyschmidt and a multichannel sound-composition by Lasse-Marc Riek. The cut-out traces abstract forms and structures are emphasized in their interplay with light. Emanating from multiple locations in the space, the composition of natural and artificial sounds completes the cut-out and lets emerge in an enticing atmosphere of sound, light, and shadow.
This work is designed and composed for the Akusmata.

As part of the exhibition, there will be a Gruenrekorder stand with recordings from the publication catalog.

Lasse-Marc Riek

Lasse-Marc Riek (1975, Germany) uses different forms of expression in his production methods. His works are interdisciplinary and can be conceived as groups of works of both visual art (action and conceptual art) and sound art. His art of sound can be described in terms such as acoustic ecology, bio acoustics and soundscapes.

Here, Riek uses field recordings, storing them with different recording media, editing, archiving, and presenting them in different contexts.

Since 1997, he has operated internationally with exhibitions, releases, concerts, lectures, workshops, awards, and projects and given performances in galleries, art museums, churches, and universities. He has made contributions in the public media as well as in public radio and received scholarships and artist-in-residence programs realized in Europe and Africa.

Riek is the owner of Gruenrekorder label, which is specialised on soundscape music and sound art.


Verena Freyschmidt
Verena Freyschmidt (1975, Frankfurt Germany) studied history and art education in Gießen from 1996 to 2000. Until 2002 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Mainz and from 2002 to 2006 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Since the end of 2015 she has been teaching at the Alanus University for Art and Society in Alfter near Bonn. She lives and works in Dusseldorf.

“In my work, the organic structures in nature are important,” says Freyschmidt, “lines and natural spaces, actually inner landscapes.” And: “It also has something to do with research, the microcosm and the macrocosm.” She is interested in “the fractal geometry of nature”, but also works with directed coincidence.

Freyschmidts materials are mainly the paper, the pen and the scissors. According to Katja Ebert-Krüdener, she takes lines, structures and formations from what she has seen and remembered, and puts them into new contexts. This results in large-format paper cuts, as well as free artistic creations and nature’s impressions. Like organic processes, fractal structures are increasingly conquering space.”

LIVE: Kim Myhr (NO), Tuomo Väänänen

KIM MYHR (NO)
TUOMO VÄÄNÄNEN

Saturday 10.3.2018
Doors 18:30, showtime 19:00
Voluntary entry fee 5e

The concert is supported by Puls / Nordisk Kulturfond.


KIM MYHR


Kim Myhr is one of the leading new voices of the Norwegian experimental music, both as a composer and guitarist. Myhr’s solo music can be described as an orchestral exploration of the 12-string guitar. It remind the listener of early music of Ligeti and of Morton Feldman, but it also contains an energy and simplicity similar to American folk music and Minimal music. He has released three solo records, ‘All Your Limbs Singing’ (2014), ‘Bloom’ (2016), and ‘You | Me’ (2017). The new release features contributions from drummers Tony Buck (The Necks), Hans Hulbækmo (Atomic) and Ingar Zach.
‘You | Me’ received an honourable mention at Nordic Music Prize 2018. Jury stated: “This is a sonically adventurous record, beautifully listenable and immersive but never wilfully difficult, spanning both the sound worlds of contemporary jazz guitar and modern classical music”.
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During 8.-10.3.2018 you can hear Kim Myhr’s music also at Mad House Helsinki. He has composed music for the dance work ‘Shaking The Libidinous’ by Orfee Schuijt (FR/NO).
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Kim Myhr – Sleep nothing, eat nothing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHJwo60dVrw

Kim Myhr – Bloom (Hubro) [Full Album]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gnPOu2ionc

https://soundcloud.com/kimmyhr

“Kim Myhr is a master of slow-morphing rhythms and sun-dappled textures that seem to glow from the inside…It’s an album to bolster the spirits and ground the nerves: travelling music for big-sky vistas.” ★★★★ / The Guardian

«Delicate and suffused with beauty, yet exudes a power derived from the clarity of its creative vision. Truly, an ocean of sound.» ★★★★ / MOJO

«A Tremendous Piece of Music» / BBC3 Late Junction

20 Best Classical Releases of 2017. / Scotland Herald



TUOMO VÄÄNÄNEN


Tuomo Väänänen (Helsinki, Finland) makes sounds and music with both electronic and acoustic means. Sometimes the outcome is built into a grid-like temporal structure, sometimes it flows freely in the space and around the listener. Tuomo is also part of Ljudverket, which is a small record label and a collective of like-minded musicians.

LIVE: Prestekveler, Libidog, Taneli Viljanen, Zherbin

Prestekveler (NO/ITA), Taneli Viljanen, Libidog, Zherbin

Friday 9.2.2018

Doors 18:30, showtime 19:00

Voluntary entry fee 5e

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Prestekveler (NO/ITA)
Paolo Gàiba-Riva – clarinet, electronics, field recordings
Dario Fariello – sopranino and soprillo sax, vcv rack

Prestekveler is a type of pasta, but also a duo consisting of Dario Fariello (saxophones) and Paolo Gàiba Riva (clarinet and electronics), two Italian musicians which are based in Norway.
The project was born in 2015, when Dario moved to Oslo. In the beginning the duo focused on acoustic music, later on shifted to noise textures. Nowadays at their concerts it is possible to listen to both.
Their setup includes amplified winds, viola feedbacker (an electric viola modified by the instrument maker Christian Blandhoel), live sound manipulation and field recordings.
Dario and Paolo have been touring together in Norway, Italy, France, Netherlands, Slovenia, Denmark, Greece and Spain and are planning to play in South Korea, China and Taiwan this year.
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Libidog 
Libidog (Elsa Heikkilä) is an edgy underground noise artist.
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Taneli Viljanen
Taneli Viljanen’s music consists of everyday noises and manipulation of sound producing objects that happen to be around, for example. Disparate sound elements are juxtaposed in surprising ways; no sound is innocent; nothing happens for a reason.
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Zherbin
Dmitri Zherbin is a musician and tape manipulator from Helsinki. He makes tape loop based experimental music. Reviewers have been describing some of Zherbin’s music as eerie, adventurous and primitive and comparing it to artists like Aaron Dilloway and The Skaters. Zherbin has several releases on different DIY labels and has also done live collaborations with artists like Andrea Pensado (USA), Jelena Glazova (Latvia) and Ilia Belorukov (Russia).

LIVE: Vongoiva

Vongoiva

‘The Web of Time’ / Ajan verkko, Album Release Event!

Audiovisual show by musician Heikki Lindgren and artist Ville Westerlund

Tuesday 23.1.2018
18.30 – 20:30 (Showtime 19:00)
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee

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VONGOIVA

Vongoiva is an audiovisual collaboration by Heikki Lindgren and Ville Westerlund. At Akusmata they’ll create a performance following the themes of the new release, “The Web of Time”.

“The Web of Time” describes the concept of time acquired by our own experiences, how it flows inexorably onwards. Centuries change like the sparse strokes of a clock: Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, the Middle Ages… Time before the human race and long after its end. Time when mankind learnt to enjoy beauty and began to create art.

We are accustomed to viewing the whole formation of our existence as past eras, with the present flowing into the past like a vast waterfall, carrying all the memories of humankind.

As a reminder of the very first moment of time, there is the constant hum of cosmic background radiation: a message from the very first oscillation, the moment when all matter was compressed into a single point. The moment when we all were one.

The composition concretizes time by way of image and sound. Depending on the position and velocity of the observer, sound condenses or stretches according to the Doppler effect. Redshift effect causes the same to happen to light. According to the relativistic Doppler-effect, the same analogy can be applied to the time itself when approaching the speed of light.

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Vongoiva on Heikki Lindgrenin ja Ville Westerlundin audiovisuaalinen kollaboraatio. Akusmatassa Vongoiva tekee esityksen kulkien uuden Ajan Verkko -julkaisun teemoissa.

Ajan verkko kuvaa oman kokemuksemme kautta saavutettua käsitystämme ajasta. Kuinka se kuluu eteenpäin vääjäämättömästi. Vuosisadat vaihtuvat kuin harvat kellonlyönnit. Kivikausi, pronssikausi, rautakausi, keskiaika…. Aika ennen ihmiskuntaa ja kauan sen jälkeen. Aika jolloin ihminen oppi nauttimaan kauneudesta ja alkoi kehittämään taiteita.

Olemme tottuneet tarkkailemaan koko olemassaolomme rakentumista menneinä kausina, nykyhetken vaipuessa tauotta osaksi historiaa kuin valtava putous, vieden tasapuolisesti koko ihmiskunnan muistot nykyhetkestä menneisyyteen.

Aivan aikojen alusta muistuttaa kaikkialla läsnä oleva kosmoksen taustakohina, joka on kuin meitä varten talletettu viesti ajan ensimmäisestä hetkestä. Siitä värähdyksestä, jolloin maailmankaikkeuden materia oli tiivistynyt yhteen pisteeseen. Hetkestä jolloin me kaikki olimme yhtä.

Teos konkretisoi äänen ja kuvan avulla aikaa, kuten tarkkailijan paikasta ja nopeudesta riippuen sama ääni joko tiivistyy tai venyy Doppler-ilmiön mukaisesti. Samalla tavalla käy valolle punasiirtymässä. Ja samaa analogiaa voi soveltaa myös ajalle relativistisen Doppler-siirtymän mukaan kun lähestytään valon nopeutta.

https://vongoiva.bandcamp.com/album/ajan-verkko

LIVE: Superalma Project (BRA) & Captain Heroin

SUPERALMA PROJECT (BRA)
CAPTAIN HEROIN


Wednesday 17.1.2018
18.30 – 22:00 (Showtime 19:00)
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee

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Superalma Project (BRA)

Superalma Project was founded in 2014 by the Brazilian sound designer, music researcher and producer Igor Almeida.
The project aims to present a sound experience that unfolds through the mixing of a wide musical spectrum, bringing influences like dark ambient, drone, glitch, idm, noise and power electronics.

On January, 17th Akusmata Soundgallery presents a concert of Superalma Project, which is playing its 6th and 7th albums: “Cura circum animum mei intorquet ut in sella mei sedeo” and “Non – Genesis”, among new stuff!

https://superalma.bandcamp.com/
https://facebook.com/superalmaproject

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Captain Heroin

Helsinki based Experimental Ambient sound artist Fredrik Willberg brings forth conceptual and cinematic sounds inspired by desolation under the moniker Captain Heroin.
For the moment consumed by scavenging archived recordings he also does rare live events as will be witnessed at Akusmata Soundgallery 17th of January 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/captainheroin
https://captainheroin.bandcamp.com/

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.