Tampere Biennale showcases and introduces modern Finnish music in the city’s concert halls from 11th to 15th April 2018. Chosen as the Festival of the year 2018 by Finland Festivals, this year’s theme is Free radicals. The name refers to the importance of art as a spiritual resource, as well as to the creative independence required in making art. The featured performances explore, among other topics, the theatre of sound, the relationship between composing music and doing performance art, and the effects kinetic art has on music.
The Biennale features roughly fifteen premieres. Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra premieres the latest work by “Shaman of Jyväskylä” Kimmo Kuokkala, Industralis, which studies movement and sensitivity with a soft touch. Some of the festival’s own commissions include Lintukoto, a sound installation by Max Savikangas, and Veli Kujala’s virtuoso piece, with ÄÄNI collective giving it its debut performance.
One of the festival’s highlights will take place in Raatihuone with the premiere of Silvia ja Minä, a chamber opera starring Johanna Rusanen-Kartano and Riikka Hakola. The opera is composed by Markus Fagerudd.
International guest performers, the German Ensemble Garage and the Danish Esbjerg Ensemble, will be performing their unique new repertoire as well as exquisite Finnish novelty pieces. In addition, the theme concerts of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival will introduce many new faces of British modern music, featuring The Riot Ensemble and John Butcher.
Mental Alaska has been involved in designing the evening club events, which allows voices from the more experimental scene to be heard. Friday night the 13th of April gives us Draama-Helmi and DXXXA D & Nukkehallitus, those excellently eccentric spoken word artists of the Finnish rap scene, as well as Keijut, the dream-team of Finnish synthesizer music. On the following Saturday, the Biennale turns the spotlight on in TTT-Klubi, where the trio Elifantree launches their new record Animone in a concert treating their listeners with experimental and electroacoustic, but nonetheless catchy pop and jazz music.
Jointly produced with Tampere Art Museum, the festival’s sound art exhibition will give special focus to kinetic art. The exhibition will display works spanning from the 1960’s to this day, in venues such as Galleria Saskia, Galleria Rajatila, Galleria Himmelblau and the Tampere Hall’s Winter Garden.
The programme for Tampere Biennale for 2018 has been designed by the festival’s artistic director, composer Sami Klemola.