© Ville Mattila
Concert

defunensemble

Veli-Matti Puumala: Angular Objects in Liquid Time (2018, first performance)
Jan Anderzén: Nuotiossa (2016)
Asta Hyvärinen: Improbable (first performance)
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Solo (1965/66)
Hikari Kiyama: Death Metal Rock with Headbang (2014)

Hanna Kinnunen – flute, Mikko Raasakka – clarinet, Lily-Marlene Puusepp - harp, Emil Holmström - piano, Markus Hohti - cello, Anders Pohjola - elektronics, Timo Kurkikangas - elektronics

The concert ends at about 20.15.

This programme features works commissioned by defunensemble in recent years and the classic Solo (1965–1966) by Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007). Based on loops and feedbacks, it is performed in a cello version by Markus Hohti.

Jan Anderzén’s (b. 1978) art is rooted in international sub-cultures that emphasise individual creativity and collective action. Nuotiossa (In the campfire) is based on a collective sound score that is piped into the performers’ headphones in performance. The performance is thus a counterpoint between the musicians’ interpretation and the prefabricated recording. The work was commissioned and premiered by defunensemble in 2016.

Composer Asta Hyvärinen (b. 1963) describes her new work Improbable: “This work should actually be called Highly Improbable, because at one point it looked so very unlikely that I would ever complete it. When the electronic version was already well advanced, Pro Tools suddenly brought up the message ‘Access violation occurred’ when I was shutting down the program, and everything I had done up to then disappeared at a single mouse click. This was followed by what could be politely described as a period of intense frustration.” But in the end, the work was completed on time, and its premiere at the Tampere Biennale is going ahead as planned!

The programme further includes a new work by Veli-Matti Puumala (b. 1965). “It features angular objects that struggle in the vortex of time, in a constantly changing tempo, without being able to properly latch on to any speed. Nevertheless, they attempt to form chains and build larger entities. The electronics part is compiled from various sources, mostly field recordings made by myself. Its purpose is on the one hand to deepen the sound of the instrument ensemble and on the other hand to provide a context against which the live music-making can happen. The work was commissioned by and is joyously dedicated to defunensemble.” (Veli-Matti Puumala 2018)

The uptempo and energetic Death Metal Rock with Head Bang by Japanese composer Hikari Kiyama (b. 1983) was also commissioned by defunensemble. The work was premiered at Kiyama’s composition concert in 2014, given by defunensemble at the Music Centre in Helsinki.

- Sami Klemola