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My composition SaCD entitled HyperOrganism will be released in the concert of Kujala-Pietilä Treatment in June 2 at Ackté Club in Kallio Church.
The CD is produced by Alba Records and consists of my concerto CybOrgan for organ, string orchestra and live-electronics performed by Susanne Kujala, organ and the string players of Uusinta Ensemble and TampereRaw & Hyperchromatic Counterpoint for pre-recorded 5.1 surround and quarter tone accordion performed by yours truly. The SaCD includes both 5.1 and stereo layers and is playable on any CD, DVD or Bluetooth player. The inspiring liner notes are written by professor Esko Valtaoja to whom I have dedicated CybOrgan.
I am thrilled that this long project has finally come to conclusion!
Created on Sunday, 03 April 2016 18:48
About ten years ago I had the possibility to perform a live score to F.W. Murnau's classic film Nosferatu together with virtuoso bass player/composer Lauri Porra. Now we are uniting our forces again to perform a new live score featuring some quarter-tones and live-electronics on April 23rd 9.30 p.m. at Tampere Ylioppilasteatteri. I am thrilled to work on this cinematographic masterpiece and to have the chance to play together with one of my all time favourite musicians!
Created on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 14:31
The University of Ljubljana in Slovenia organizes on March 8-12 a new international accordion festival in partnership with Academy of Music in Pula, Conservatoire of Music G. Tartini (Trieste) and the Sibelius-Academy (Helsinki). Within the framework of this festival I will give a masterclass and a lecture concert on the theme "The Evolution of Concert Accordion - Past and Future from a Finnish Point-of-view". Looking forward to meet some interesting new colleagues and students!
Created on Friday, 22 January 2016 09:15
On February 18th I have a great pleasure to work for the first time with the Seinäjoki City Orchestra. They will perform my challenging chamber concerto DAI, which is a hommage to Dai Vernon, the greatest and most influential magician of the 20th century. I will join the orchestra with the Finnish premiere of Double II by excellent Spanish composer Jesús Torres. We will also perform some tangos by Astor Piazzolla, the father of tango nuevo. The concert will be conducted by professor Ari Rasilainen.
Created on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 23:14
I have just returned back to Berlin from a lovely tour with Trio Internazionale featuring Harri Sjöström (sopranino and soprano saxes), Gianni Mimmo (soprano sax) and myself on quarter-tone accordion. We had concerts in Meiningen, Munich, Nordhausen, Jena and finally in Berlin featuring also Mexican vibraphonist Emilio Gordoa.
James Wood has composed a new work Lamentations for 12 singers, 2 clarinets, viola da gamba and accordion which will be premiered on 7th and 8th of November in Berlin Parochialkirche (near Alexanderplatz). Mr. Wood himself will conduct Berlin Vocalconsort and our instrumental quartet. I am really looking forward to perform this huge work (32 minutes) with really great musicians.