Yearly archive 2011
Hearing the Self through the Other

Hearing the Self through the Other

Erik Bergman spent nearly half of his life travelling and visited almost every corner of the globe. Although he was a true cosmopolitan and exoticist, he managed to maintain a recognisable and personal musical style in all his compositions. For Bergman, foreign cultures were objects to identify with rather than mere reservoirs for musical ideas....
Inspiring India

Inspiring India

All musicians seek inspiration, sometimes on the other side of the world. Eero Hämeenniemi, a Finnish composer of classical music, works in close partnership with top Indian musicians, while Kiureli Sammallahti sings Indian Bhangra music in Finnish.

Jimi Tenor – A master with his own tools

Jimi Tenor has never been an easy subject for anyone trying to label his work. Seemingly free of genre boundaries, the musical vocabulary in Tenor-land has just expanded further with his new project, Itetune. This time the artist has even created his own instruments.

Cultural combinations – Editorial from FMQ 4/2011

"Music has long been open to influences from foreign cultures. These influences have been utilized in producing high-quality Finnish world music, as well as modernist classical music. Take, for example, Erik Bergman whose centenary we are celebrating in this magazine, or one of the newer faces like Jimi Tenor, who perfectly represents a type of...

Records for a new generation

New children's music has been a popular topic in Finland since the early 2000's. Following the success of Ipanapa and Ella ja Aleksi, even major record labels have taken a newfound interest in children's music.

Tales on stage

Operas and other stage works to be performed by and for children have been written in Finland since the 1940s. A new boom began in the 1980s and is still going strong.

Jori’s musical stories

Georg "Jori" Malmstén (1902-1981) took his first steps towards a musical career as a member of a brass band. Later, while majoring in instrumental performance at the conservatory, he chose singing as a minor subject, and singing was later to become his primary mode of expression. In the 1920s he studied classical voice and sang...

Children are the future – Editorial from FMQ 3/2011

"Rather than being a separate category, children's is nowadays a specific consumer segment in a variety of musical genres. It has commercial potential in that parents are prepared to pay for their children's music. In this they may be motivated by many ideologies: a desire to educate, to provide opportunities, or to recreate personal childhood...

The dream of a hundred years

Despite repeated and persistent efforts spanning a century, Helsinki has never had a true orchestral concert hall until this year. The new Music Centre, opening in August 2011, is the first ever venue in Finland's capital city specifically designed and intended for the performing of symphonic music.

A bird of his own feather (on Hannu Lintu)

The Music Centre represents a number of challenges for conductor Hannu Lintu, forthcoming Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He foresees not only a brilliant sound but increasing competition.

New space for music – Editorial from FMQ 2/2011

"A perennial anomaly in Finnish music has finally been put right: the national capital now has a concert hall that is up to international standards. And even more than that, the new Music Centre also contains several smaller halls for various purposes and different kinds of music, besides providing up-to-date facilities for the Finnish Radio...

Sebastian Fagerlund – full speed ahead

The music of composer Sebastian Fagerlund has always been characterised by an energetic and effortless forward motion. In recent years, his career has likewise gone full speed ahead.