The Finnish arts subsidy system is considered efficient and effective by international standards. However, a recent report by the Finnish Cultural Foundation reveals that the structure is beginning to show its age. Change is desired by many, but sweeping visions for the future are offered by few, the FCF says....
"Whether this is an opera, a form of music theatre, a happening or an extravaganza does not matter."
"Besides being a top-notch player, Patrik Kleemola is a relentless commissioner of new guitar compositions. (-) Otto Tolonen puts premieres and musical short stories aside in favour of two mammoth cornerstone-compositions of contemporary classical guitar."
"The album as a whole is moving; nostalgia in its many forms is woven into the music, and longing is expressed through carefully selected instrumental combinations."
"Crime jazz or soundtrack sounds? Yes, but in addition to allusions of the ’60s there are other things to chew on in Jimi Tenor and UMO Jazz Orchestra’s collective effort."
"What a great night it was at the short-lived Helsinki Royal Cotton Club on 20 October 1995. On stage was the Finnish flagship big band, UMO Jazz Orchestra, with saxophonist Michael Brecker. "
"Although I am not a string player myself, the string quartet is inextricably intertwined with my early musical life. Later on, my own string quartets, which appeared regularly at intervals of exactly 10 years, became milestones in my private and working life."
Finnish composers got together to form a society immediately after the war, in 1945. The following is a resume of the history of the first half decade of the Society of Finnish Composers, written in 1995 by Erkki Salmenhaara (1941–2002), at the time Associate Professor of Music at the University of Helsinki.
"Northern by name and Northern by nature, Kimmo is a totally unique, open artist with an illustrious career ahead of him. Based on Sensitive Skin, the future’s so bright he’d better start wearing shades."
"Apart from the three cellists, Perez and drummer Mikko Sirén, the hidden hero of the album is producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has made Apocalyptica sound punchier and more colourful than ever before."
The Finnish arts subsidy system is considered efficient and effective by international standards. However, a recent report by the Finnish Cultural Foundation reveals that the structure is beginning to show its age. Change is desired by many, but sweeping visions for the future are offered by few, the FCF says.
Art does not just magically appear in the world as a gift of grace that comes from divine inspiration. It is created through persistent and devoted work. This work is always funded by someone who has their own expectations of what to receive in return for their support. BY Olli Virtaperko Arts supporters have always...
"The funding as of now is fragmented into bits and pieces, making every edition for the new event still trying to find its ground a very insecure undertaking."