One of a kind

One of a kind

"It is impossible to pigeon-hole Kalle Vainio’s compositions into any particular genre; they take in everything from classical minimalism to film music and Nordic folk music."
Guest column: Losing idealism in translation?

Guest column: Losing idealism in translation?

Johan Tallgren’s FMQ guest column on Sibelius’s birthday, the Day of Finnish Music 2015.
Svänging Sibelius

Svänging Sibelius

"Sväng, the Finnish harmonica quartet, blows fresh air to Sibelius celebrations with arrangements of composer’s well-known works."
Sibelius's published piano works by Mertanen

Sibelius’s published piano works by Mertanen

"Janne Mertanen is a reliable guide to this unfailingly attractive and sometimes moving repertoire: his rhythms are precise and his textures clear."
W(h)ither  arts support?

W(h)ither arts support?

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....
Give some get some

Give some get some

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...
Taking note 3-4/2015: How to fund a festival startup

Taking note 3-4/2015: How to fund a festival startup

"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."
Notes & Letters column: Blues owes me money

Notes & Letters column: Blues owes me money

BY Erja Lyytinen I was three and a half years old when I performed for the first time, at my father’s employer’s Christmas party. One of the guests gave me a Finnish ten-mark note.  It seemed like a lot of money – especially for singing! We sang at home all...
Taking musicals seriously

Taking musicals seriously

Is music theatre a cash cow or a quality art form, or something in between? Who should perform musicals and why? Some Finnish institutions have become a cog in the machine of the international music industry.
Finding and financing an instrument

Finding and financing an instrument

A high-value instrument should be the principal tool of any top musician, but the real gems are available only to a select few. Tomas Djupsjöbacka set up an investment company with nine other shareholders, thus securing himself a rare cello for the duration of his active performing career. BY Elina...
UMO stands the test of time

UMO stands the test of time

2015 has been a milestone year for the 40-year-old UMO Jazz Orchestra. We invited three key figures to look back on the history of the internationally acclaimed big band.
Composing, music and society at large

Composing, music and society at large

Composing always has a social dimension, because composers engage in it in the context created by society. Yet composers’ views on the relationship between music and society have varied a great deal over the centuries. What do today’s composers think about their work in relation to current social and political...
The hidden market of second-hand vinyl

The hidden market of second-hand vinyl

Vinyl might be even bigger than we’re told. But is it nostalgia, retro or hipster? Perhaps something else, at least according to Matti Nives.
Spells, blood and bliss

Spells, blood and bliss

Singing with the voice of old men and playing the jouhikko, an ancient bowed lyre, Pekko Käppi is hot stuff in Finland and abroad with his band. The archaic boogie performed by K:H:H:L seems to resonate with an incredible variety of audiences. Käppi is on the front line in the...
Paying the piper

Paying the piper

Rock star, bohemian, busker, creative genius, contemporary composer, pop singer, session player. Our images of music and musicians are easily associated with images of money and wealth, or the absence of same. Some of these people seem to be filthy rich, while others do not have two pennies to rub...
The importance of artistic freedom

The importance of artistic freedom

“Without an artist grant, I would not be able to work as intensely as I do. I am very grateful for the existence of this system and for being admitted into it. This has enabled me to do my own thing, and I am trying to use my time as...
Busy, but in a good way

Busy, but in a good way

Suvi Oskala has a lot going on. She plays the violin and sings but also writes music, teaches, produces and runs her own record label. Involved in both avant-garde art folk music and traditional folk music, she keeps her bands going through active performance sales and with grants.
Reaching for a composer’s career

Reaching for a composer’s career

Being a freelance composer is much like being an entrepreneur – for one thing, your career development is entirely in your own hands. “You cannot wait and expect someone else to do it for you,” says composer Sebastian Hilli.
A freelancer’s principal occupation is everything

A freelancer’s principal occupation is everything

“I am an entrepreneur without an enterprise: I am only paid for the work I do, and even that often long after the fact. Over the years, I have grown to love this freedom, the downside of which is the absence of a safety net,” says Kaija Kärkinen, a singer-songwriter...
Success comes through collaboration

Success comes through collaboration

Helena Juntunen, one of Finland’s most sought-after opera singers, appears in a variety of roles and concert productions with many ensembles, but her busy freelancer’s schedule will be replaced by maternity leave in October
Economy stalls – music export grows

Economy stalls – music export grows

Music Finland’s latest report on the market value of music export shows that it continues to be a growing industry. Compiling music statistics is not without its problems, but the figures portray a clear message about the importance of investing in music export.
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One of a kind

One of a kind

"It is impossible to pigeon-hole Kalle Vainio’s compositions into any particular genre; they take in everything from classical minimalism to film music and Nordic folk music."
Hanna Isolammi is the new editor of FMQ

Hanna Isolammi is the new editor of FMQ

Hanna Isolammi is the new editor of FMQ. Her predecessor Riikka Hiltunen will start as Music Finland’s new research and development manager in February.  Anu Ahola will continue as Editor-in-Chief in FMQ. Most FMQ readers know Hanna already, as she has written articles for the magazine for some years already. In addition to her work in FMQ, Hanna is writing...
Season's Greetings to all our readers

Season’s Greetings to all our readers

Guest column: Losing idealism in translation?

Guest column: Losing idealism in translation?

Johan Tallgren’s FMQ guest column on Sibelius’s birthday, the Day of Finnish Music 2015.
Svänging Sibelius

Svänging Sibelius

"Sväng, the Finnish harmonica quartet, blows fresh air to Sibelius celebrations with arrangements of composer’s well-known works."
The national and international Sibelius

The national and international Sibelius

Composer and academician Joonas Kokkonen (1921–1996) examined in 1990 Sibelius's often ambivalent position – on the one hand the object of exaggerated hero worship, on the other the victim of violent criticism as a "local celebrity".
Sibelius, Finland and the symphonic idea

Sibelius, Finland and the symphonic idea

Composer, musicology Professor emeritus Mikko Heiniö's article on Jean Sibelius's historical significance was first published in FMQ in 1990.
The Sibelius symphonies cycle by Kamu and Lahti SO

The Sibelius symphonies cycle by Kamu and Lahti SO

"It is meaningless to select a ‘best’ recording when musicians have such different views of the same pieces of music, but I can say that you would be hard-pressed to find more satisfying performances anywhere else."
Sibelius's published piano works by Mertanen

Sibelius’s published piano works by Mertanen

"Janne Mertanen is a reliable guide to this unfailingly attractive and sometimes moving repertoire: his rhythms are precise and his textures clear."
Sibelius Sideways

Sibelius Sideways

"This was an intelligent decision: to record an anniversary cycle of orchestral Sibelius looking sideways at his bountiful incidental music and ‘minor’ orchestral works."
The hidden memory of the nation

The hidden memory of the nation

" All nations have an indigenous construct of 'popular music' which is largely unknown abroad. "
Booze and politics

Booze and politics

"Whether this is an opera, a form of music theatre, a happening or an extravaganza does not matter."