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Innovative noise box

Innovative noise box

Pull or push? Diatonal or microtonal? Traditional bear hunting celebration or reflections of the cosmos? Antti Paalanen and Veli Kujala prove that the accordion can do it all.
Inspiring upper secondary education comes with music

Inspiring upper secondary education comes with music

Many of today’s Finnish professional musicians attended the Sibelius Upper Secondary School in Helsinki. In addition to general education and musical & dance tuition, the school introduces students to networks and a variety of opportunities.
Blowing & popping bubbles

Blowing & popping bubbles

In summer 2017, the Time of Music festival in Viitasaari took a broad-based look at the theme of Art & Autonomy. There was also discussion about social bubbles within the contemporary music culture. Yet bubbles too can be looked at from various perspectives, writes Merja Hottinen.
More real than reality

More real than reality

Composer Ville Raasakka creates hyper-realistic music using sources ranging from individual sounds collected in everyday life to entire concerts. His work Hypermarket and hypercommodity for shopping items, piano and chamber orchestra highlights the utter insanity of consumerism.
Jovanka Trbojević in memoriam

Jovanka Trbojević in memoriam

Composer Lotta Wennäkoski reminisces about her friend, the composer Jovanka Trbojević, who passed away in May.
The kantele - outside the box

The kantele – outside the box

Today, the kantele inspires composers and performers across genre boundaries. Musician Maija Kauhanen and composer Adina Dumitrescu discuss the instrument from their respective perspectives.
The legacy continues

The legacy continues

Holding a mirror up to the past can be burdensome. But it can also be a revelation. Both applied to trumpeter Verneri Pohjola as he took the bull by the horns and interpreted his father Pekka Pohjola’s music. At the heart of the winning formula was the trumpeter's own vision.
Tender, edgy free jazz

Tender, edgy free jazz

Overlook the name that suggests goth or heavy metal – Tampere trio Black Motor is one of Finland’s most versatile, appealing free jazz outfits.
Strong solo piano

Strong solo piano

Sarmanto is a very proficient pianist, and, surely one of the most individual ones of his generation in northern Europe.
The complete set

The complete set

The music on Jukka Eskola Soul Trio's album is straightforward, stylish and groovy Soul Jazz, almost directly from the 60s. However, the discerning listener will find details with a more recent time stamp.
Bop goes cool

Bop goes cool

Jukka Perko Tritone moves the onetime fierce music of Dizzy Gillespie to somewhat gentler realms, still not losing the original ideas and logics of the songs.
The kantele – not exclusively Finnish

The kantele – not exclusively Finnish

Finns never fail to point out that the kantele is Finland’s national instrument. But there are kantele-like instruments elsewhere too, and it is only recently that they have begun to be studied more thoroughly. The official status of kanteles varies from one country to another.