Musica Nova Helsinki: Helsinki Chamber Choir


7.2.2017 at 19.30
Kiasma & Kiasma Theatre

Photo: Leo Samama

Photo: Leo Samama

This concert performed in various spaces of the unique architecture of the Kiasma building features modern choral classics side by side with very recent works. The pieces incorporate spatial elements through various configurations of the singers.

Lux Aeterna, the work by György Ligeti with which the concert begins, and his Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes all ticking away at different speeds, both have a place in the contemporary music canon. In between them is Jaya Gāthā by Patiparn Jaikampan, winner of the Einojuhani Rautavaara Composition Competition in 2016. The words of this piece, in which the choir is split into four groups positioned around the hall, are based on a Buddhist prayer song.

Another contemporary composer featured is Qasim Naqvi. His choral composition Fjoloy, which will have its European premiere at the festival, incorporates microtonal parts that were created on an ARP Odyssey synthesizer. Although the audience cannot hear these electronics, a choir sings along to them with headphones and a conductor controls the ensemble through a graphic notational system.

There is also a premiere on the programme: a setting by Tiina Myllärinen of texts by Finnish poet Harry Salmenniemi. In the piece, the spatial movement of the choir and music enhances the themes of the piece.