Photo: Mikko Ryhänen
two holograms and an intermission
Composition by Juhani Nuorvala
Libretto by Juha Siltanen
February 9-10, 2019 Musica Nova Helsinki, Helsinki Music Centre, Finland
February 13-14-15-16 2019 Espoo City Theatre, Revontuli Hall
Flash Flash is a crazy piece of work, not so much ‘about’ Andy Warhol as it is set around the idea of him. Juhani Nuorvala´s opera, if that’s what it really is, has a bit of a history, and it took scandalously long to make it to the stage in any form – now the world premiere will take place, at last, in February 2019. It’s written in just intonation, with a highly rhythmic musical score, and with a pitch perfect pop English text by Juha Siltanen, and makes heavy use of stage projections and lights. It could be defined as ‘populist high art’. It is manic and meditative, tasteless and touching, superficial and probing, all at once. Although rooted in pop idioms, one never loses the sense that it is all being guided by a highly-trained, intelligent hand, much like Warhol’s art. Above all, though, it is human, and grounded in a heartfelt emotion.
As Juha Siltanen says Flash Flash describes a person and a culture that are forced by their own history to flirt with destruction and death, substituting personal experience and self-knowledge with consuming people, time, sexuality. At its core lies a simple and coherent story of a lonely man surrounded by people but interwoven in it and surrounding it there is a portrait of American culture, placed, through the opera form, in one frame with European tradition. Thus, it is a double portrait picturing both an opera and its ‘hero’.
Executive Producer: MiklagårdArts
Official partners: Musica nova Helsinki and the Espoo City Theatre, the University of the Arts Helsinki, and the Aalto University.
Visual identiy: Reishabh Kailey
TALK KALLIO! DO YOU HAVE A SAY?
30 August / 13 September / 11 October / 8 November 2018 5:00 pm
Cultural Center Caisa, Kaikukatu 4 C, Helsinki
Aren't you bored of traditional panel discussions? Would you like to get a hold of the mic and just jump into the debate yourself? Talk Kallio! Do You Have A Say? is a series of monthly unconference happenings designed to encourage people to talk about the issues that matter to them. As the title suggests, everybody who has something to say is welcome to take the floor any time. The discussions will be set off by invited guests who will act as provocateurs. Soon you will find yourself at the edge of your seat and before you know it everyone is involved.
The Cultural Centre Caisa has arrived at the eastern part of central Helsinki and reopens its doors at the Leipätehdas building in Kallio. Talk Kallio! Do You Have A Say? is designed to use this opportunity to celebrate the new community. Let’s get together, meet old and new neighbours and start conversations and have fun!
Concept design and facilitation: Ceyda Berk-Söderblom, MiklagardArts
THE VIRTUAL ORCHESTRA: SIBELIUS 360
16-29.8.2018 HAM – Helsinki Art Museum
16-29 August The Virtual Orchestra: Sibelius 360 installation at HAM
16/21/23 August Side-events “A Rendezvous with Immersive Technology”
Experience the third movement of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony like never before: through virtual reality headsets and headphones.
Helsinki Art Museum HAM invites you into the heart of the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Find out what it feels like to be inside one of the world’s greatest orchestras. As you turn your head, the 3D audio and video allow you to fully experience the nuances of each instrumental section, with sound so detailed you will even hear the score pages turning! Be transported onto the platform in the centre of the orchestra as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, conducts a performance of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony. The Virtual Orchestra is produced by the Philharmonia Orchestra in collaboration with Inition and Southbank Centre and was conceived by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Executive Producer & Curator of side events: MiklagårdArts
Official partners: The City of Helsinki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and HAM.
A RENDEZVOUS WITH IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGY
During the time period of The Virtual Orchestra: Sibelius 360 installation, the Helsinki Art Museum HAM organises a series of participatory side events curated by MiklagårdArts to link cutting-edge Finnish technology developers with the arts and cultural institutions, to inspire divergent thinking and map out new scenarios for the future.
Increasing numbers of high-profile arts institutions and ensembles all over the world are using AR/VR (augmented and virtual reality) to attract younger audiences in the digital age. Finland is host to a vibrant start-up ecosystem and innovative companies specializing in immersive technology. While Finnish developers are keen to connect with the content creators of the cultural sector, arts institutions seek to explore the new possibilities uncovered by immersive technology.
Curator of the side-events: MiklagårdArts
Collaborators: The City of Helsinki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Aalto University Experience Platform, Aalto University Digi Platform, Demos Helsinki, Finnish Virtual Reality Association, University of the Arts, Sibelius Academy and LYFTA.
KUDSI ERGUNER ENSEMBLE
@ 'A TAPESTRY OF SACRED MUSIC' FESTIVAL
21 April 2018 8:00 pm
Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
“Liturgical Songs of Istanbul”
Kudsi ERGUNER, ney
Serkan Mesut HALİLİ, kanun
Hasan KİRİŞ, tanbur
Mehmet BİTMEZ, ud
Fahrettin Şükrü YARKIN, percussion
Bora UYMAZ, vocal
Mehmet Hamdi DEMİRCİOĞLU, vocal
Safa KORKMAZ, vocal
Burak SAVAŞ, vocal
With a long history of invasions and conquests by Greek colonists, the crusaders and Osmanlı conquerors, the city we now know as Istanbul has witnessed the rise and fall of many empires, all of which have added to the cultural diversity that it is known for today. Once the capital of the Byzantine Empire and the prime centre of Christianity alongside Rome, it was also the capital of the Ottoman Empire, during which the Greeks, Persians, Arabs, Armenians, Jews and Turks co-existed and contributed to the richness of the city. Consequently, the songs of the Hebrew Maftirim (Jewish mystic music), Sufi ceremonial music and Eastern Orthodox hymns became part of the musical fabric of the people.
In tribute to the multi-faith history of Istanbul, the Kudsi Erguner Ensemble presents a repertoire of traditional sacred music from the various communities in the ancient city.
Photo: Soile Tirilä
STUDIO ALEPPO [HELSINKI]
Picturing ‘New’ Citizens
5-17.8.2017 The National Museum of Finland
5-6 August Pop-up photo studio with Juuso Westerlund
10-17 August Exhibition & Side-events
Studio Aleppo [Helsinki] has been awarded the “Production of the Year-2017” by the TAKU ry (Art and Cultural Professionals’ Trade Union): http://taku.fi/studio-aleppo-helsinki-and-flow-festival-production-team-were-awarded-at-sula/
Studio Aleppo [Helsinki] is a pop-up photography studio and portrait exhibition to give visibility and voice to the different residents of Finland. The project aimed to change the image of refugees and migrant people among the society in a positive way by using the transformative power of arts. MiklagårdArts presented Studio Aleppo [Helsinki] at the National Museum of Finland and curated a series of participatory side events that took place during the pop-up exhibition that took place between 10 and 17 of August 2017.
Studio Aleppo is a European project of pop-up photo studios and exhibition, that travels in various cities in Europe and invites old and new residents to have their portrait taken by a local prominent photographer. As an act of solidarity and hospitality, local citizens also pay for the portrait of a newcomer and/or his/her family. For both parties, the portraits are a gesture of recognition and acknowledgment. The portraits are displayed side by side in an exhibition, after which they will also be added to an online gallery. Each portrait is a symbolic gesture, a declaration of intent for creating a new, equal future for all. Each participant is shortly interviewed about their background and future expectations. Through photographing newcomers and including them in a collection of portraits, the project aims to stimulate a feeling of recognition and inclusion.
Author: Issa Touma
Executive Producer in Finland: MiklagårdArts
Studio Aleppo [Helsinki] is supported by the Mondriaan Fund
Studio Aleppo [Helsinki] is part of the Finland 100 programme
ILONA JÄNTTI & AINO VENNA:
“YABLOCHKOV CANDLE” @ JAZZAHEAD! FESTIVAL
14 April 2017 7:30 pm
Choreographer, circus artist: Ilona Jäntti
Composer, musician: Aino Venna
Double bass: Erik Michelsen
Light designer: Kauri Klemelä
Yablochkov Candle is a concert and an aerial acrobatic performance put together. The sounds of Singer-Songwriter Aino Venna, richly influenced by French chansons and old school rock 'n' roll, blends effortlessly with Jäntti’s beautiful aerial choreography.
KUDSI ERGUNER TRIO @ 45th HONG KONG ARTS
19 March 2017 5:00 pm
The HKJC Amphitheatre, HKAPA
Kudsi Erguner, ney
Serkan Halili, kanun
Hamdi Akatay, percussion
Son of the head of a troupe of whirling dervishes, Kudsi Erguner was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2016. For many years, he has researched and documented nearly forgotten middle eastern music traditions and brought them to the attention of a new audience, in the course of which he has released more than 100 CDs. He is a world authority on Sufi music - a spiritual dimension of Islam, and the Turkish, Arabic and Jewish influenced music of the former Ottoman Empire. In this concert Kudsi Erguner, Serkan Halili and Hamdi Akatay perform colourful social music, drawing on centuries of music tradition from the rich culture of the Ottoman Empire.
CIRCUS BRIDGE @ the Centenary of Finland’s Independence - Finland100 – programme
Circus Bridge, a bridge-building project between the ancient traditions of Chinese acrobatics and Finnish contemporary circus, founded and operated by Cirko, feverchina, Maracat Caravan, and MiklagardArts was accepted into the #Finland100 program.
CIRCUS BRIDGE @ 藝倉美術館 MAM,
Modern Art Museum, Shanghai
12-19 February 2017
#CircusBridge’s first residency in China
The team of Circus Bridge travels to China to meet and network with local professionals. During the visit Petteri Jakobsson & Erik Söderblom will host an introduction lecture to Finnish and European contemporary circus. The book about European contemporary circus produced by Circus Bridge will be introduced at the lectures.
CIRCUS BRIDGE publishes
“Crossing Boundaries ! European Contemporary Circus”
Presented during the first residency of Circus Bridge in China, this visual book includes the best examples of the circus in its contemporary narrative! We are very proud and happy to be part of Circus Bridge with Cirko, feverchina and Maracat Caravan #Finland100.
VERNERI POHJOLA & AKI RISSANEN DUO
@ AKBANK SANAT
9 November 2016 8:00 pm
Akbank Sanat, İstanbul
Verneri Pohjola, trumpet, electronics
Aki Rissanen, piano, electronics
Verneri Pohjola is a renowned trumpet player and Aki Rissanen a reputable jazz pianist. They have played in several ensembles together and separately for over ten years, and now they have joined their forces in a duo project. Together they combine acoustic and electronic soundscapes, and play their original distinctive compositions. Both musicians are creating an international career and releasing new albums abroad - both for the British Edition Records label. The duo's own album is also in preparation.
FiBO players & KUDSI ERGUNER
20 October 2016 8:00 pm
G LiveLab, Helsinki
Kudsi Erguner, ney
Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano
Antti Tikkanen, violin
Mikko Perkola, viola da gamba
Anna-Maaria Oramo, harpsichord
Solmund Nystabakk, lute
It is a brilliant new collaboration between Kudsi Erguner and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. Kudsi Erguner, Tuuli Lindeberg, Antti Tikkanen, Mikko Perkola, Anna-Maaria Oramo, Solmund Nystabakk offfered a magical journey towards the same historical period of two separate worlds' music; the Eastern Ottoman and Western Baroque.
KUDSI ERGUNER @ MEKUDESHET
Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival 2016
21 September 2016 9:00 pm
Bora Uymaz, vocal
Aron Saltıel, vocal
Safa Korkmaz, vocal
Kudsi Erguner, ney
Giannis Koutis, ud & vocal
Hakan Güngör, kanun
Michalis Cholevas, yaylı tanbur
Yinon Muallem, percussions
Kudsi Erguner, the master of Turkish Sufi music, is coming to Mekudeshet with a new and exciting project: ancient maftirim sung in Hebrew from the heart of Islamic Turkey. The tradition is based on the writings of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī and was performed by learned Jews who combined holy Hebrew texts with classical Turkish melodies. The maftirim choirs first appeared in the 18th century in Edirne, known historically as Adrianople and later and today as Istanbul. The repertoire, which was sung on the Sabbath, was arranged according to Turkish Maqams with the music and the style of singing based on classical Turkish and Sufi music.
ŞİMDİ ENSEMBLE @ GENT FESTIVAL VAN VLAANDEREN
17 September 2016 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Bora Uymaz, vocals, bendir
Şirin Pancaroğlu, lever harp
Mehmet Yalgın, kemençe
The Şimdi ensemble (Şimdi means “now” in Turkish) is inspired by the Sufism of Asia Minor. They embrace Turkey’s music heritage and its amazing traditional repertoire, supplementing it with their own compositions and improvisations. The harp of Şirin Pancaroglu, who is considered a star in Turkey, combined with vocalisation and the unique sounds of the kemençe will transport, taking you on a journey from the past to the future, while mainly spending time in the “here and now”.
BAROQUE OF THE OTHER
“Ottomans meet the Baroque World”
A collaboration between Kudsi Erguner and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FiBO)
The word baroque has usually been used to refer to irregular, asymmetric, or -according to Jean-Jacques Rousseau - to mixed harmonies, too many modulations or even dissonance. In the light of these definitions, for the Western world, not only the music of the 17th and 18th century but even the Ottoman music could have been considered “baroque”.
The ney flute master, one of the most inspiring musicians of the Sufi tradition Kudsi Erguner will meet soloists of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. A musical journey towards a repertoire that will consist of compositions from the same historical period of two separate worlds, the Sufi tradition, and Baroque. The musicians will juxtapose the different musical languages of the East and the West and explore similarities and differences of harmonies and maqams and blends the singing techniques of the two cultures.
MiklagardArts kicked off a collaborative project Circus Bridge with three distinguished partners operating in the field of contemporary circus and performing arts: Cirko, Maracat Caravan and FeverChina. These four partners join forces aiming to build a bridge between the innovative Finnish contemporary circus and the ancient traditions of Chinese circus and acrobatics.
Circus Bridge launched at the EARS Helsinki seminar in August 2016. Over the next three years, we will take Finnish circus companies, performances and creative know-how to China, arrange meeting points for Finnish and Chinese circus artists and create the first Finnish-Chinese circus performance which will premiere in 2018.
Moi Helsinki @ Xidan-square in Beijing
May 13-15, 2016
The City of Helsinki will create a weekend of Finnish culture on the Xidan-square in Beijing. The Moi Helsinki event will bring together some extraordinary interesting Finnish artists for a three-day performance and installation marathon on May 13-15 2016. The accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen, the dancers Minna Tervamäki, Tero Saarinen and Ima Iduozee, the singer Ronya, the Humppavanti Orchestra, the Finnish-Chinese Beijing opera company Wusheng, the Club for Five ensemble, the installation artist Kaisa Salmi and much more will come together for this extraordinary outdoor festival in the centre of Beijing. We are a member of the curating team and responsible for the dramaturgy of the event.