NYKY Ensemble

The NYKY Ensemble, the contemporary music ensemble of the Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki, will present an early composition by John Cage (1912-92) scored for six percussionists, and one of the most recent work by Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), written for chamber ensemble. In the early 50s, Boulez and Cage were in extensive contact and exchanged a series of letters on their music and the culture of the time. Their friendship cooled down for artistic divergences, when John Cage started using chance processes in his music. NYKY Ensemble will reunite those two 20th century giants, presenting Cage’s sonically adventurous – and rarely performed – First Construction (in Metal) followed by one of Boulez’s late masterpiece so, the 50-minute long seductive and hypnotic Dérive 2.