Contemporary art music meets modern electronic at Musica nova Helsinki. Alongside new classical music the festival, under the theme of Open Spaces, will also be focusing more strongly than before on electronic music and avant-garde pop.
The chief guests are Grawemeyer Award-winning Michel van der Aa from the Netherlands, American composer, guitarist and multimedia artist Tyondai Braxton, the stargaze collective of the festival’s German Artistic Director André de Ridder, percussionist-composer Lukas Ligeti, and American composer-drummer Qasim Naqvi of Dawn of Midi trio fame.
With over 20 concerts, the festival features a number of premieres of works by both Finnish and international composers.
“Space, and the different possible connotations of the word, are all mirrored in the programme,” says new Artistic Director André de Ridder. “It refers not only to musical elements and physical spaces, but to a sense of openness in relation to different music spaces – it’s a good image of how I see music, and the music scenes of today, developing.”