Musica nova 2017 opening concert released

The opening concert of Music nova 2017, conducted by new Artistic Director André de Ridder, features both world and Finnish premieres: two fresh voices of the next generation of Finnish composers as well as two internationally renowned composers, who represent groundbreaking developments of contemporary classical music in the 21st century.

Radio Symphony Orchestra’s concert will feature a world premiere from an American composer Tyondai Braxton, son of the free-jazz legend Anthony Braxton. Tyondai sprang to fame as a member of the cult instrumental rock band “Battles” and is known for his experimental work that reaches out to audiences across genre barriers, incorporating both electronic and modern orchestral elements. He has released records on the Warp and Nonesuch labels.

Likewise a unique voice in new music, Michel Van der Aa is hailed as one of the most distinctive of the younger composers in Europe today, combining composition with film and stage direction, and script writing. Spaces of Blank for mezzo-soprano, orchestra and soundtrack is set to texts by Emily Dickinson, Rozalie Hirs and Anne Carson. The common element of the poems is the use of space as an analogy for anxiety.

The new Finnish work at the FRSO’s concert will be Reachings by a young composer Sebastian Hilli. The piece won the Toru Takemitshu Composition Contest in 2015 and is now heard for the first time in Finland. The concert also showcases the premiere of an orchestral work by another up and coming Finnish composer, Sauli Zinovjev.

The whole program of Musica nova will be published in Autumn 2016.

1.2. 7 p.m.

Wednesday series 9

André de Ridder, conductor
Nora Fischer, soprano
Helsinki Chamber Choir, coach Nils Schweckendiek

Sauli Zinovjev: New work, fp (Yle commission)
Michel van der Aa: Spaces of Blank
Sebastian Hilli: Reachings
Tyondai Braxton: Telekinesis, premiere