ENSEMBLE MISE-EN | Connections | Finland – All Generations – 100th anniversary
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Connections | Finland – All Generations – 100th anniversary

On Thursday, November 9th at 8PM, ensemble mise-en will perform works by three Finnish composers as part of its CONNECTIONS series in celebration of Finland’s Centennial. Each concert in this series details, explores, and ventures into the titular connections between artistic or cultural groups with unique geographies, traditions, and perspectives.

For the 2017-2018 season there are three planned concerts in the CONNECTIONS series, two of which explore geographic connections. That is, bringing together from disparate locations. November 2017, however, will see the performance of ensemble mise-en’s proposed “CONNECTIONS: Finland – All Generations – 100th Anniversary” concert, where the group will perform the work of three living Finnish composers representing each generation of new music artists working today. Exploring temporal distances rather than geographic ones makes “Finland – All Generations – 100th Anniversary” a novel concept even within a series striving to distinguish itself from the field.

General: $15
ASF Members: $10

Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952): Cloud Trio (2009)
Sami Klemola (b. 1973): Blackbay Swing (2012, U.S. Premier)
Sebastian Hilli (b. 1990): Paraphrase II – “Giant steps and eden acid” (2016, U.S. Premier)

About the CONNECTION series
CONNECTIONS explores the titular “connections” between New York City – the physical and artistic home base of ensemble mise-en – and various destinations around the world, each with their own unique artistic traditions, cultural views, and approaches. Ensemble mise-en considers it of utmost importance to develop and maintain a local community of like-minded colleagues and supporters, yet ultimately bringing one’s art outside the realm of the comforts of home (be that a physical location or something more abstract, such as a regular audience or a different artistic setting) is necessary to encourage continual creative growth.

About The Composers
Kaija Saariaho is a prominent member of a group of Finnish composers and performers who are now, in mid-career, making a worldwide impact. She studied composition in Helsinki, Freiburg and Paris, where she has lived since 1982. Her studies and research at IRCAM have had a major influence on her music and her characteristically luxuriant and mysterious textures are often created by combining live music and electronics. Although much of her catalogue comprises chamber works, from the mid-nineties she has turned increasingly to larger forces and broader structures, such as the operas L’Amour de loin and Adriana Mater and the oratorio La Passion de Simone

Sami Klemola (b. 1973) is a many-faceted and bold composer whose output includes sound art and installations in addition to conventional compositions. A substantial part of his output consists of electroacoustic music; accordingly, he is the founder and coordinator of Finland’s only electroacoustic ensemble, defunensemble. Many of his installations are interactive in nature. His installation Brainwash is described thus: “The installation brushes against Surrealism, and the rules of everyday life suddenly no longer apply.” (Music Finland)

The often-abstract themes in Sebastian Hilli’s (b.1990, Helsinki) works have in common the composer’s fascination with structure and the relationship between non-musical concepts and their transcription into musical ideas.Known for his highly intensive, crisply structured compositions, Hilli’s subjects range from the literature of Jorge Luis Borges in Elogio de la sombra to biology in works like Hypha and Delta inspired by web like fungi and river deltas, and the psychological expectations of the human mind in Kohta and Reachings. Hilli’s references to certain historical styles in his Paraphrase-series, paraphrasing Coltarne’s Giant steps and acid house music, Gesulado’s madrigal ”O dolorosa gioia” etc., are conscious attempts to deal with the issues of style and identity. Fascinated by the intensity of music as the focal point of his musical thinking, his works always emerge from the question of how to achieve this in various ways.

About The Presenter
ENSEMBLE MISE-EN is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young HA. Comprised of talented young musicians, ENSEMBLE MISE-EN strives to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences, wishing to impart an experience that is simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing. ENSEMBLE MISE-EN performs throughout the U.S. and maintains offices in Brooklyn, NY.

About The Venue
Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America is the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States, offers a wide range of programs that illuminate the culture and vitality of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Scandinavia House offerings include diverse exhibitions and film series, as well as concerts and other performances, readings, lectures, symposia, language courses, and children’s activities. Designed by the internationally renowned Polshek Partnership Architects (now Ennead Architects) and inaugurated in October 2000, Scandinavia House is the headquarters of The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) and the site of ASF’s cultural and educational programming.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 8P

ASF + Scandinavia House
58 Park Ave, New York
New York 10016