Music from all over
From Baroque to Hollywood
Antti Tikkanen, violin
Heikki Kossi, foley artist
Emmi Pennanen, dance
UMO Helsinki Duo
Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Tomas Djupsjöbacka, conductor
CONCERT RECORDING (until October 21)
The second cooperation concert by the AUF orchestras demonstrates how recycled junk sounds in the hands of a foley artist, what Vivaldi's Seasons sound like in a remix version, and what kind of links there are between the concert's pieces and the world of cinema.
Sami Klemola's composition Jack and the Specifics is created for foley artist and chamber orchestra. It is reportedly the first time when the solo parts of a concerto are written for a foley artist, in this case Heikki Kossi. Kossi is a sound artist who produces e.g. sounds of footsteps and creaking doors for movie soundtracks. Kossi has worked with tens of Finnish films and he has also succeeded internationally. He creates the foley sounds live in the concert. The visual element is strongly present as Kossi, who performs with Avanti, brings with him a giant kiosk full of things to make sounds with.
The previously lanched repertoire for UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra has been changed. Instead of the big band setup, we will hear a duo from UMO Helsinki consisting of Kasperi Sarikoski (trombone) and Seppo Kantonen (piano) who will perform film soundtracks from two different time periods. The duo starts off the concert with Bob Telsons’s composition Calling You (1987) from the picture Bagdad Café. This delicate ballad originally recorded by Jevetta Steel and later on covered by Celine Dion, Natalie Cole and Paul Young comes alive like a Phoenix to the tones of the trombone and the piano. After the ballad from the 80’s we move on to the 1920’ and its jazz. Black and Tan Fantasy (1927) by Duke Ellington and James “Bubber” Miley, from the first half of Ellington’s career and where Miley’s melodic ideas really gets to shine, was later on also featured in the short film Black and Tan.
The distance between the past and the present is short – sometimes even subtle. FiBO presents an ear-opening version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, more than familiar to friends of Baroque music, as the concert finale is Max Richter’s Four Seasons Recomposed, premiered in 2012. It modifies the Four Seasons concertos into minimalist remixes. Sometimes Vivaldi and Richter choose the same direction, and sometimes Richter twists the music into an unexpected angle or stretches it into cosmic Baroque sceneries through repetitions. The result of the recoloured harmony bases and surfaces reminding of electronic sounds is ear-tickling and intelligently performed ambient Vivaldi. The Finland premiere with period instruments last year, organised by violinist Antti Tikkanen and FiBO, delighted international concert organisers, and next year the performance will take FiBO to Central Europe, whether the situation with the pandemic allows it. The concert received exceptionally praising feedback from Art Testers in eighth grade, so the Four Seasons captivate audiences regardless of age group.
The concert is part of the AUF cooperation of Avanti!, UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra that was started in the fall of 2017. The first grand cooperation concert was held in the fall of 2019.
Duration: 1 h 30 min (no intermission)
Only just over 400 seats are sold and considering the size of the venue this will secure safe distances between the audience. To avoid contacts the concert will be held without an intermission and pre-concert events. The tickets bought before August 12 will be changed to new seats for free at the ticket shop at Musiikkitalo or by calling on workdays between 9–11 to the number 020 707 0437.