Sat 13 May 2017 7.30 pm
St Rumbold’s Cathedral, Mechelen, Belgium

Timo Kurkikangas, electronics
Helsingin kamarikuoro
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

ALEJANDRO VIÑAO: New composition (premiere)
SAMPO HAAPAMÄKI: Maailmamaa (Belgian premiere)

FINNISH INDEPENDENCE goes hand in hand with being a part of an interconnected world. Jean Sibelius was a global citizen who drew inspiration from folk tradition. Finland became independent in 1917, during the Great War, and this European conflagration provides the basis for the new composition by Alejandro Viñao. Sampo Haapamäki’s highly virtuosic work Maailmamaa (Global Country) for 16 solo voices and electronics explores the tension between nationalist thinking and the utopia of a monocultural global country.

Tickets: 10–19 € from the Festival website

In collaboration with:
Festival Vlaanderen / Mechelen hoort stemmen,
Tenso Network Europe

Sampo Haapamäki,
photo Saara Vuorjoki / Music Finland
The 23-strong Finnish chorus was an unbeatable exponent of this piece [Rautavaara's Vigilia], showing not only their technical discipline but also a breathtaking range of sonorities.
Rian Evans,
The Guardian, London