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FMAmp3 on 05/17/2012 at 12:00AM

MP3 of the Day: Violeta Päivänkakkara, "Sateenkaari"

Violeta Päivänkakkara was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1992. She has always felt drawn to cosmology, planets, nature and the dream world. She creates environments and personal and melancholic atmospheres, using instruments like the glockenspiel, guitar, piano and electronic sounds of nature, among others. She currently lives between Helsinki and Barcelona. -La Gramola

"Sateenkaari" can be found on Kuu, a collection released this week on La Gramola Netlabel.

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mwalker on 11/05/2010 at 10:30AM

the finnish connection

Tomorrow evening (11.6.10) ISSUE Project Room will host the third and final evening of our Minor Musics: Finland series - which has thus far presented Lau Nau, Kuupuu, Kiila and Tomutonttu -- with a special performance from Kemialliset Ystävät in collaboration with a staggeringly-long list of some of NYC’s most fascinating & stalwart psych/noise improvisers: Marcia Bassett, Michael Bernstein, Taylor Richardson, Tom Carter, Raphael Lyon, Samara Lubelski, Pete Nolan and Dave Nuss.

As a central aim, the Minor Musics program seeks to present to NY audiences a multi-faceted glimpse into a localized international community borne, at least in part, out of a set of geographical, cultural, and aesthetic affinities. As a finale to the series, it seems only logical to deepen this attempt at cultural exchange through a true cross-pollination – fostering a collaborative performance between Jan and one of New York’s own vibrant localized communities, as represented by a pretty hefty cross-section of major players.

As preparation for what will be an undoubtedly rich evening of blissed-out synthesis, I’ve put together a little mix highlighting a number of Mr. Anderzén’s forthcoming conspirators, not a few of whom are amply represented by the vast storehouse of the FMA. As a perfect link between the previous and final concerts of the series, the mix opens with a two-part set from K-Y’s 2008 appearance on Brian Turner’s WFMU show, in which we hear Jan supported by two of the Kiila men (Jaako Tolvi & Niko-Matti Ahti), as well as Dave Nuss, who will reprise his role on Saturday. From there, we move to the New York sect with tracks from Raphael Lyon’s solo project Mudboy, a song from Samara Lubelski’s Spectacular of Passages album, a track from Nuss’ No-Neck Blues Band (live at ISSUE, no less), another ISSUE archival recording in the form of Pete Nolan’s Spectre Folk project, and concluding with a 20-min jam from Marcia Bassett & Tom Carter’s Zaika duo project.

These types of coalescences don’t pop up too often….I would recommend taking advantage.

Minor Musics: Finland is made possible through the generous support of the American-Scandinavian Foundation; the Consulate General of Finland; and ESEK, the Finnish Performing Music Promotion Centre; and Luses, the Popular Music Committee of the Foundation for the Promotion of Finnish Music, and the Arts Council of Finland.

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mwalker on 10/29/2010 at 10:15AM

Minor Musics: Finland - Lau Nau & Kuupuu

Lau Nau & Kuupuu. Photo by Jonna Karanka (aka Kuupuu).

After much lead-up and anticipation, ISSUE Project Room’s Minor Musics: Finland series commences this evening (10.29) with rare U.S. performances from Tomutonttu and Kiila (revisit/remix their music here). A two-part event, the program concludes with a second concert on 11.6 from Kemialliset Ystävät in collaboration with an excellent cast of NYC improvisers: Raphael Lyon, Samara Lubelski, Marcia Bassett, Tom Carter, Michael Bernstein, Pete Nolan, Taylor Richardson and Dave Nuss.

In honor of tonight’s concert, the lovely and enchanting Lau Nau & Kuupuu have shared a recording from their July performance at ISSUE, which served to first inaugurate the Minor Musics: Finland series. As a finale to their respective solo sets, the two women joined forces for a darkly gorgeous, loop-based improvisation – masterfully paced and seamlessly woven into a hauntingly evocative sound environment. Working in tiny bits of self-contained sound – quivering hand percussion, floating wisps of vocal melody, quiet swarms of synth drone – the ladies sent spinning upwards a continual stream of hypnotizing fragments ever-drifting towards the top of the sound mix. The effect was that of a slow but perpetual ascending motion without end – the feeling of swimming from the depths of an enveloping water towards a surface that somehow remains forever just out of reach. And yet, amidst the beautifully swirling and seductive textures, escape seems hardly the desired end.

Minor Musics: Finland is made possible through the generous support of the American-Scandinavian Foundation; the Consulate General of Finland; and ESEK, the Finnish Performing Music Promotion Centre;
and Luses, the Popular Music Committee of the Foundation for the Promotion of Finnish Music, and the Arts Council of Finland.

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