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A carnival of contemporary music at the Tampere Biennale

Published 11.2.2016 9.28

Tampere Biennale, a showcase for Finnish contemporary music, celebrates its 30th anniversary on 13–17 April 2016 with a multi-discipline programme combining music with visual arts, circus and performance art in a variety of ways. A dozen new works will be premiered. The festival will further feature the largest exhibition of sound art organised in Finland to date, jointly produced with the Tampere Art Museum. The programme for the 2016 Tampere Biennale was planned by the artistic director, composer Sami Klemola. The festival was established by the City of Tampere and composer Usko Meriläinen in 1986.

Tampere Biennale 2016 / Nadar Ensemble: Stefan Prins - Generation Kill

The international guests at the festival are the German-Icelandic Ensemble Adapter and the Nadar Ensemble from Belgium. Ensemble Adapter will be giving a joint concert with defunensemble, which forms part of the Finnish music spearhead project Aus Finnland. The Nadar Ensemble combines eras, authors and branches of the arts in a concert featuring musical and visual doppelgängers, the concept being based on the film L’Homme Orchestre (1900) by Georges Mélies. The symbiosis of film and music is highlighted in the film The Tectonic Plate by Mika Taanila, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on 15 February.

Pioneers of modern circus Circo Aereo and defunensemble will be creating a circus of sound, movement and images in Concerto Planos. Circo Aereo will also bring to Tampere a classic in the genre of music-based clowning and mime, The Pianist, featuring circus artist Thomas Monckton. The production has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike worldwide; the performance at the Tampere Biennale will be its only performance in Finland in 2016.

The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra has commissioned a work from Antti Auvinen for the 30th anniversary of the Tampere Biennale, entitled Himmel Punk. The Tampere Biennale has also commissioned a new work from composer Niilo Tarnanen and music from musician and visual artist Jan Anderzén alias Tomutonttu, who will also be performing at the festival club on Friday night.

The sound art exhibition at the festival will feature works from more than a dozen artists and artist collectives. The exhibits will be distributed across various spaces and galleries in the city, and there will also be outdoor works in the streets. The exhibitions are open according to the opening hours of their venues and will remain open after the festival, in some cases until mid-May. An opening tour will be held on Wednesday 13 April, but the first exhibitions will actually open at the time of the festival’s Head Start event on Friday 1 April. The Head Start event is jointly organised with the Tampere City Library and the Tampere Art Museum and will be held from 30 March to 1 April.

The club evenings at the festival will offer experimental music from idiosyncratic ensembles and performers who have recorded for the celebrated Fonal Records label. There will also be programme for the whole family at the Sara Hildén Art Museum on the last day of the festival.

See the full programme of the festival:

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Photos Rebecca Diebendaele