Haapanen-Kumela-Rajala: Playtime – A case study

4.-5.3.2023 Helsinki I

The collective work by composer Perttu Haapanen, guitarist Petri Kumela and puppet theatre artist Alma Rajala brings together traditional instrument-making and the latest technology in a musical hall of mirrors, where the guitar struggles to free itself from the traditional Spanish confines with varying results. Object theatre brings the work a tangible dimension, where objects create sound that goes both with and against the grain and the guitar is played in a new way.

The work is performed on an active acoustic guitar that Kumela has helped to develop in a joint Nordic project by the Academy of Finland. It is a classical concert guitar with microphones and amplifiers installed inside, which means that it still works as an acoustic concert instrument but has extended features and surprising soundscapes.

WORKING GROUP Alma Rajala, direction, performance Petri Kumela, expanded guitar Sisu Nojonen, lighting and set design Perttu Haapanen, composition and electronics

PERFORMANCES Sat 4.3. at 18:00 Sun 5.3. at 15:00 Musica Nova -festival, Kiasma-theatre Helsinki

Duration: 45min Language: without words Age recommendation: 12+ Tickets 25€ / 15 € : lippu.fi

Photo: Heikki Tuuli

Haapanen, Kumela and Rajala started their collaboration in 2019 with a demo concert Erkaantumisia 1-7 that was performed in Musiikkitalo Helsinki.

Held biennially, Musica nova presents the very latest in music and contemporary classics to Finnish audiences. The festival also introduces composers who are now making their mark internationally, and actively seeks to build bridges between contemporary music and other genres of the arts.

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