Chamber and Church Concerts
In the chamber series, there will be eight concerts, in which the audience will hear the violinist Jaakko Kuusisto as well as the Oulu Symphony Orchestra's chamber musicians, Meta4 Quartet, DUO Tiksola, the pianist Heini Kärkkäinen and the soprano Anu Komsi. Komsi also performs with Marzi Nyman in a church concert. The cooperation of the Anu Komsi and Marzi Nyman duo started in 2008, and Duke Ellington’s ’Sacred Concerts’, a multiple-piece spiritual work, in which solo parts are written for a high soprano, became the core of their wide programme. The rest of the concert is a mix of improvisation, well-known opera arias, and hymn arrangements, music from composers such as Jean Sibelius, Giacomo Puccini, Pekka Pohjola and Elliott Carter. The chamber concerts programme includes, for instance, Heinz-Juhani Hofmann's Kylätasku songs, György Kurtag's Kafka Fragments for Soprano and Violin, Felix Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings, Toivo Kuula's Violin Sonata and Clara Schumann's piano works.
"Chefs & Homes" Concert Series Takes Concerts to New Locations
In September 2018, the Oulu Music Festival searched for suitable homes and different kinds of spaces in Oulu and in the Oulu region for food-themed home concerts. This concert series is called "Chefs & Homes". Private persons and companies offered their spaces for concert use or suggested interesting concert venues. In addition to homes, the festival was looking for people interested in cooking. The chefs plan and will prepare food at the concerts, and there will be extra staff to help. The chefs will focus on using local produce in their cooking. The venues for the concert series are private homes in Oulu and Kempele, Gallery Kaikkonen in Ylikiiminki, Piispantalo (bishop's house), the Oulu Art Museum and the Botanical Garden of Oulu University.
The performers from different weeks of the festival perform in the home concerts. One of the performing guests is Signe, which will be performing at the Botanical Garden of the Oulu University and at the Oulu Art Museum. (A vegan brunch will be served at these concerts.) Signe's music moves along the borders of jazz, modern music and radio drama. The unique sound of the band comes from a rather exceptional instrumentation; there are three vocalists and a double bass player in this ensemble.
Finnish Folk Music and Tango
During the Oulu Music Festival, the folk music event Samuelin Poloneesi will also be held in Oulu. As co-production with the Finnish Folk Music Association, the Oulu Music Festival brings the harmonica band Sväng and the widely popular Estonian Trad! Attack band to Oulu. The concert held at Madetojan Sali is also joined by Oulu dance teacher training from Oulu University of Applied Sciences. The dinner concert at Uusi Seurahuone, which was hugely successful last year, will take the audience to the core of the Finnish tango with the soprano Helena Juntunen. Tango has a significant role in the Finnish culture and identity. The Finnish mindset can be strongly heard in our traditionally sorrowful tangos.
Celebrated Nautilus and KILL Carmen
Phenomenal, loved by critics and award-winning clown Trygve Wakenshaw of New Zealand brings a solo show Nautilus from his third under-water trilogy to Oulu. He will feed the audience's stream of consciousness with various creatures through a transformation game: intelligent animals meet up with stupid human beings. A dinosaur gets ready for a long nap. Jesus walks on water. Rapunzel looks for love. Wakenshaw's super funny physical comedies are constantly sold out at festivals around the world. His energetic and joyful shows include miming, vegan undertones, jokes, comedy, cowboys, stagehands and crayfish. Wakenshaw's visit to Oulu is organised through cooperation of Flow Circus and the local culture production of Valve on Tuesday 19.3. at Valvesali and on Wednesday 20.3. at Teatterikuoppa. Compañía Kaari and Roni Martin's KILL Carmen performance will visit the Oulu Music Festival on Saturday 23.3., in cooperation with JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre. Stage performances of the internationally acclaimed Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin are known for their barbarously absurd estheticism. KILL Carmen is both arrogant and cruel, seducing and bent. The orchestra led by Roni Martin, without hesitation, combines funk, flamenco and Balkan influences. Both Finnish and Spanish artists will be performing in this show.
All concert tickets are available now through Ticketmaster Suomi across the country. A service fee will be added to the ticket price. Tickets without service fee can be purchased from Oulu 10 -service points and Culture Centre Valve.
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