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John Cage: Song Books, with Joan La Barbara, stage / music director

Course Description John Cage: Song Books is a performance-based course  for singers, instrumentalists, actors, composers, and those working with electronics. Song Books (composed in 1970) is a large-scale theater-work consisting of 90 “Solos” which is put together by the performers who choose which Solos they will perform and map them over an agreed-upon duration timeline.The… Read more »

Composition course, taught by Liza Lim

Composition Course The composer course consists of public lectures and private  student lessons. It is possible to apply for the course with an option to compose a new piece for a chamber ensemble formation  (available ensembles will be Quatuor Bozzini ,Riot Ensemble  and Norbotten Neo, 2-8 musicians) which will be premiered during the last days… Read more »


Time of Music Festival and Summer Academy 2023 will take place on 4-10 of July 2023. Time of Music Summer Academy offers unique opportunities to study contemporary music with the world’s first and foremost composers, pedagogues and musicians in an inspiring environment with colleagues from all around the world. Application to the courses is now… Read more »

Contemporary Piano, taught by Marilyn Nonken

Contemporary piano During the course, young students and professionals have a chance to work with pianist Marilyn Nonken on a wide range of 20 th -century and contemporary piano music. Nonken may be best known for her work with composers of spectral music (Tristan Murail, Hugues Dufourt, Jonathan Harvey), but she is also strongly dedicated… Read more »

Time of Music’s anniversary festival fulfilled all the expectations

After two exceptional years, the Finnish contemporary music festival Time of Music offered the latest works of contemporary music on its own terms. The festival’s 40th anniversary program opened with the world premiere of Mark Applebaum’s longest work to date.The one hour-long Venture Capital Punishment was performed by New York-based Talea Ensemble. Evoking both excitement and positive confusion, the concert was… Read more »

Time of Music’s 40th anniversary video now on YouTube

Interviews made at Time of Music in 2021 about the coming 40th anniversary festival. Discussing Artistic Director Johan Tallgren, cellist Markus Hohti, former employee Jari Hoffrén, Mayor of Helsinki Juhana Vartiainen, and the founder of Time of Music Timo Kinnunen. Video by: Kim Saarinen.

Major international works on the diversity of life

The diversity of nature, humanity, and history opens up in Time of Music’s 40th anniversary programme. ”Compared to last year’s emphasis on smaller scale works, this year we will hear larger compositions performed by international ensembles”, festival’s artistic director Johan Tallgren reveals. Building on the theme Mundi Novi – New Worlds, the largest programme in… Read more »

Time of Music’s 40th anniversary charts new musical worlds

Image and space are vividly present in Time of Music’s 40th anniversary program. Titled MUNDI NOVI – NEW WORLDS, this year’s festival provides numerous international premieres and interdisciplinary art collaborations.   The opening concert of the festival presents the world premiere of Mark Applebaum’s composition Venture Capital Punishment. Known for his theatrical and crossboundary works, Applebaum’s multifaceted and one-hour long composition is performed by New… Read more »