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Time of Music explores inclusiveness and participation

Held in Viitasaari, Finland, the festival challenges its audience to participate in interesting discussions and compelling concerts. Top international guests include the IEMA Ensemble and the Neko3 trio.

The speech programme of Time of Music opens already on Tuesday 2nd of July with a theme discussion dealing with, among other things, the planned contemporary music institute project by Time of Music and the City of Viitasaari. The discussion will be held in Finnish.

The opening concert on Thursday 4th of July will present the international IEMA Ensemble (International Ensemble Modern Academy) consisting of young top musicians. Conducted by Raimonda Skabeikaitė, the programme of the concert features e.g. the work Orango by the Italian-Swiss composer Oscar Bianchi. The work explores the relationship between performers and audience, and in this performance the participating audience will consist of the students of the youth composition course organized by the Viitasaari Music Institute.The opening concert starts a tight concert program lasting the whole weekend, including top international visits, world premieres and Finnish premieres.

This year’s theme of Time of Music, Games of participation, reflects on inclusion and the role of artists and audiences in a world shaped by digitization and social media. The theme can be seen both in the festival’s speech program and in the concerts featuring many interactive works.

On Friday, 5th of July, the Finnish-Danish trio Neko3 will premiere the installation work Matrix of Modernity by the Finnish composer Walter Sallinen and dramaturg-writer Klaus Maunuksela, in which the audience moves among the performers during the performance and has an influence on the varying form of the work. The members of Neko3 are percussionists Kalle Hakosalo and Lorenzo Colombo and keyboardist Fei Nie. The performance of Matrix of Modernity also features percussionist Marta Soggetti.

During Time of Music, The Viitasaari Music Institute organizes a nationwide youth composition course which offers young people from all over Finland a possibility to work on their own compositions with musicians and composition teachers at an international festival. Teachers of the course are composers Sanna Ahvenjärvi and Minna Leinonen. The course is organized with the project funding of the Finnish National Agency for Education in cooperation with the Society of Finnish Composers and the Uuden Musiikin Lokakuu Festival (a contemporary music festival held in Oulu, Finland). You can read more about the course (in Finnish) at

The courses of the Summer Academy of Time of Music start on Tuesday, 2nd of July. Participants for the courses have already been selected. However, applications can still be sent for composer, oboist and curator Cathy Milliken’s course Delight –  fluid spaces of participation.

Time of Music will be held from 2nd to 7th of July 2024. Our next newsletter will be published at the beginning of May. Follow our news also on social media:

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