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April 20: SIGNS AND SIGNALS

Friday, April 20th, 2012

STEPHANIE BERGER, © 2012. COPYRIGHT BELONGS TO STEPHANIE BERGER. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

We finish off the Festival with a tour-de-force of new works for large and small ensembles featuring SIGNAL, called “one of the most vital groups of its kind” by the New York Times, and led by the phenomenally astonishing conductor Brad Lubman. MATA presents the final commission of 2012: a large-scale work by Francesco Filidei, a Paris-based Italian composer who is taking Europe by storm. Also featured: the vicious, heart-stopping Viola Quartet by Eric Wubbels, David Coll’s Position,Influence for soprano and electronics based on the speeches of Charles de Gaulle, Alex Freeman’s gorgeous work for solo Kantele (the Finnish folk instrument, played by Eva Alkula, who swoops in from Finland especially for this performance);and the Spanish-based Mexican composer Ivan Orozco’s glittering, salsa-influenced work for player piano and live pianist (the inimitable Kathleen Supové).

This evening will be hosted by Q2 Music’s Nadia Sirota 

Program

Jacob Cooper, Tryptich III: Alla stagion dei fior (2012), video

Eric Wubbels, Viola Quartet (2007)

Francesco Filidei, Ballata n.2, MATA Commission (2012) World Premiere SIGNAL Ensemble

David Coll, Position, Influence (2010), for soprano and electronics. Mellissa Hughes, voice.

Alex Freeman, Magnolia (2002), for kantele. Eva Alkula, kantele.

Ivan Ferrer-Orozco, Traces IV: Anamnesis (2009), for piano and tape. Kathleen Supove, piano.

Eva Alkula

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Kantele artist Eva Alkula specializes in contemporary and electro-acoustic music and in Japanese fusion music.

Alkula performs as a soloist and in various chaimber music ensembles in Finland and abroad. She has performed widely around Europe, in USA and in Japan. She visits Japan regularly and collaborates with the local musicians e.g. koto artist Tomoya Nakai. Alkula has joined the major classical music festivals in Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway  and has premiered works by various contemporary composers both in Finland and abroad. She has also worked as a musician in several theaters and operas in Finland, Estonia and Ireland.

Alkula has released a solo album ‘Helios’ in 2007. Album ‘Youkihi’ with koto artist Tomoya Nakai was released in 2009. Alkula has also broadcasted in The Finnish Broadcasting Company, BBC and NHK (Japan) and participated in several film and documentary productions. Alkula has worked with the electric kantele since 2003 and has electro-acoustic projects e.g. with violin artist Pekka Kuusisto, Tomoya Nakai and electro band KONEV.

In 2003 Alkula graduated with a Master of Music from the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki where she studied contemporary and classical kantele music with kantele artist Ritva Koistinen. In 1999-2000 Alkula studied Japanese koto in Hokkaido University of Education in Sapporo with koto artist Yukiko Takagaki. Alkula has won the 1st prize in the National Kantele Competition in 2003. At present  Alkula’s work is supported by an artist grant by The National Council For Music.