I work with ecologies and environments in musical composition. This means investigating and recording ecologically vital places and materials. I use these recordings as base material for writing acoustic, electronic or mixed media works and try to find musical expression to the political and social entanglements these places or materials are involved in.
Sometimes I work on a particular site, like in Du trüber nebel hüllst mir (2015), which I recorded entirely inside the coal power plant in Hanasaari, Helsinki. Sometimes the work is a staging of a particular situation, like Everyday etudes no.1: garden (2015), that is based on numerous archive field recordings and the use of garden tools, soil, seeds and flowers on stage. I am currently in the artistic doctoral programme at the University of Arts Helsinki.
My works have been performed at the Eclat (Stuttgart, Germany), Mise-En Music Festival (New York City), Tage Der Neuen Musik Bamberg (Germany), Festival Archipel (Geneva, Switzerland), June in Buffalo (Buffalo, New York), Chiffren – Kieler Tage für Neue Musik (Kiel, Germany), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht, The Netherlands), l’Abbaye de Royaumont (Royaumont, France), Klang Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark), Festival Loop (Bruxelles, Belgium), Open Music (Graz, Austria), Bendigo International Festival for Exploratory Music (Bendigo, Australia), Canadian Music Centre (Toronto, Canada), ISCM Hungary (Budapest, Hungary), Suså (Naestved, Denmark), Sirga Festival (Tortosa, Spain), Centro Gabriela Mistral (Santiago de Chile, Chile), Musica Nova Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland), Festival Musica Estranha (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Time of Music (Viitasaari, Finland), Tampere Biennale (Tampere, Finland), Baltic Circle (Helsinki), and Nordic Music Days (Reykjavik, Iceland) to name a few.
Groups that I have worked with include Mise-En Ensemble (US), Ensemble Schwerpunkt (DE), Defunensemble (FI), Dal Niente (US), Uusinta Ensemble (FI), Curious Chamber Players (SE), Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (FI), Alter Face (ES), Helsinki Chamber Choir (FI), Gageego! (SE), Lapland Chamber Orchestra (FI), Nyky Ensemble (FI) and Hyvinkää Orchestra (FI) as well as soloists such as Emil Holmström (FI), Saar Berger (Ensemble Modern), Markus Hohti (FI), Marco Blaauw (MusikFabrik), Lauri Sallinen (FI), Tomeu Moll-Mas (ES), Kaisa Kortelainen (FI), Tinna Torsteinsdottir (IS), Janne Valkeajoki (FI), Stephanie Chua (CAN), Väinö Jalkanen (FI), Mariann Marczi (HU), Risto-Matti Marin (FI), Waltteri Torikka (FI), Antti Tikkanen (FI), Minna Pensola (FI) and conductors such as Dima Slobodeniouk (FI), Rei Munakata (SE), Nils Schweckendiek (FI), Dalia Stasevska (FI), Nazanin Aghakhani (AUT) and Ville Matvejeff (FI).
I studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Veli-Matti Puumala and privately with Georges Aperghis in Paris and attended masterclasses at the Donaueschinger Musiktage, Centre Acanthes, June in Buffalo and at the Viitasaari Time of Music with Helmut Lachenmann, Georg Friedrich Haas, Brian Ferneyhough and Hans Abrahamsen. I’ve given guest lectures at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (Germany), the Liszt Academy of Music (Hungary), the Aalto University (FI) and at the Sibelius Academy (FI). I have also worked as the chairman of the Ears Open association in 2004-2006, festival leader of the Ung Nordisk Musik in 2005-2010 and as the artistic director of Uusinta Ensemble (FI) in 2012-2016. Since 2017 I am working as a curator for the Tristero Piano Trio (FI).
Contact: ville.raasakka (at) gmail.com