I work as a composer in the field of acoustic ecology. I’m focused on materials as sound sources. My interest in materials is two-sided: materials occurring in their natural form (water, wood, peat, gravel, coal, oil, minerals) and how they are used in industrial production (of plastics, papers, packaging, fuels, chemicals, everyday objects). My interest for acoustic ecology started as a combination of my work as a composer of instrumental musique concrète and general interest in ecology. Analysis of sound and ecological issues are my key interests as an artist and an individual.
In recent work, I have investigated coal power plants in Finland, coal mines in Pennsylvania, packaging materials in supermarkets, natural resources used to make personal hygienic products, and petrochemical by-products in kitchenware. The investigation of packaging materials resulted in the piano concerto Hypermarket and Hypercommodity (2015), and looking into hygienic products resulted in a work for guitar, objects and electronics called Everyday Etudes No.2: Personal Possessions (2016). Recording the Hanasaari coal power plant in Helsinki resulted in a work for brass quintet and field recordings called Power Plant (2016).
At the moment I am working on a piece commissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, investigating the materials and sounds from coal mines in a specific five-mile area in Pennsylvania. After this I will look into kitchen materials in Every Etudes No.4: Kitchen (2019) for two pianos, kitchenware and electronics, commissioned by Alter Face.
My works have been performed at the Eclat (Stuttgart, Germany), Mise-En Music Festival (New York City), Tage Der Neuen Musik Bamberg (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