Ville Raasakka (b.1977) uses site- and situation-specific material for his compositions. These can be anything from field recordings to website discussions, dealing with everyday situations, social and political issues. He is currently in the artistic doctoral programme at the University of Arts Helsinki, focusing on site-specific composition.
His works have been performed at the Eclat (Stuttgart, Germany), June in Buffalo (Buffalo, New York), Tage Der Neuen Musik Bamberg (Germany), Festival Archipel (Geneva, Switzerland), 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 have worked with him include 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) and Nyky Ensemble (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).
He studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Veli-Matti Puumala and privately with Georges Aperghis in Paris and took masterclasses at the Donaueschinger Musiktage, Centre Acanthes, June in Buffalo and at the Viitasaari Time of Music from Helmut Lachenmann, Georg Friedrich Haas, Brian Ferneyhough and Hans Abrahamsen. As lecturer he has given workshops for students of composition at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (Germany), the Liszt Academy of Music (Hungary) and at the Sibelius Academy (Finland). He has also worked as the festival leader of the Ung Nordisk Musik in 2005-2010 and as the artistic director of Uusinta Ensemble (FI) in 2012-2016. Since 2017 he has been working as a curator for the Tristero Piano Trio (FI).
Contact: ville.raasakka (at) gmail.com
Photo: Juha Järvinen