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LONGING. Kaija Saariaho, Jüri Reinvere

14.02.2016 at 4 pm Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Tallinn

The 2015-2016 season of HELIjaKEEL (SOUNDandLANGUAGE) led by Kammermuusikud, in addition to its usual mandate of juxtaposing music and poetry, focuses more on different musical styles.
The second concert of the HELIjaKEEL Saariaho Festival – LONGING will feature electronic music, which plays a major role in music of both composers represented on the program – Kaija Saariaho and Jüri Reinvere.


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Jüri Reinvere: Reekviem. III The Opposite of Thought (2009) 
Kaija Saariaho: Cendres (1988)
Kaija Saariaho: Nymphea (1987)
Kaija Saariaho: I Attente and II Douleur from Quatre instants (2002)
Kaija Saariaho: Petals (1988)
Jüri Reinvere: Piano quartet (2015)

Arianna Savall (soprano, Spain); Camilla Hoitenga (flute, USA); Triin Ruubel, Egert Leinsaar, Olga Voronova (violin); Laur Eensalu, Andres Kaljuste (viola); Theodor Sink, Leho Karin (cello); Diana Liiv (piano); Tammo Sumera (electronics)

Kaija Saariaho is a prominent member of a group of Finnish composers and performers who are now, in mid-career, making a worldwide impact. She studied at the Sibelius Academy and continued her studies in Freiburg and from 1982, at the IRCAM research institute in Paris – the city which has been most of the time her home ever since. At IRCAM, Saariaho developed techniques of computer-assisted composition and acquired fluency in working on tape and with live electronics. Before coming to work at IRCAM, Saariaho learned to know the French ‘spectralist’ composers, whose techniques are based on computer analysis of the sound-spectrum. This analytical approach inspired her to develop her own method for creating harmonic structures, as well as the detailed notation using harmonics, microtonaly and detailed continuum of sound extending from pure tone to unpitched noise. (retrieved from

Jüri Reinvere is an Estonian composer and author, whose works are rooted in the Central-European cultural space. At times, his music can be passionate, always retaining a northern coolness. His musical language ranges from consonant harmonies to an utter lack of harmony altogether. Multimedia works make up the core of his oeuvre, which includes documentary and aesthetic music, but his works are otherwise difficult to characterize by genre. Literary themes play an important role in his work, which is particularly influenced by English literature. Reinvere is also known for his political aptness, which is balanced out with his theological background. In 2000, his work Loodekaar (Northwest Bow) won the International Rostrum of Composers in the category of composers under 30. Reinvere has recently garnered attention for his operas. In 2012, the Finnish National Opera premiered Purge, based on the novel by Sofi Oksanen, and Peer Gynt was premiered by the Norwegian National Opera in 2014.

Singer and harpist Arianna Savall (Spain) was born in Basle into a family of Catalan musicians. 2002 saw her debut in the Barcelona opera house in a production of Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo directed by her father Jordi Savall, in which she took the role of Eurydice. Critics praised the production as one of the most beautiful and magical versions of Orfeo. Her passion for early music and for improvisation has led her to the other extreme: contemporary music. In June 2006 she performed as a singer in the work by Helena Tulve Lijnen in Tallinn, which was also later recorded by ECM with the group Nyyd Ensemble, conducted by Olari Elts, with whom she also performed at the Rennes Opera, singing Quatre Instants by K. Saariaho. She has undertaken several projects with Helena Tulve which premiered at the Monaco Opera with Vox Clamantis with Jaan-Eik Tulve conducting. In 2008 she sang L’abbé Agathon by Arvo Pärt with the Amsterdam Cello Octet. In 2010, she performed at several festivals dedicated to the music of Arvo Pärt, including the Nargen Festival (Estonia), which celebrated the 75th birthday of the Estonian composer.
It is as if the beauty of Arianna’s voice were truly the voice of a fairy. (El 9 Nou, MMVV 2010, M. Rius) The critics also refer to her as The fairy of the harp. (retrieved from

Flutist Camilla Hoitenga (USA) is at home on stages all over the world. Her repertoire ranges from pre-Bach to post-Stockhausen, from concertos to music for flute alone from state-of-the art pieces for live video and electronics and interdisciplinary projects. Her recordings, in particular those with Kaija Saariaho, have won awards in France, Great Britain and in North America. She has performed concertos written for her by composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Péter Köszeghy, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi and Raminta Serksnyte and worked with conductors like Marin Alsop, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Susanna Mälkki, Alan Gilbert and Vladimir Jurowski in concert halls and important festivals all over the world. A frequent guest in Japan, and with a great interest in Japanese culture, she has also premiered dozens of pieces written for her by Japanese composers. (retrieved from

Tickets: 12.-, 15.-, 30.-