Estimated duration

2 h, incl. intermission


Osmo Tapio Räihälä

Art emerges from the same source, where music embodies both visual art and poetry, and natural phenomena become melodies – art fundamentally embodies synesthesia, the experience of things through different senses.

At Osmo Tapio Räihälä’s profile concert “Synesthesis” in the Paavo Hall, audiences will immerse themselves in the composer’s works from the 2020s. Through the music, one can admire the swarm intelligence of animals, the adaptive capacity of organic nature, and the world premiere of a song as part of chamber music. This is framed by electronic music.

Performers at the concert include the Avanti! and Airo quartets, soprano Olga Heikkilä, musicians from the Radio Symphony Orchestra, and conductor József Hárs.

Prior to the concert at 5:15 pm in the Paavo Hall, Osmo Tapio Räihälä will take on his alternate role: the author of the Finlandia Award-winning book “Why is contemporary music so difficult” will discuss the works (in Finnish) and elucidate contemporary art music in a manner accessible to the listener without musical training. Admission to this event is free.

The works to be heard during the concert:

Versum (series of electronic music), premiere
Insolenza (String Quartet No. 3)
Swarm (String Octet)
Biodegradable Kiss (for flutes and percussion)
Song series for soprano and chamber ensemble, premiere
Pragma (chamber ensemble)