Terry Riley and many others booked to play Flow's The Other Sound
Flow Festival's experimental music program The Other Sound offers a particularly interesting and high quality selection of artists this year. There are some special treats from the worlds of classical and electronic music, as well as pioneers of experimental music. In addition to Terry Riley, The Other Sound will host Lena Platonos, Suzanne Ciani and Chino Amobi, among others.
Flow Festival's experimental program takes over Sun Effects Voimala stage, being named after Flow's partner, the light art collective and production house Sun Effects, that has been taking care of Flow's lightning design for over ten years. The experimental music program really comes into its own with the atmospheric lighting and video art, and there will be an impressive piece of video mapping and a light installation exhibition at the venue as well.
Taking the stage will be minimalist pioneer, Californian composer and pianist Terry Riley together with his son, guitarist Gyan Riley. Terry Riley is known for his long and vital career, for writing minimalism's first masterpiece and the massive impact his work has had on numerous genres of music from pop to avant-garde. The artist, who draws on Indian music and jazz for inspiration in addition to classical, is performing in Finland for the first time in decades.
Among new bookings to Flow is Lena Platonos, Greek electronic music pioneer and creator of abstract and often melancholy and poetic pieces, as well as American-Italian composer Suzanne Ciani, who is known as a sound artist and movie composer, with five Grammy nominations to her name, but started her career as an electronic musician. More experimental electronic at The Other Sound is provided by Abul Mogard from Serbia, who creates ecstatic walls of sound using synthesizers, organs and instrument he builds himself, and Kedr Livanskiy, who make eccentric techno and springs out of Russia's rich and vital ecosystem of underground cultures. American Chino Amobi will play his music that draws on grime, dark ambient as well as gunshots and other disturbing sounds.
On Sunday, The Other Sound is given over to legendary Amsterdam-based label Music From Memory, known especially for their ambient acts. We'll see Gigi Masin from Italy, whose career in ambient music spans decades, Spanish experimental musician Suso Saiz, who has been at the forefront of the Spanish avant-garde since the 1970s and equally accomplished pioneer Michal Turtle and his looping music, as well as Jonny Nash, who began his career in Japan in the early 2000s. Label owners and founders Jamie Tiller and Tako, who curated the Music from Memory day for Flow, will play DJ-shows at the festival.
In addition to Terry Riley, the experimental side of classical music is represented by Ukrainian pianist and composer Lubomyr Melnyk, who has created a musical language all his own with Continuous Music, and the University of the Arts Helsinki's Sibelius Academy's contemporary music ensemble NYKY Ensemble. Drawing from an older well are the world-famous harpsichordist and creative director of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra Aapo Häkkinen performing together with Bulgarian flautist Dimitre Marinkev. Also performing will be violinist and nyckelharpa player and Teosto Award nominee Meriheini Luoto, as well as two of the most interesting names in Finnish sound art right now: Olli Aarni will perform Kehä, his instant classic from last year and Antti Tolvi will perform the intensely meditative Gong.
Read more about the confirmed acts here.