Markku Klami's vocal and instrumental music will be heard on several occasions during the 2022-2023 season. The season highlights include performances of Elegia (2022), set to the poems by Katja Klami, at Tampering Festival in Tampere on August 20, 2022 and Sibelius Music Festival in Loviisa on September 4, 2022. Soprano Tuiki Järvensivu will sing in both performances with Tampering Ensemble and TampereRaw Ensemble, respectively.
Elegia is centered around big, fundamental questions about life: the thoughts and feelings aroused by involuntary childlessness, the experiences and emotions engendered in the sole caregiver by the decline of a dear one ravaged by senile decay, and the inexorable advance of climate change and global conflicts.
Elegia was commissioned by Tampere Biennale and received its first performance, given by Tuiki Järvensivu and TampereRaw, at Tampere Biennale in April 2022. The Finnish Broadcasting Company nominated Elegia to The International Rostrum of Composers in 2022, organized by The International Music Council. The commission of Elegia was supported by the Sibelius Fund.
Guitarist Patrik Kleemola will perform a selection of Etudes (2021), a work commissioned by and dedicated to him, at the Turku Guitar Festival on October 28, 2022 and WEW Contemporary Music Festival on November 22, 2022.
During February and March 2023, Kleemola tours with the entire Etudes cycle in Finland and gives the German premieres of Etudes Nos. 6, 4, 9 and 10 at the forum of contemporary music festival in Oberstdorf, Germany. The concerts in Finland feature the entire Etudes cycle, with the concert world premiere at the opening concert of Sibelius Academy's International Guitar Pedagogy Conference at Organo hall of the Helsinki Music Centre on February 3, 2023. After the premiere, Kleemola performs the Etudes on Feb 8 at The Church of Holy Cross in Rauma, Feb 10 at the Pyynikki hall of the Tampere Conservatory of Music, Feb 17 at the Concert hall of the Helsinki Conservatory of Music, Feb 19 at the Korkalovaara Chappel in Rovaniemi and Feb 21 at the Kaamos Gallery of the Kuusamo House in Kuusamo.
The 10-movement cycle of Etudes was published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen in 2021 and released on Kleemola’s YouTube channel over a period of 10 weeks from September to November 2021. The videos contain a performance of each Etude, accompanied by a conversation with Kleemola and Klami. The commission of Etudes was supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland and The Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Klami’s recent work for mixed choir, into the deep peace (2021), set to the texts by John Muir, will get its world premiere and five subsequent performances on Audite Chamber Choir’s 30th anniversary tour, conducted by Jani Sivén. The tour starts in Turku on November 12, 2022, followed by five more concerts in Tampere (February 10, 2023), Jyväskylä (February 11, 2023) and Helsinki (March 10 & 11 and April 6, 2023). The Finnish Broadcasting Company will record and air the concerts in Helsinki on March 10 and 11, 2023. The commission of into the deep peace was supported by The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.
Audite Chamber Choir’s anniversary tour portrays six new choral works written for Audite by composers Alex Freeman, Anna Huuskonen, Markku Klami, Finn Shields, Jani Sivén and Matthew Whittall. Each work is inspired, in different ways, by nature and the human relationship with nature and its effects on nature. The concert tour, featuring light design by Ainu Palmu, takes the audience on a journey to the Sierra Mountains in California, to the depths of the oceans and reflects on human activity in relation to nature and our responsibility towards the earth, our surrounding environment and future generations.