Maija Hynninen composer
Welcoming the new day in the world of composer Maija Hynninen is not soft like early morning rays. In DAWN BREAKS, Hynninen does away with the cliches of warmth and comfort in the morning. Performing all of the electronics on this album, Hynninen characterizes everything in her world, presenting soundscapes that are truly unique.
The first track, winnowing, sets the precedent for Hynninen’s vision of the morning by “separating the grain from the chaff.” The composition is comprised of experimental piano descending into an electronic noise collage which contains sound manipulations of nature. The composition was inspired by Hynninen’s observance of the movement of birds, from mating seasons to flocks migrating in autumn and spring. winnowing is followed by …sicut aurora procedit – as dawn breaks. The composition represents a backwards travel through time from the sun sitting high in the sky to the first light of dawn. Composed for violin and electronics, Hynninen plays with the riveting moments of the first rays of light hitting the horizon.
Created for female voice, ensemble, and electronics, Orlando-fragments reflects one’s perception of the world evolving over time. The piece includes four poems written by Henrikka Tavi and inspired by Virgina Woolf’s novel Orlando, a story involving one man (who eventually becomes a woman) who lives for three centuries. The last track, Freedom from Fear, involves Hynninen “transcribing” interviews of Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi through oboe. Based on the composer’s fascination with Kyi’s words, Hynninen’s composition builds an ambient, chaotic atmosphere, with the oboe echoing and creating wild feedback. The resulting sound is sublime and pushes the limit of what was once known about composition to its breaking point.
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Track Listing & Credits
|01||Winnowing||Maija Hynninen||Jaana Kärkkäinen, piano; Maija Hynninen, electronics||13:51|
|02||...Sicut aurora procedit (Version for Violin & Electronics)||Maija Hynninen||Mirka Malmi, violin; Maija Hynninen, electronics||13:43|
|03||Orlando-Fragments: I. Unelma||Maija Hynninen||Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano; Hanna Kinnunen, flute; Lily-Marlene Puusepp, electric harp; Mikko Raasakka, clarinet/bass clarinet; Anna Kuvaja, piano; Maija Hynninen, electronics||7:33|
|04||Orlando-Fragments: Sormiharjoitus 1||Maija Hynninen||Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano; Hanna Kinnunen, flute; Lily-Marlene Puusepp, electric harp; Mikko Raasakka, clarinet/bass clarinet; Anna Kuvaja, piano; Maija Hynninen, electronics||1:42|
|05||Orlando-Fragments: II. Tammipuu||Maija Hynninen||Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano; Hanna Kinnunen, flute; Lily-Marlene Puusepp, electric harp; Mikko Raasakka, clarinet/bass clarinet; Anna Kuvaja, piano; Maija Hynninen, electronics||6:14|
|06||Orlando-Fragments: Sormiharjoitus 2||Maija Hynninen||Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano; Hanna Kinnunen, flute; Lily-Marlene Puusepp, electric harp; Mikko Raasakka, clarinet/bass clarinet; Anna Kuvaja, piano; Maija Hynninen, electronics||1:46|
|07||Orlando-Fragments: III. Suunnit||Maija Hynninen||Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano; Hanna Kinnunen, flute; Lily-Marlene Puusepp, electric harp; Mikko Raasakka, clarinet/bass clarinet; Anna Kuvaja, piano; Maija Hynninen, electronics||5:15|
|08||Freedom from Fear||Maija Hynninen||Kyle Bruckmann, oboe; Maija Hynninen, electronics||12:31|
Recorded November 25, 2010 at Studio M2 of the Finnish Broadcasting Company in Helsinki, Finland
Recording Producer Karoliina Vesa
Recording Engineers Tommi Slotte & Timo Kurkikangas
…SICUT AURORA PROCEDIT: AS THE DAWN BREAKS
Recorded June 11–12, 2018 at the Helsinki Music Centre, CM&T Studios in Helsinki, Finland
Recording Producer & Engineer Maija Hynninen
Recorded February 12–14, 2014 at Studio M1 of the Finnish Broadcasting Company in Helsinki, Finland
Recording Producer Karoliina Vesa
Recording Engineer Niko Paakkunainen & Maija Hynninen
FREEDOM FROM FEAR
Recorded January 8, 2019 at Hertz Hall in Berkeley CA
Recording Producer Maija Hynninen
Recording Engineer Maija Hynninen & Jeremy Wagner
Artist photos Maarit Kytöharju
Cover art adapted from Artwork by Eero Tiittula
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Jacob Smith
VP, Audio Production Jeff LeRoy
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
Mastering Shaun Michaud
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Sara Warner
Maija Hynninen (b. 1977) — composer and sound artist — works in concert music, electronic instrument design, and multidisciplinary performances. The essence of her music builds on the unique moments where the parameters of this world are slightly altered to allow a glimpse of another reality to be present. It can be a moment where the timbre of purely acoustical writing gives surprising results or when electronics project sound into another domain, space, and reality.
Jaana Kärkkäinen studied at the Sibelius-Academy, the Conservatory in St. Petersburg and the Vienna Academy of Music. She has been the soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Avanti! and other orchestras. She has given the premiere performances of works by many composers, among them Erik Bergman, Kimmo Hakola, Usko Meriläinen, Seppo Pohjola, Veli-Matti Puumala and Maija Hynninen and has recorded repertoire by Usko Meriläinen, Jouni Kaipainen and Olivier Messiaen.
photo: Johnny Korkman
Mirka Malmi, violinist, is an active partner in various chamber music ensembles and has given a number of premier performances. She appears regularly on various music festivals in Finland and is often heard on recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. Among Malmis interests are also cross-artistic collaborative projects. In recent years, Mirka Malmi has focused on violin and chamber music of early female composers in Scandinavia. Since 2002 Malmi holds a violin position in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The Finnish pianist Anna Kuvaja is a versatile musician who performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player and has partnered a great variety of artists. She is also renowned as a fortepianist and on the other hand has given first performances of several contemporary compositions. Anna came to public attention with her critically acclaimed debut recital in Helsinki in 2008 and has given numerous concerts in her home country and abroad since then, as well as recording for YLE (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) and appearing at many festivals. Since 2010 Anna has complemented her performing with educational work at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, where she is highly regarded as a teacher.
Hanna Kinnunen studied the flute at the Sibelius Academy and also in Paris. She has worked in many orchestras, including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2003–2006, 2010–2013) and Tapiola Sinfonietta (2014). As a chamber musician she has appeared in numerous festivals in Finland and elsewhere in Europe, specializing in contemporary music. Contemporary music is the focus of her artistic doctoral studies at the Sibelius Academy as well. She teaches at the Sibelius Academy and at the music school in Käpylä, Helsinki.
Henriikka Tavi (poet, fiction writer, columnist) teaches creative writing, works together with artists from other art branches and has translated poetry and academic work into Finnish. Her books have won and have nominated to several literature prizes in Finland and Nordic Countries. She is a founding member of Poesia, a poetry publishing cooperative, and also known also from her experiment “Kaksitoista”, an attempt to publish 12 books in a year.
photo: Heli Sorjonen
Harpist Lily-Marlene Puusepp holds a Master of Music degree from Sibelius Academy. Puusepp performs contemporary music regularly and is a member of the Finnish electroacoustic group defunensemble. Puusepp has also worked as an orchestral harpist in Finland and Norway. In addition to performing Puusepp teaches harp in Helsinki metropolitan area music schools.
photo: Lilian Pärni
Mikko Raasakka is a freelance clarinetist living in Helsinki, Finland. He completed an artistic doctorate at the Sibelius Academy in 2005. Raasakka is especially known for his work with contemporary music. He has premiered dozens of new works for clarinet and bass clarinet, including six concertos. Since 2009 Raasakka has been a member of defunensemble, an exploratory Finland-based new music group devoted to the performance of electro acoustic music. He is also a member of the Zagros Ensemble. Raasakka has performed at festivals in sixteen European countries, Canada, USA, Australia and South Korea. His first solo CD Eliangelis (2014) had an enthusiastic feedback from the press.
photo: Anne Raasakka
The Finnish soprano Tuuli Lindeberg is one of the leading performers of baroque and contemporary vocal music in her native country. She collaborates regularly with the best chamber orchestras and chamber music ensembles in Finland, and appears frequently as a soloist in oratorios, other choral works, stage productions and in concert recitals. She has given several premieres of new vocal works written for her voice. Ms.Lindeberg holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.
photo: Heikki Tuuli
Kyle Bruckmann Oakland-based oboist and composer and performer, has work that extends from a Western classical foundation into gray areas encompassing free jazz, post-punk rock and the noise underground. He is a member of acclaimed new music collective sfSound, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, Splinter Reeds, Quinteto Latino, and the Stockton Symphony, and teaches at UC Santa Cruz, Davis, and Berkeley. Since moving to the Bay Area from Chicago in 2003, he has performed as a substitute with the San Francisco Symphony and most of the area’s regional orchestras while remaining active in an international community of improvisers and sound artists, appearing on more than 80 recordings of various genres.
photo: Uli Templin