Global Spring: 8381km until here

“8381km until here” is an instrumental balafon and live-electronics solo performance that was composed in September 2023 and was first performed at the opening of annual contemporary art’s exhibition Survival Kit 14. I titled this performance “8381km until here” because that is the distance between my place of origin (Latvia, Riga) and my balafon instrument’s origin (Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou). It is a reflection on migrating to a cold place from far away and regrounding into a new land. In my artistic expression with balafon, I have been exploring the tradition and technique of balafon music within my own artistic identity that holds backgrounds in Latvian folk music and Western classical marimba music. In some way I hold a musical long-distance friendship within myself.

Further information: Eeva Hohti,

Global Spring 13.-17.5.2024

Global Spring is an annual festival featuring students, teachers, alumni and special guests representing Sibelius Academy’s Global music programme. The global music studies embraces pluralistic, fluid approaches to sound, culture and identity, creating new hybrid musical spaces through intercultural dialogue and collaboration. This year’s festival has the special theme of percussion and rhythm. Expect a feast of inspiring concerts, workshops, and discussions that highlight diverse approaches to working with rhythm through the hands of performers from around the world, celebrating the diversity of our planet.

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Mannerheimintie renovation project

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16.5.2024 at 19:00 – 19:30


Black Box

Mannerheimintie 13

00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre


Free admission

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