Glo­bal Spring: Ali Hait­ham

Sound from Baghdad

Iraqi musician and composer, Ali Haitham, presents a collection of his Arabic and oriental compositions, which are characterized by instruments such as oud, qanun, riq, darbuka, all carefully intertwined with a string ensemble.  

Ali’s music explores a unique hybrid space that merges Eastern and Western instruments, rhythms, maqams, melodies, tuning systems, and approaches to harmony. The compositions are inspired by musical, cultural, and personal influences gathered during Ali’s long journey from Iraq to Finland.  


  • Ali Haitham, oud, compositions 
  • Lotta- Maria Heiskanen, violin 
  • Silva Kallionpää, violin 
  • Ana Lazar, violin 
  • Päivi Pousar, violin 
  • Linda Palin, viola 
  • Mila Laine, cello 
  • Smaranda Liftime, cello 
  • Merve Abdurrahmani, piano 
  • Kaisa Siirala, saxophone 
  • Berke Satilmis, clarinet
  • Ricardo Padilla, percussion 
  • Daniel Al Attrash, qanun 
  • Mohammed Raheem, Arabic percussion 
  • Repkat Parhat, guitar 

More info: Anna Huuskonen,

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

Access to the Musiikkitalo from the direction of Mannerheimintie will be difficult. We recommend that you allow enough time for your arrival and use the entrance on the side of Kansalaistori if possible. According to current information, the entrance to Mannerheimintie will also remain in use throughout the renovation, but pedestrian routes can be challenging at times.

We recommend following the official information channels of the renovation project, where you can find the most up-to-date information.


16.5.2023 at 18:00 – 19:00


Black Box

Mannerheimintie 13

00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre


Free entrance

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