Global Spring: Ossi Raippalinna 

The hat and the pockets 

In his final master’s exam concert percussionist Ossi Raippalinna explores rhythm as a source for compositional ideas. 

The theme is represented through examples inspired by musical traditions like the Senegalese sabar, djembe, talking drum, frame drums, Scottish bodhran, and electronic beats. These genres share a common factor, a melodic approaches to percussion playing. 

Ossi´s musical journey has also involved improvisation and co-creation, and they have become the core of Ossi´s music-making. The show features collaborations between students from the Global Music department and guest artist colleagues.  

For Ossi, the title of the concert, or “to pull from the hat” represents unexpected musical creativity achieved by improvisation and musical flow state. The pocket refers to owning the musical creation and making it groove together.   


  • Nicolas Castaneda 
  • Yildirim Melisa
  • Mehrnoosh Zolfaghari 
  • Ndioba Gueye 
  • Tero Rantanen  
  • Juho Tuomainen  
  • Devina Boughton
  • Tossy Mboup
  • Ibrahima Mbaye

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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Artistic level performances at Sibelius Academy 

Artistic level performances are demonstrations evaluated by assessment committee consisting of teachers, who will provide a versatile picture of the student’s musical and technical skills. The level performances provide the public a chance to see new stars being born and offer a versatile view of our students’ skills.

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.


16.5.2024 at 19:30 – 20:30


Black Box

Mannerheimintie 13

00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre


Free admission

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