Global Spring: Susjaira Kerpens: Aruban Identity


  • Susjaira Kerpens, voice, composition
  • Aarne Toivonen, drum kit
  • Artur Uronen, pedal steel guitar
  • Merve Abdurrahmani, piano, voice 

As a native Aruban, Susjaira Kerpens revisits her past and navigates the present in her investigation of the relationship between Aruban musical identity and Aruba’s unspoken traumas. In this concert, Susjaira unveils pieces of her Aruban roots through exploring and recalling buried emotions found deep beneath the vulnerability of her own experiences, as well as looking to the future, reimagining her own sense of identity.

Global Spring 16.-20.5.

Global Spring is an annual festival featuring students, teachers, alumni and special guests representing Sibelius Academy’s Global Music Department. The Global Music Department embraces pluralistic, fluid approaches to sound, culture and identity, creating new hybrid musical spaces through intercultural dialogue and collaboration. Expect a feast of dynamic, innovative and inspiring concerts, featuring performers from around the world celebrating the diversity of our planet.

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Additional Information:  Eeva Hohti


16.5.2022 at 20:00 – 21:00


Black Box

Mannerheimintie 13

00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre


Free admission.

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We want to create a safe event experience even during the corona. Please read the safety instructions here before arriving at the event.

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