Research project resulted in three new premieres for electric violin

Professor of Artistic Doctoral Studies at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Mieko Kanno performs compositions for electric violin and electronics. Concert has been recorded in the Helsinki Music Centre Black Box Hall on November 21st 2017 and it was a part of annual MuTeFest festival of the Sibelius Academy Department of Music Technology.

Three new works were premièred in this solo event. It is an outcome of prof. Kanno's research project ‘Modelling a Virtual Violin’ with software ‘Octet Violins’ enriching the tonal palette of the electric violin together with electronics. 

Octet Violins are existing instruments, invented and built by American luthier and mathematician Carleen Hutchins (1911-2009). Being unsatisfied with the existing set of string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and doublebass), she engineered a set of eight instruments (treble, soprano, mezzo, alto, tenor, baritone, small bass and contrabass) for the violin family with shared resonance characteristics across the whole range.

- My project ‘Modelling a Virtual Violin’ was in collaboration with Alex Harker (Huddersfield University, UK) and Mike Newton (Edinburgh University, UK), funded by UK’s AHRC. We developed the software that applies impulse responses taken from the set of Octet violins held in the Reid Museum, Edinburgh (Scotland) to an input signal such as that from an electric violin. The responses can be combined and modified to create a virtual (and imagined) body for the electric instrument. Three youngish composers have created beautiful music for me and my electric violin. The programme includes an existing work by Jukka Tiensuu for violin and electronics, newly adapted by the composer for this project, Kanno says


Sergio Castrillón: GROANS OF A DRY AND EMPTY LAND, 3 pieces (première)
Dimitris Papageorgiou: deti (première) 
Jukka Tiensuu: oddjob (1995)
Josué Moreno: Passacaglia for Vanja (première)

No interval.

Josué Moreno’s Passacaglia for Vanja has a subtitle: On the Building of Sonic Weather. The piece is an homage to the composer Jovanka Trbojevic.