Finland's largest contemporary music festival Musica nova Helsinki returns 2 February 2021. The coming edition of the festival is themed Polytopia, inspired by Greek composer and architect Iannis Xenakis and his pioneering Polytopes project. The programme includes works by this year’s resident composers Lisa Streich and Simon Steen-Andersen among others.
Award-winning composer and multimedia artist Steen-Andersen performs a specially commissioned version of his work Run Time Error. Echoing the style of Xenakis’ Polytopes, Steen-Andersen’s installation combines video art, music and movement into an audio-visual geo-mapping of the Central Library Oodi.
Several works by Steen-Andersen and the highly praised composer-organist Streich will be heard during the festival. As far as conditions allow it, both composers will participate in artistic work conducted in Helsinki.
All concerts in the festival are organised according to latest audience restrictions and other safety arrangements.
Musica nova's programme will be announced and tickets will go on sale in segments later this autumn and early next year. The main organisers of Musica nova are Helsinki Festival, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, Yleisradio (the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra) and the Society of Finnish Composers.