Encounters Club - spring 2019

The Encounters Club – free and open to all – meets in the main foyer of the Helsinki Music Centre.

The highly popular Encounters Club – a meeting place for creative and surprising encounters – continues with new programmes in spring 2019. The performers are players in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and their friends. Admission free – welcome! The session begins at 21 and the café is open until 22.30.


Musica nova: A tribute to Pan Sonic

Friday 1.2. at 21, Helsinki Music Centre, main foyer

At the opening club of the Musica nova Helsinki festival of contemporary music, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Korvat auki Society for Contemporary Music pay tribute to the Finnish forerunner of experimental electronic music Pan Sonic (1993–2009) and especially its late member Mika Vainio (1963–2017).

The works by four partners from different musical backgrounds make use of such elements as live electronics, instruments of their own making, electro-acoustic instruments and video art. Admission free.

Composer pairs:

Tytti Arola & Þorkell Nordal
Ava Grayson & Tuomas Ahva (Haruspex)
Petteri Mäkiniemi & Ilpo Jauhiainen
Jouni Hirvelä & Atte Häkkinen

Artists from Korvat auki perform with musicians from the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.


Pushkin Quintett

Friday 1.3. at 21, Helsinki Music Centre, main foyer

Lauri Kankkunen, cello
Joona Pulkkinen, cello
Joonas Mikkilä, piano
Eero Seppä, bass
Kristian Suninen, drums

Formed in 2006, the Pushkin Quintett is a combination of a jazz trio and two classically-trained cellists. The members of this Tampere-based line-up nowadays meet mainly for gigs, so the HPO’s Encounters Club this time really lives up to its name.

At this Club session, they will play their own arrangements of well-known pieces regardless of musical genre. The stand-up-type intros by Joona Pulkkinen are also a major element of the show; sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t.


American film music

Friday 29.3. at 21, Helsinki Music Centre, main foyer

Jorma Härkönen, guitar
Pekka Korhonen, bass
Pasi Suomalainen, percussion
Jani Lehtonen, violin

Established names in the film and light music field provide a taste of such American movie classics as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Schindler’s List and Once Upon a Time in the West. The Encounters Club meeting will feature music by Stephen Sondheim, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, Ennio Morricone and others.



Friday 26.4. at 21, Helsinki Music Centre, main foyer

Markku Maalismaa, voice
Veli Kujala, accordion
Mikko Innanen, saxophones
Petri Keskitalo, tuba & percussions

Classical and jazz, improvisation, literature and drama meet at the spring’s last Club in a programme in which music engages in dialogue with selected texts from the Incidences collection of stories by Russian writer Daniil Kharms. Heading the list of composer names are Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich. There will also be excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet performed earlier that night by the HPO.