Finnish ensemble to give free Reykjavik concert

Finland’s Elokuu Ensemble chamber music orchestra is on a mini Nordic tour with stops in Denmark, Iceland and Finland. The Reykjavik stop is this Tuesday night at the Nordic House and entry will be free.

Elokuu means August in Finnish – making it a highly suitable way to see in the new month. The concert programme says:

Elokuu-ensemble (August Ensemble) is a 10 year-old Finnish chamber music orchestra bound together by passion and friendship. The members – Kati Arikoski, Anna-Mari Murdvee, Reetta Kataja, Leena Jaakkola, Mikk Murdvee, Jussi Aalto, Mathias Hortling and Samuli Peltonen – have been highly successful in several national and international competitions. The players also conduct their careers in several symphony orchestras as well as leading a professional life as soloists and chamber musicians. Elokuu-ensemble performs regularly round the year within smaller ensembles and gathers at the end of summer in Southern Ostrobothnia, in the town of Seinajoki, where they organize a chamber music festival called Savelia Elokuussa (Tunes in August).

The repertoire of Elokuu-ensemble is wide – from solo pieces to sextets and septets. During this particular 2010 Nordic tour we are happy to perform music composed by the Dane Hans-Henrik Nordstorøm, the Icelander Karolina Eiriksdottir and the Finn Aulis Sallinen, among the others. This tour is kindly supported by the Nordic Culture Fund.

Nordic House, Reykjavik, 20.00, 3rd August