Sounds of Luosto -festival brought back the spirit of Luosto, a relaxed communal and relaxed atmosphere. Audiences come to concerts in their casual clothes, and during the main concert, you can pick blueberries while listening.
The Sounds of Luosto festival hosted an exhibit in Sodankylä on the effects of climate change on Lapland, curated with Dr. Stéphanie Lefrère PhD. The opening concert of the festival featured the premiere of the commissioned work “Voara”, composed by Elisar Riddelin. The festival’s piano recital celebrated Beethoven’s 250-year anniversary. The performance began with composer Kalevi Aho introducing his piano sonata “Hommage a Beethoven”. One of the solo recitals of the festival featured pianist Tarmo Järvilehto. The old wooden church of Sodankylä was home to a musical garden, where clarinetist Helmi Malmgren and flautist Livia Schweizer performed. The End of Times concert was built from pieces born in the midst of war and crisis. Friday night lightened up to the beats of the Sodankylä Big Band. Amongst the non-concert programming of the festival was a lecture by child psychologist Jari Sinkkonen, who spoke about the effect music has on children and played some flute. Ukko-Luosto’s outdoor stage gathered an audience of over 350 people! The main concert on Ukko-Luosto was opened by Ilkka Puputti playing Kalevi Aho’s Solo X, high behind the audience on the rear stage. Legendary soloist Anders Paulsson performed Kalevi Aho’s concerto for soprano saxophone during the main concert of the festival. In the Chapel of the Northern Lights, the Transfigured Night concert found atmosphere in endless twilight of late-summer. On Sunday morning in the Sodankylä old church, accordion player Minna Ristamäki led audiences into the eye of the storm. The final concert opened with Widmann’s trio “Es war einmal…” The final concert also featured a piece by Tanya Tagaq which mimics traditional throat singing with string instruments. The festival ended in Dvorak’s incredible “Dumka” Quintet