Artists Kaija Saariaho

The Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has been living and working in Paris since 1982.

Kaija Saariaho

Helsinki (Finland), 1952

Residence: Paris (France)

  • Composer

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Appearances

J&W / JETW 931 / 1992

Complements

Various artists
[Independent] / EMH 2009 / 2009
  • Not in catalogue
  • Out of print
Centaur Records / CRC 2284 / 1996
  • Not in catalogue
Various artists
Neuma Records / NMA 45087 / 1994
  • Not in catalogue
Various artists
Neuma Records / NMA 45073 / 1990
  • Not in catalogue
Various artists
Wergo / WER 2025-2 / 1990
  • Not in catalogue

Articles written

  • Berndt Berndtsson, Juraj Duris, Kaija Saariaho, Stockholm Electronic Arts Award, September 1, 1997
    A musically expressive piece of the highest quality…

Jury Statement

Berndt Berndtsson, Juraj Duris, Kaija Saariaho, Stockholm Electronic Arts Award, September 1, 1997

Nuit cendre: A musically expressive piece of the highest quality where the composer, with admirable economy of means, transports us through acoustic environments which are sometimes reverential, sometimes terrifying.

Through an interplay of sounds from daily life and synthesized material he makes us aware of the conflict of realities in life in an industrial society.

The natural sounds have been transformed so as to acheive a kinship with the synthesized sounds, a kinship which the composer uses deftly to attain his aesthetic goals.

The acoustic material is used to build up clear musical gestures with a refined and sensitive ear. Musical intensity is not created with heavy sound masses, as so often in electroacoustic music, but through precise compositional interplay of contrasting elements.

The general impression is one of skill, sensitivity and awareness of the value of surprise.

A musically expressive piece of the highest quality…

Blog

  • Pierre Schaeffer

    Sound artist vivie’ vinçent (harpsicord) presents … mais le désir d’entendre, at La Sala Rossa (Montréal) from February 8 to 11, 2004. Two distinct concerts featuring works by Pierre Schaeffer, Kaija Saariaho, Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marco…

    Monday, January 19, 2004 / In concert
  • Barry Truax

    Música Viva 2003, the International Festival of Electroacoustic Music held in Coimbra’s Museu dos Transportes (Portugal), presents 6 days of concerts from September 12 to 18, 2003. Composer Barry Truax will present an octophonic concert Sep…

    Wednesday, July 9, 2003 / In concert

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