(c) Jaakko Paarvala

(c) Jaakko Paarvala

The founder and director of Tulkinnanvaraista is Juho Laitinen, a cellist, composer and conductor.

As a cellist he has focused on large-scale works of the historical avant-garde and modernism, such as Giacinto Scelsi’s Trilogy,
Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a chromatic field and John Cage’s 26’1.1499” for a string player. He views the study and performance of these works as a holistic process during which technical, philosophical and aesthetic aspects of the music are fused together into a psychological-physical-spiritual whole. This concept was researched within a doctorate at Sibelius Academy titled Manifesto of Sounding.

His compositions deal with ambiguous characteristics in the physicality of sound, an open-minded approach to new sounds made by new instruments and the promotion of a non-hierarchical, freely associative art experience.

Pursuing musical direction has led him to an thorough study of works by Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff, Iannis Xenakis and other prominent and unknown composers of new and experimental music.