(c) Jaakko Paarvala

(c) Jaakko Paarvala

The founder and director of Tulkinnanvaraista is Juho Laitinen, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and conductor.

Juho received his initial training as a cellist and vocalist at Turku Conservatory, Royal College of Music in London and Mannes College in New York. After encountering the personalities and musics of Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Christian Wolff and others at the first Ostrava New Music Days seminar and festival, he changed his musical and professional path towards an advocacy of new and experimental art.

In setting up the Kallio New Music Days festival he created a platform to share intense musical gestures and ideas in alternative and more direct ways, outside the consumption-driven ethos of the mainstream. This was followed by an international recital series, in-depth work within the realm of improvised music and the initiation of a resident ensemble UMUU – all gathered now under the umbrella of Tulkinnanvaraista.

Juho views his musical work 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.