Tulkinnanvaraista is a concert series of new and experimental music established in 2010. The series is directed by its founder, cellist, composer and conductor Juho Laitinen.

The activities focus on presenting experimental art music of our time as well as works from the historical avantgarde and modernism. Experimentalism is seen as an artist’s practice to create new and previously unheard music by using means and methods of research – be it systematically or intuitively. Thus Tulkinnanvaraista merges with a historical continuum represented in Europe by composers such as Anton Webern, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Salvatore Sciarrino and Jukka Tiensuu and in the USA by Charles Ives, John Cage, Alvin Lucier and others.

The series also brings to fore important solo, chamber and orchestral works from the last 100 years that are largely neglected in the mainstream musical culture. Many of these works, performed by UMUU Ensemble, are heard in Finland for the first time.

Tulkinnanvaraista elaborates on the vision of its founder to create a non-hierarchical and communally shared artistic experience based on free association. Music brings together body, mind and spirit in an expression of aesthetics, philosophy and ethics. But overall it remains a beautiful mystery.