Better than The Swans.
— audience member after hearing Morton Feldman's Trio

UMUU Orchestra is the resident ensemble of Tulkinnanvaraista concert series. This flexible lineup of 1–30 musicians presents works of the historical avantgarde as well as experimental art music of our time. The orchestra's vision is to develop into an authority of graphic scores, microtonal and electroacoustic repertoire and sound art, with which elements of conceptual and performance art are fused. In all the activities we promote an equal and non-hierarchical art experience shared between composers, performers, listeners and other participants.

The versatile musicians assume at ease a variety of tasks as soloists and chamber and orchestral musicians. Some of them are seaasoned experts within the repertoire. Additionally UMUU offers work for the younger generation of professional musicians by recruiting players from regular open auditions.

The artistic director and conductor of UMUU is cellist and composer Juho Laitinen.



15 September 2018
music by John Cage and Christian Wolff
Rajatila Gallery, Tampere

19 September 2018
music by John Cage, Terry Riley and Christian Wolff
Taidekoti Kirpilä, Helsinki

5 October 2018
an evening of vocal improvisation
Myymälä2, Helsinki

13 October 2018
music by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Jukka Tiensuu and Iannis Xenakis
Gallery 3h+k, Pori

27 October 2018
Vincent Royer (BE) // Kari Peitsamo // music by Michael Pisaro
Balder Hall, Helsinki

7 November 2018
music by Peter Ablinger, John Cage, Vinko Globokar, Yoko Ono and Salvatore Sciarrino
Sibelius Museum, Turku

26 November 2018
music by Peter Ablinger, Vinko Globokar, Alvin Lucier, Yoko Ono and Erkki Salmenhaara, Salvatore Sciarrino and Karlheinz Stockhausen
ForumBox Gallery, Helsinki




Louis Andriessen
Workers' Union (1975)

Robert Ashley
The Wolfman (1964)

Earle Brown
Centering (1973)
Four systems (1954)
Special events (1999)

Gavin Bryars
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971)
1, 2, 1–2–3–4 (1971)

John Cage
Aria (1958)
Concert for Piano and Orchestra (1958)
Living room music (1940)
Song Books (1970)
Speech (1955)
String Quartet in Four Parts (1950)

Mario Davidovsky
Synchronisms No.1 (1963)
Synchronisms No.9 (1988)
Synchronisms No.12 (2006)

Morton Feldman
Durations 2 (1960)
Intersection 4 (1953)
Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1981)
Projection 1 (1950)
Structures (1951)

Trio (1980)
Two instruments (1958)

Charles Ives
String Quartet No.2 (1914–16)

Tom Johnson
Rational Melodies (1982)

Mauricio Kagel
Con voce (1972)
Sextet (1953/1957)

Magnus Lindberg
Tre stycken (1976)

Alvin Lucier
Fideliotrio (1981)
I am sitting in a room (1970)
Indian summer (1993)
In memoriam Jon Higgins (1984)
Love Song (2016)
Music on a long thin wire (1977)

Music for cello with one or more amplified vases (1992)
Music for pure waves, bass drums and acoustic pendulums (1980)
Silver streetcar for the orchestra (1988)

Tapper (2002)

Phill Niblock
A Y U (1999)
Baobab (2011)
Disseminate (1998)
FeedCorn Ear (2012)
Harm (2003)
Poure (2008)
SLS (1980)
A Third Trombone (1978)

Two Lips (2011)

Luigi Nono
La fabbrica illuminata (1964)
Fragmente–Stille, an Diotima (1989)

Horatiu Radulescu
Immersed in the wonder (1996)

Einojuhani Rautavaara
Oboe Quartet (1957)

Steve Reich
Four Organs (1970)
Pendulum Music (1968)

Wolfgang Rihm
Musik für drei Streicher (1977)

Terry Riley
G Song (1980)
In C (1964)
String Trio (1961)

Frederic Rzewski
Coming together (1973)

Erkki Salmenhaara
Concerto for two violins (1963)
Elegia II (1964)

James Saunders
assigned #5 (2002)
assigned #9 (2005)

Giacinto Scelsi
Elegia per Ty (1958)
Kya (1959)
Maknongan (1976)

Natura renovatur (1967)
Pwyll (1954)
Trilogia, i tre stadi dell'uomo (1957–65)

Martin Smolka
Squeaking wings (2015)

Karlheinz Stockhausen
Zeitmaße (1956)

James Tenney
Glissade (1982)

Jukka Tiensuu
Plus (1992)
Rubato (1975)

Galina Ustvolskaya
Piano sonata No.6 (1988)

Matthew Welch
Symphony in Drones (2001)

John White
Drinking and Hooting Maching (1969)

Christian Wolff
Duo for Violins (1950)
Cello Suite Variation (2000)
Edges (1969)
For 1, 2 or 3 people (1964)
For Piano 1 (1952)
Grete (2007)
Microexercises (2006)

Pairs (1968)
37 Haiku (2005)

Iannis Xenakis
Dhipli zyia (1952)
Ikhoor (1978)
Keren (1986)
Kottos (1977)
Morsima–Amorsima (1962)
Pour Maurice (1982)
Roscobeck (1996)
Six chansons (1951)

John Zorn
Cobra (1984)