"Everyone is excited to join in and inquiries have already come in about when the project will expand and whether we can add more partners to the Northern Connection network"
Northern Connection is a new and innovative project that aims to connect Nordic countries and Scotland by establishing and strengthening liaisons between composers, ensembles and festivals in contemporary music.
Northern Connection started in 2023 with the main partner countries Finland, Norway and Scotland. In 2024, the project continues with Iceland and Denmark joining. Northern Connection is initiated and led by Music Finland.
Each country’s selected commission will be performed by one of the ensembles at a festival in at least one of the partner countries, and possibly more, during 2023 and the following years.
"It's been a pleasure to plan a new type of cooperation with our northern partners. It's especially gratifying to have Scotland with us in the project. Everyone is excited to join in and inquiries have already come in about when the project will expand and whether we can add more partners to the Northern Connection network," says Heli Lampi, Music Finland's Head of Communications and Promotion.
Northern Connection is built on the principles of sustainable development and ecological awareness, and it enables the creation of long-term cooperative relationships between contemporary music professionals in northern countries. The commissioned works will get more than one performance and the ensembles will tour in the partner festivals in an environmentally sustainable way.
In this programme, composers will get new commissions, ensembles will get new material for their repertoire and festivals will get new programme from the neighbouring countries – which is sustainable and financially wise. New contacts, ideas and networks will strengthen co-operation and bring additional value to the contemporary art field in the northern area.
Northern Connection's 1st premiere
Defunensemble performing Lisa Robertson's "Am Fàsach" at Musica nova Helsinki festival, March 1st 2023, G Livelab club. Photos by Julius Töyrylä.
Northern Connection's 2nd premiere
Ensemble Temporum performing Lauri Supponen's "North" at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, September 23 2023. Photos by: Signe Fuglesteg Luksengaard / Ultima
Northern Connection's 3rd premiere
Red Note Ensemble performing Tine Surel Lange's "Flaskepost" at Sound Scotland, October 25th 2023. Photos by: Henning Askjer Lefsaker
Watch an interview video on Tine Surel Lange and "Flaskepost".
Read FMQ Magazine's article: Northern Connection – Nordic cooperation to combat throwaway compositions and touring emissions (April 27th 2023)
Read Music Finland's spotlight article: Lauri Supponen – Composer as a deep listener (April 24th 2023)
Read: The second premiere of Northern Connection takes place at Ultima Festival – Music Finland (September 19th)