Near the old gas bells, squirrelled away among what used to be power plants, we find Tiivistämö, a venue that will once again host Flow Festival’s program for experimental music The Other Sound. Artists booked to perform as a part of the program include Midori Takada, Moor Mother, Faka, Laura Cannell and LSDXOXO.

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Photo credit (c) Maija Astikainen

Since 2010 the carefully and tastefully curated The Other Sound has been one of the biggest annual looks at the state of experimental music in Finland. This year the stage was curated by Flow Festival’s artistic director Tuomas Kallio and Arttu Tolonen from the booking team. The 2017 The Other Sound is infused with the spirit of Philip Glass, as evidenced by his own words: “The flow of attention is like the flow of eternity. It’s something that is not noticeable but once that becomes part of the process the whole idea of content begins to change.”

Tiivistämö’s The Other Sound will host Midori Takada, who used to play with the Berlin Philharmonic but eventually turned to Asian and African percussion music. She has been compared to great American minimalists like Steve Reich and Terry Riley. The re-release of her classic album Through the Looking Glass inspired Pitchfork to call for its inclusion “in the pantheon alongside Steve Reich’s most notable works”

Also taking the stage will be Moor Mother with her noise, spoken word and social criticism, Johannesburg-based performance art duo and two-man cultural movement Faka and their exploration of the queer body in post-colonial Africa through beats, visuals and even literary methods, British violinist Laura Cannell who is moving towards a profoundly modern interpretation of music from the Middle Ages, New York-based 24 year old producer wunderkind and dj LSDXOXO, Danish noise-jazz collective Selvhenter, Berlin-based Japanese composer and visual artist Tatsuru Arai as well as Sweden’s Neutral with their melding of European and American minimalist impulses, from krautrock to The Factory and postpunk to earthy harsh noise.

 

Award-winning virtuoso Dmitry Sinkovsky will perform at Tiivistämö’s The Other Sound together with Aapo Häkkinen, the artistic director of Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. Sibelius Academy’s NYKY Ensemble offers an 80th birthday retrospective into the works of Philip Glass, taking us on a journey from New York’s conceptual art galleries to the world of pop and radical minimalism to emotional chamber music. The other Finnish performers at The Other Sound include Läjä Äijälä’s electronic music project Veli-Matti O. Äijälä & The Kolmas; Black Motor, a jazztronaut space trip and a vehicle for stretching the expressive power of the traditional trio to beyond breaking point, producer Ville Riippa’s and drummer Mika Kallio’s experimental duo Plié; Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L with their melting pot of hippie rock, folk music and trancey tendencies, as well as underground hero of electronic music Mesak.

Previously confirmed acts at Flow include Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, The xx, Aphex Twin, London Grammar, Ryan Adams, Beth Ditto, Danny Brown, Flume, Moderat, Young Thug, Goldfrapp, Death Grips, The Afghan Whigs, Sparks, Black Lips, Car Seat Headrest, Sampha and Angel Olsen.

Flow Festival takes place in Helsinki’s Suvilahti area on August 11–13 2017. Flow Festival’s confirmed partners for 2017 are

Flow Festival’s confirmed partners for 2017 are main partner Lapin Kulta, partners Aalto University, American Express, Bright Finland, Oatly, OP Financial Group, Paulig, Plan B, Stopteltat, Sun Effects and Zalando, as well as media partners Basso, Clear Channel, Helsingin Sanomat and Resident Advisor.