© Tuomo Manninen 2011
The mixed choir Koiton Laulu (Helsinki, Finland) was founded in 1952. The choir has a firm ideological background, and its name is still strongly associated with the Finnish political song movement of the 1970s, being one of its founding members.
Koiton Laulu has always promoted the development of Finnish choir music from an amateur perspective. One of its key principles has been cooperation with modern composers and poets, both Finns and non-Finns. The choir's repertoire is uncompromising, demanding and diverse; the amount of commissioned works and first performances is probably without equal in Finnish choir music. The choir has performed the works of internationally recognised composers for the first time in Finland (Mikis Theodorakis’ Canto General conducted by the composer, Hanns Eisler’s The Mother and works by Veljo Tormis, among others).
Koiton Laulu has recorded ten albums on their own and performed on a great number of others. The choir can be constantly seen and heard on Finnish television and radio, and in Finnish movies. Parts of its repertoire have also been published as sheet music.
The choir has performed also in Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Cuba, Estonia, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), Ireland, Sweden, the Soviet Union and Uruguay.
© Raili Takolander
The choir’s artistic leader Tomas Takolander is a Finnish musician, pedagogue and performing artist. He composes for and performs with various instruments and several groups within multiple musical genres and art forms. He has wide experience in classical and contemporary music as well as African American rhythm music, jazz and Latin music.
Tomas has a Master's degree in music education and is currently studying in Glomas - Global Music Master’s program at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. He has also studied trumpet and singing at the Conservatoire National Supérieur (CNSMD) of Lyon, France.
Tomas Takolander has a wide experience in vocal music, having worked both in the Sibelius Academy Vocal Ensemble and the Helsinki Chamber Choir for many years. He has conducted Kallion laulu, a mixed choir based in Helsinki.
Tomas Takolander has experience of stage productions, mainly contemporary dance, but also musicals and theatre, as a composer, musician, dancer and actor. He is the co-founder of Cirque des Puces - a multidisciplinary performing arts company. The aim of the company is o create pieces where the so-called 'principles' of performing arts are combined and fused together. The company creates stage works combining music, dance, theatre and circus.
”There is a space between the arts and between people. I'm fascinated by the creative force of that nominally empty space that sometimes seems as if to take over.”
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