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Dear all and dear Open Call Artists,

(Übersetzung folgt) there have been rumours and yes, it is true: There will be two Kaamos shows and they will be not be identical :)
Here comes a program sketch for both days. As this is all quite in the making. Changes might occur.
Kaamos Radio can be heard on:
https://datscharadio.de and: openradio/live.in
But here we go… already with some sounds!

February 13-14 The NIGHT Broadcast

Jingles spoken by (this is for both events):

  • Kari Soinio
  • Leevi Tuominen
  • Sophea Lerner

Guests in the studio:

  • Anita Hannunen – Serlachius Museum
  • Kari Soinio – artist in residence
  • Tixa Juka – feeling dealer
  • Tyyra Juka – mushroom expert
  • Matti Kivilahti + 1 (or 2) – poet, teacher and priest

Night Stream Special:

Aelita by Marold Langer-Philippsen

Composers and Contributors:

  • Brainquake
  • Elmo Holopainen
  • Felipe Otondo
  • Jaana Korhonen
  • Jane Foley / Warlock Fulltime
  • Kate Donovan
  • Michael Begg
  • Konrad Behr / Rundfunkorchester Weimar
  • La Claud
  • Sebastien Pafundo
  • Stories in Colour
  • Tom Miller
  • Trihn Lo
  • Vernon & Burns

February 20 The Day Broadcast

A focus is put on shows and recording made by and with the local people of Mänttä/Vilppula and Ruovesi.
Also, a special on Karelian lament songs – with artist Krisi Poutanen – is in preparation.

Guests (so far): Mika Tepponen – Merikanto -Opisto; Anita Gratzer, artist in residence; Tomi Voronin (Poet Society Mänttä-Vilppula)

Evening Stream Special from 7pm to midnight:

Aelita (2nd part of the journey) by Marold Langer-Philippsen

Composers and contributors

  • Björn Eriksson (and sound art class: Cecilia Enberg, Anna Lindkvist, Amanda Nowèn, Lisa W. Carlson, Louise Ölund, Karl Åberg )
  • Blanc Sceol, in collaboration with Charlotte Wendy Law and James Worse
  • Eliot Hernandez
  • Nate_Live_Drum
  • Joan Schuman
  • Jaana Korhonen
  • Joost van Duppen
  • Kirsimaria Törönen
  • David Rothenberg and Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu 
  • Duncan Chapman
  • Leon Crowes
  • Pink Twins
  • Ricardo de Armas
  • Silo Portem
  • Stelios Giannoulakis
  • Steve Bates
  • Steve Transcoder
  • Ursula Rogg
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Kaamos – this means something like arctic night, melancholy, darkness, yes, and also somehow “lock-down”. A story of the Sami in Lapland tells of the sun retreating into a nest behind the horizon during these days. Others say it is the time when the earth breathes long and deeply and draws strength … while it breathes out in the other half of the year – such blowing the life-breath into the plants and animals of the earth to awaken them.

Whatever will happen now during this 14-hour program dedicated to winter and its long, long, deep breath, it will take place at a leisurely pace.

Please note: We start in Mänttä at 7 p.m. local time; in Germany it is 6 p.m. (CET) and accordingly different times in other places.
A view of the slightly snow-drifty program is hereby given, put blankets and pillows ready:

7-9 Mänttä People Open Doors
with:

Anita Hannunen, Representative Serlachius Residency. Anita took me on a sleigh ride around the small island here in front of the Einola house. It was a kick sled, and while I set comfortable on the tiny wooden seat, she pushed the sled while telling me about ‘kaamos’ and her horse Lissu…

Kari Soinio (Artist in Residence). Kari is a visual artist based in Helsinki. We mostly meet at breakfast, neither of us talking much. And we meet in the evenings talking more – ocasionally. He will introduce his work to us and maybe talk about the different kinds of snow in this region of the world.

Tyyra Juka will join us with her husband Tixa and bring some mushroom samples along. Do mushrooms grow during wintertime too, I wonder? Tyyra will know the answers. She is a nature resource producer by profession and mushroom counsellor number 7263 (sienineuvoja). She is also member of the board of Local Conservation of Nature Society (Suomen luonnonsuojeluyhdistys, Virtain-Ruovesden luonnonsuojeluhdistys ry.) And as well a member of the Finnish Mycological Society (Suomen sieniseura ry.).

Matti Kivilahti is a poet and a teacher and a priest. He wrote to me sending three poems about the ‘kaamos” state of mind and feeling. We will listen and talk and translate and exchange our thoughts. He will bring a guest along who is also a writer. Hyvä!!!

The Open Call! More than 30 compositions reached Kaamos Radio, all of them special: from ice swimming to artic opera, from time-warped Berlin punk (?) poetry to orchestral fridges. And more – I cannot tell since I am still sorting out the timelines. There is a rough plan, and a list of participating artist will follow shortly in an extra post. Bear with me! Shorter pieces will be played in between the conversations (will we grab a coffee or pancake); 11pm to 1am pieces of a medium lenght will be introduced; durational pieces will accompany us in the long hours before the sun rises from its nest.

Rough schedule continued: 9-11

Tixa is a reindeer bone sawing man! Click on the audio player to the right on this page. (I am still editing the other jingle) He also catches fish, lost a jacket made to “greet the bears”, and he is a man of words and sounds. Most important: He is a ‘feeling dealer’. What feelings will he trade for us? A portable record player will be brought along, together with whatever he feels fit to make these dark times lighter for us listeners.

11-1am (still Helsinki time): Musings, Open Call, a snow cake meditation, a “Twilight talk”, sleigh rides, we’ll see… (details until Friday)


Starting from around 1am (12pm CET): Radio artist Marold Langer-Philippsen will step in at this time of the night and convert the ‘stream’ into a six hour kaamos dreaming. His piece is called “Aelita” and this is what he writes:

“Frozen bells, Aelita, and radio messages from Mars will be the base for soundscapes and stories from the void in the universe and a vast bluish Kaamos landscape.”

From approximately 7am to 8 am more selected compositions from the open call contributions will be played and you may join me in my getting up from the studio sofa bed and drinking coffee under a sky filled with the distant drones of the Mänttä paper factory.

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Kaamos Radio. A radiophonic journey into the (sub)arctic winter

Kuunvalo nukahti ja tähdet katosivat taivaalta. Ja maa hengitti hiljaa lumen alla.

The moonlight fell asleep and the stars disappeared from the sky. And the earth breathed quietly under the snow.

KAAMOS RADIO: An invitation
The term ‘Kaamos’ refers to the lightless period of the year (above the 60th latitude) when the sun lingers below the horizon. Kaamos is the time of darkness, of stillness and quietude and of the arctic light, a time of storytelling, contemplation and of taking a rest. A Sami legend tells us of the ‘Nest days’, because it was believed that the sun rests like an egg in its nest during that time. ‘Kaamos’ also stands for a mental state that is difficult to endure and is also used synonymously for winter depression in Finnish culture.

LOCATION
The town of Mäntää-Vilppula is located approximatly 180 km northeast of Tampere, on the shores of Lake Melasjärvi. It is surrounded by a sparsely populated landscape made up of forests, lakes and rivers. Temperatures in January and February go from – 20 to -2 degrees Celsius. Northern lights occur at times.  

KAAMOS RADIO will track both the phenomenon and variations of its inner states. Please share with us:

  • your theme specific compositions
  • favourite winter-time stories
  • poems and spoken word
  • recordings and investigations

Please send your files via wetransfer to kaamos@datscharadio.de.
Please provide two or three lines each about the piece and yourself including a website, if possible. Please put Kaamos Radio Contribution as a subject line.

LIVE STREAM
As the project is still in its planning stage, the final dates need to be confirmed yet. Scheduled are

  • Saturday, February 13, 2021
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021

The length of the broadcasts is between 2 and 6 hours on the respective days.

DEADLINE
Please submit your audio piece until the 3rd of February 2021

KAAMOS RADIO is a temporary radio art project located at the residency studios of the Serlachius Museum in Mänttä/Central Finland. It is initiated and maintained by the Berlin sound artist and performer Gabi Schaffner, in cooperation with Sophea Lerner (Open Radio, Helsinki), Marold Langer-Philippsen (radiolada, Bratislava) and aporee.org (Berlin)

SCHEDULE
The program will grow with the flow of the events. There is no fixed time schedule. You’ll find a list of all participating artists on the datscharadio website in due time.

COPYRIGHTS
Kaamos Radio is a non-commercial art and culture project. The copyright for all submitted files remains with the artists. The legal model is the Creative Commons License (see http://creativecommons.org/learn/licenses).

KAAMOS RADIO CAN BE HEARD ON

  • datscharadio.de
  • openradio.in
  • in collaboration with other radio stations and projects (if interested, please, let me know)

CONTACT
kaamos@datscharadio.de
www.datscharadio.de

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