“well detailed harmony, counterpoint and strong expressionism.”
Antti Myllyoja is a Finnish composer and pianist (b.1981). Typical elements for his music are well detailed harmony, counterpoint and strong expressionism. Inspiration for his music is usually coming from contemporary art, literature and nature. Recent years Myllyoja has been working with many Taiwanese artists from different fields such as theater, film, fine arts and dance. In 2012 he founded Radical Snail Office theater with actress and director Yutsen Liu. This was a starting point for his cross-arts collaborations.
Antti Myllyoja 是位芬蘭籍的作曲家和鋼琴家(1981年生)。他的作品範例經常可以感受到細緻和聲、對位和極致的表現主義。他的創作靈感通常來自於當代藝術、文學和自然。近年，Myllyoja嘗試和許多台灣不同領域的藝術家合作，他們分別來自劇場、電影、美術和舞蹈等。2012年他和兼具演員、導演身分的劉郁岑共同成立基進蝸牛辦公室，這是Myllyoja跨藝術合作的起始點。
Elements of Taste | 《滋味的組成》
Elements of Taste is a musical expedition to find out what creates a good taste. Maybe we can discover some answers from four classical elements: water, soil, fire and air. This piece continues Myllyoja’s collaborations with other art forms. Welcome to experience what happens this time when he meets master baker Juha Mäkelä on stage.
Samples | 範例:
Antti Myllyoja – Autumn Bells for Piano (Video)
Antti Myllyoja – For People Who Have A Big Hole In Life for Piano (Video)
Antti Myllyoja plays in Black Meal (黑食) by Hu Chia (胡嘉)
Antti Myllyoja – “Silent Unity” 8 min ver. feat. “Monster” by Yutsen Liu
Article about Antti Myllyoja (Chinese):
台北冬令實驗 將會發表世界首演的當代音樂新作 Antti Myllyoja 以及其他演出者
Lost Sounds consists of new generation Taiwanese musicians Yi-Wei Yang, Hsuan-Jung Huang and Sze-Ting Huang with the trio’s instruments zheng, pipa, liuqin and zhongruan. Name of the group originates from a certain type of “dotty sound” which the three instruments share that brings to mind works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama whose name, when read in Chinese (Míshēng) forms a homonym with Lost Sounds in Chinese. ‘Lost’ means trying to find a way to balance traditional instruments and all styles of music when exploring the limitless possibilities of sound.
After formed in January 2017, the unique Lost Sounds music pieces are composed by the members of the trio, or are rearrangements or tailor-made commissions from other composers in the hope of deeper experience, and to think in a new way of traditional instruments in the contemporary life.
In 2017, Lost Sounds was chosen as a part of Taipei Fringe Festival program to perform actively in the streets and in music events. Experimental nature of their performance received appraisal. In addition to performing in concerts, Lost Sounds have worked together for example with tea business, having performed in Taoyuan International Airport for international visitors who stopped for a tea and Taiwanese music.
Samples | 範例:
Lost Sounds (迷聲) – The story of Taipei City-Passenger
Lost Sounds (迷聲) Introduction Video | 演出片段回顧
“Though healthiest cereal, unlike wheat or rye, oat is challenging, almost impossible to bake with.”
I remember my grandma, born in North Karelia, the easternmost part of Finland. She used to bless the sourdough by using her fingers to form a cross gently on the dough when baking. This small gesture has two meanings. One is to bless the dough and bread. Secondly, when the cross has disappeared, it was sign that the dough was risen or proofed enough, or as professionals may say, it has fermented enough to be baked. The practice is still very typical for that region.
My roots and half of my family have always been farmers; furthermore, as a kid and teenager I used to spend almost every summer with my cousin and work at his place in the countryside. Several years later, when I was studying baking and working as a baker, I found this magical ingredient or, as my teacher put it, the oat found me. Ever since, it all has been clear to me: using that know-how, I want to develop more novel and innovative oat bread – to bake the best oat bread.
But is baking oat bread art or just hard science? Either way, it is for our blessings, and I let you to decide it by yourself.