Annika is constantly working together with contemporary composers and has premiered several works written especially for her. Annika has performed in festivals like Tokyo Wonder Site Experimental (Tokyo, Japan), Grimeborn Festival of New Opera (London, Great Britain), Rencontres des musicales de Vézelay (Vézelay, France), Musica Nova (Helsinki, Finnland), Tampere biennale (Tampere, Finnland), Helsinki Kamarikesä (Helsinki, Finland), West Coast Kokkola Opera Festival (Kokkola, Finland) and the Helsinki Festival. While her roots are in the classical bel canto singing style, Annika draws influence from folk music, free jazz, avant-garde, and baroque music, as well as experimental performance art. She holds a degree in Music Education from the Sibelius Academy and one in Singing Pedagogy from the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Annika has also studied composition and her works for chorus are performed actively at home and abroad. She has worked a lot with children’s choirs, as both conductor and singing teacher, having specialized in children’s voices. At the moment, Annika is working as voice coach and assistant conductor at the Tapiola Choir.
Elena Kakaliagou_french horn:
Elena Margarita Kakaliagou is a greekaustrian french horn player and performer, currently based in Berlin. Starting out with piano lessons, she moved on to the French horn at the age of 18. After completing her studies in Athens/GR with Vangelis Skouras, she moved on to KUGGraz/AT to continue her education under the teaching of Hector McDonald. Instructed by Erja Joukamo-Ampuja, Elena obtained her Master’s degree from Sibelius Academy/FI in 2010 /French horn and chamber music. During her career, Elena has received scholarships from Klangforum, Impuls and Ensemble Modern with teachers like Mike Svoboda and Bill Formann. Elena’s field of specialization is free improvised and contemporary music, next to classic chamber music. She has performed premiers and classical repertoire both as a soloist and as a member of Ensembles (Ensemble Linea, Unitedberlin, KNM Berlin, ohton) in Festivals like Ultraschall Berlin/DE, Maerz Music/DE, Randspiele/DE, Musica Nova/FI, Lábas/FI, Musica/FR, Warsaw Autumn/PL, New Adits/AT ao. She has also worked with individual artists: Riikka Innanen, Samuel Stoll, James Andean, Ingrid Schmoliner, Katharina Klement, Catherine Christel Hennix, Robin Hayward, Simon SteenAndersen, Thomas Noll, to name but a few. Elena is the cofounder of the Helsinkibased ‘Rank Ensemble’ (album “Papillo Noblei, Leo Records 2014), the Austrian trio ‘PARA’ (“paraligo” creative sources 2012& “paraphore” listen closely, 2014) the performance groups ‘Lúiss’ and ‘Continuous Variation’ and the brass trio “Zinc & Copper”.
Jaakko Nousiainen is a creative professional with a multidisciplinary background in audiovisual media, digital service design, performance, sound art, contemporary opera and music theatre. In recent years, Jaakko has mainly been working as stage director, writer and researcher, and at the moment he is developing new opera, research and film projects. In particular, he isinterested in novel forms of narrative in music theatre, as well as exploring the possibilities of emergent technologies in augmenting the performative event. Jaakko is endlessly fascinated by the capabilities of the human voice. Earlier in his artistic career Jaakko has been active as a sound artist, which has given him perspective on understanding some of the special characteristics of staging and dramatizing contemporary music.