To Heidi Hassinen, music is brutally honest emotions. Inspired by her previous studies in Musicology, music philosophy and the study on perception are among her interests she also attempts to mirror in her artistic work. Especially the many varied possibilities for expression in electroacoustic music are close to her heart.

Currently Heidi Hassinen studies Composition at Sibelius Academy, under the guidance of Lauri Kilpiö, and she will spend the next academic year at MDW, Vienna studying electroacoustic composition with Karlheinz Essl. Alejandro Montes de Oca introduced her to acousmatic composition, and she has attended composition master classes with Magnus Lindberg, David Poissonnier, Giovanni Verrando, José Maria Sánchez-Verdú and Daniele Bravi.

Besides composition, she is interested in programming and studies Computer Science at the University of Helsinki.

Huoli (2017)

For mezzo soprano, voice, alto flute, piano, percussions and tape

huoli, [ˈhuɔli]

1. anxiety; worry, worried about smth; fear, concern, concerned; trouble, sorrow. Worry about the future. Someone has worries. Be anxious about something or someone. Give reasons to worry. No worries.

2. care, care-taking, looking after, providing. Take care of one’s parents. Provide for your aging mother. Be in someone’s care.

As Huoli was born in collaboration with dramaturge Elli Salo, having strong roots in radio-play, the electroacoustic mini-opera mixes spoken dialogue, recorded voices and soundscape to the instrumental expression more conventional for opera. The piece was premiered by mezzo soprano Elli Vallinoja, actor Juho Keränen and contemporary music ensemble Zagros in December 2017, and later broadcasted on the Finnish National Radio.