24-Hour Finn

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From start to 'Finnish' on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, Q2 gives the internet airwaves over to Finland. 24-Hour Finn is the first in a series of continuous, day-long spotlights of different facets of today’s diverse and thriving New Music scene. Nadia Sirota, who just returned from touring in Iceland and Europe, hosts 24-Hour Finn.

Finland’s independence was deeply tied to pivotal musical figures like Jean Sibelius, so it comes as no surprise that, as a people, the Finns are deeply invested in their culture and music. 24-Hour Finn highlights music from a colorful spectrum of three generations of Finnish composers, including those already in the pantheon and those still making a name for themselves at school.

Tune in throughout the day to hear Q2 world premieres of countless recordings from Finnish-focused record labels Ondine and Alba and discover new sound worlds previously unexplored. Featured composers include Eero Hämeenniemi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho, Iiro Rantala, Jukka Tiensuu, Maria Kallionpää, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Seppo Pohjola, Lotta Wennäkoski, Rene Ertomaa, among many more.

Q2 wants you to leave your thoughts on this program of contemporary music, both about specific pieces and about artists. Help us welcome our fellow composers, ensembles, soloists and music enthusiasts from Helsinki to Lapland. Also, where do we turn our attention next? The Netherlands? Argentina?

Hear Nadia Sirota each weekday from 12-4, a.m. and p.m. Listen 24/7 to Q2 through our pop-out audio player or iTunes.