Heliä Mailiis Viirakivi is a singer, flutist and improviser from Finland. Her artistic work combines contemporary music and improvisation in the frame of academic contemporary music, and she also has a long experience working with Finnish folk-gospel music. She is an active performer of contemporary music and always eager to work in multidisciplinary art projects. Her recent performance collaborations include composers such as Benjamin Dwyer, Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Gon Muruaga, Eladio Aguilar, Anna-Mari Kähärä, Manuel de Falla, Paul McCartney, Benjamin Britten, Paul Mealor, and societies such as Chamber Choir Gloria and Tallinn International Youth Orchestra. Her recent artists collaborations include great colleagues such as Gonzalo Muruaga (electronics), Federico Ellade Peruzzotti (installation art), Ritva Laine (poetry), Andris Kaļiņins, (visual), Robert Fleitz (piano) and Aigars Raumanis (sax), Viktória Šinkorová (guit). She has recently collaborated with venues such as Asbestos Art Space (Helsinki), Solaris Gallerii (Tallinn) and Ankru Saal (Kopli).
Benjamin Dwyer: HAG (SacrumProfanum)
NOTICE! The work includes adult themes and language! This amazing collaboration was realized with the guitarist Viktória Šinkorová and the composer Benjamin Dwyer. HAG, contemporary piece for amplified flute and bowed guitar, is the 7th of eleven movements in SacrumProfanum, hour-long multimedia work for amplified viola, flutes (alto, C, piccolo, and tin whistle), medieval Irish harp, bowed guitar, and tape.
Trio Zayas/Mailiis/Muruaga explores the connection between atmospheric jazz and free improvisation. Formed in Berlin in 2022, the band will bring their summer tour to Helsinki and visit the studio to record their debut album in July 2023. Their gigs are filled of a playful, unprejudiced own compositions and as a goal they search for new, liberating and fresh sounds. All trio's members are active professionals in the field of academic contemporary music, rhythmic and free improvisation music. Line-up Ramiro Zayas, piano and composition; Heliä Mailiis, vocals, flute and composition and Gon Muruaga, electric guitar, composition. Venues of the Helsinki tour will be announced in further notice.
Iberofest22 Tallinn closing concert
Iberofest22 Tallinn closing concert at the KUMU auditorium. Collaboration with the Tallinn International Youth Orchestra (TIYO) and conductor Eladio Aguilar. Organized by the Spanish Embassy of Tallinn. At the concert various pieces of Spanish repertory was performed, such as the magical El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla.
Ääni-ilmiö vokaali-kollektiivi includes six women's unity. Ääni-ilmiö researches the voice of human and searches its dimensions and possibilities. Our participants currently include Johanna Vahtola, Satu Tillanen, Sanna Vuolteenaho, Heliä Mailiis Viirakivi, Eeva Siljamäki ja Tua Hakanpää. We are a group of researches, educators and artists and our passion to improvised vocal music unites us. More about us on our social media pages