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Mieskuoro Huutajat (Screaming Men’s Choir)

Performance by the Finnish choir directed by composer Petri Sirviö

Thursday June 22, 19:00, Agora

Mieskuoro Huutajat (Screaming Men’s Choir)

Founded in 1987 in Oulu, Finland by Petri Sirviö, composer and conductor of the group, Mieskuoro Huutajat is a Finnish choir that doesn't sing a note. Defying common expectations, it is, in essence, a choral noise ensemble. Drawing on Nordic existentialism in idiosyncratic ways, this performance group has created an art form of universal resonance. In their signature style, the choir members, decently dressed in black suits, enter their venues in a paramilitary-like manner and begin to scream, bellow and shout excerpts from texts that can range from national anthems and folk songs to children's ditties, poetry and international treaties. Sometimes the text is delivered as a complex rhythmic structure, sometimes as a simple-but-loud reading. Disciplined expression is blended with primitive force, and precise articulation with non-linguistic howl.

Their performances may take place at cultural institutions as well as by ocean shores, on mountaintops or in public spaces such as railway stations, Olympic stadiums or just on the street.

In their two performances at the SNFCC, quotes from Greek and other European texts, dismantled and recast in new form, will be put into “shouting” in ways that reflect the artists’ warped sense of humor and their thought-provoking meditation on issues of democracy and participation.

Formed in 1987 in Oulu, Northern Finland, and led by conductor and composer Petri Sirviö, Mieskuoro Huutajat (Screaming Men's Choir) has held performances and concerts at widely diverse venues that include art museums, choir festivals, rock festivals, Olympic stadiums, construction sites, and railway stations, as well as in natural environments such as mountain tops, by the ocean, and at wet swamplands. Performances have taken place at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2015), the Sonsbeek Theater Avenue Festival, Arnhem, The Netherlands (2010), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008), and the Venice Biennale (2001) among other venues. Born in 1962, Petri Sirviö lives and works in Oulu.

Mieskuoro Huutajat - Screaming Men's Choir