The No Normal Podcast Season Three

Artist - Sointu Aalto. Interviewer - Suzette Chan.

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THE NO NORMAL PODCAST

What was normal won’t be again, and the only “new normal” is no normal at all.

Welcome to a new year of The No Normal! New Music Edmonton is happy to return with Season Three of our iconic podcast. We have some great interviews with amazing people from Edmonton and around the world lined up for the coming months, and we’re looking forward to sharing their work and their words with you! The podcast will also include feature stories, conversations with friends in other organizations, and much more. Scroll down for details about each episode.

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Episode 3.1 (December 30, 2022). To get things going, we are delighted to present composer Sointu Aalto, in conversation with Suzette Chan. Born in Helsinki, raised in Edmonton, Sointu Aalto is a composer and ‘cellist, who has emerged as one of the most compelling emerging artists, with a formidable output of uncompromising instrumental and audio-visual works. In June, 2022, Aalto and her colleagues in The JAMS Quartet performed in the Now Hear This Festival in Edmonton, where they gave a rare, full-length performance of works by Aalto and other composers. 

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Episode 3.1 - Sointu Aalto

Episode 3.1 - Sointu Aalto

December 30, 2022

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Composer Sointu Aalto, in conversation with Suzette Chan. Born in Helsinki, raised in Edmonton, Sointu Aalto is a composer and ‘cellist, who has emerged as one of the most compelling emerging artists, with a formidable output of uncompromising instrumental and audio-visual works. In June, 2022, Aalto and her colleagues in The JAMS Quartet performed in the Now Hear This Festival in Edmonton, where they gave a rare, full-length performance of works by Aalto and other composers

Compositions by Sointu Aalto included in this episode: 

2:34 THINK THINK THINK THINK THINK (Excerpt) – Audio portion of audio-visual work, commissioned by New Music Edmonton for the Summer Solstice Series, 2021.

6:09 Mass Extinction (Excerpt) – Performed by The JAMS Quartet: Jessica Ortlieb, Anna Vlasova, Mora Clarke, Sointu Aalto, with Kauri Aalto, tam-tam 

13:22 super(ficial) (Full Length) – Performed by Bergamot Quartet at MATA Jr., Music at the Anthology Festival, NY, 2021

18:10 The Pizza Man Is Real (Full Length) – Performed by The JAMS Quartet: Jessica Ortlieb, Anna Vlasova, Mora Clarke, Sointu Aalto, with Kauri Aalto, pizza

34:01 THINK THINK THINK THINK THINK (Full Length) – Audio portion of audio-visual work, commissioned by New Music Edmonton for the Summer Solstice Series, 2021.

38:20 Yosinfonia (2020) (Full Length) 0 Performed by Daniel Aalto, piano,  Eija Aalto, soprano. Text: Yösinfonia, 1, by Kirsi Kunna

ARTIST

Sointu Aalto is a cellist, composer, and high school student currently based in Montreal, studying mathematics and composition at McGill University. She is interested in the connections between mathematics, science, art, and philosophy. Their original music has been presented by Kymi Sinfonietta, MATA Jr Festival/Bergamot Quartet, New Music Edmonton, Continuum Contemporary Music, Alkali Collective, and others.

INTERVIEWER

Edmonton-based Suzette Chan has written or spoken about performing, literary, visual, and comics arts for newspapers, magazines, websites, radio programs, and podcasts. Her most recent work can be found on the No Normal Podcast and in LUMA Quarterly.

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