Jarkko Hartikainen (b. 1981, Finland) is a composer striving to create music that guides the listener to experience, feel and think about life in a fuller spectrum. He is interested in stimulating acoustic phenomena and sonorities, as well as concrete, empathetically embodied impulses through rhythm, resonance and materiality of sound. Jarkko Hartikainen studied at the Sibelius Academy with prof. emeritus Paavo Heininen (MMus 2012), at HfMDK Frankfurt am Main with Beat Furrer and Pierluigi Billone (2008/09), and on over 40 masterclasses with ia. Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Georg Friedrich Haas. He is currently pursuing his DMus degree at the University for the Arts Helsinki. Hartikainen's 2017 premieres include collaborations with Tapiola Sinfonietta at Musica nova Helsinki (Habitus, 2017), with Ensemble SurPlus at Schloss Solitude (Elevations, 2017), and with defunensemble in Helsinki (new work, 2017).
for brass quintet
Trumpet in C, Trumpet in Bb, Horn in F, Tenor Trombone, Tuba (F)
Commissioned by Ensemble Schwerpunkt, with funds provided by Madetoja Foundation (Madetoja-säätiö) and Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland (Svenska kulturfonden).
Fp: 5 November 2013, Helsinki by Ensemble Schwerpunkt
Radix (lat. ‘root’, the number of unique digits in a positional numeral system, ie. ‘base’)
Quite early in the composition process of my brass quintet Radix (2013), it became clear that the brass instruments have a lot of material potential. Compared to string and woodwind instruments, the properties in brass seemed to be somewhat understudied. With the help of several broad-minded brass players in my geographically most immediate circle of musicians, we investigated the possibilities by starting truly from the root of the matter: air, tubes, vibrations. Later: combining, applying, repositioning.
Radix was commissioned by the remarkably international Ensemble Schwerpunkt, with funds provided by Madetoja Foundation (Madetoja-säätiö) and Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland (Svenska kulturfonden). It is dedicated to the members of Ensemble Schwerpunkt: Janne Jakobsson, Matthew Brown, Cecilie Marie Schwagers, Mikael Rudolfsson, and Matthew Sadler.