Biography

Heli Hartikainen (b. 1993) is a Helsinki based saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and performing artist whose training and interests lie in experimental free improvisation and multidisciplinary art. The connection between sounds, visuals and movement is one of her most important sources of inspiration so working with dance and performance has always been especially dear to her. Hartikainen boldly combines archaic shepheard melodies to the expressiveness of free jazz resulting in distinctive soundscapes from ambient to avantgarde.

Hartikainen performs both solo and in ensembles and works as an instrument teacher and a studio musician. 

Hartikainen has studied classical clarinet playing and jazz saxophone and is currently finishing her master’s degree in the folk music department of the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki. Within her folk music studies Hartikainen has especially researched the ancient styles of improvisation and the aesthetics of repetitiveness. Hartikainen is also keen on experimental usage of live electronics; in her master’s project she explores resonance and spectralism with contemporary approach by the means of live electronics and electroacoustic improvisation.

The concert, called ’CHRONOVARIATIONS’ is a combination between a sound installation and an electroacoustic music concert and it takes place in Musiikkitalo, Helsinki, on 27th of May 2022.

Hartikainen is also known for her art folk ensemble Aoide