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Songs of Empty Landscapes (2020)

‘In similar vein, Joel Järventausta’s Songs of Empty Landscapes (2020) transforms visual ideas into various aural guises, with vivid imagination. Scored for saxophone, violin, viola, cello and piano, and cast in seven short movements, the fifteen-minute piece evokes exquisite sounding pictures, to a riveting effect.

Each of the movements is based on a single musical idea, studied and developed with joyous invention and detailed finesse. Clad in luminous harmonies and textures, astonishingly brought to life by the members of the Uusinta Ensemble, Songs of Empty Landscapes is an adventure into sounding richness, rooted in an admirable economy of the source material.

While some of the movements are slowly transforming, almost static, others demonstrate tangible, kinetic energy. Out of the ensemble’s fabric, solo lines emerge, providing the songs refferred in the piece’s title. Based on the wonderful world premiere, one would assume that these songs will be heard many, many times in the future.’

– Jari Kallio – Adventures in Music (2020)

Ripped Tapestry (2018)

‘Convincing contemporary music! …Making a name for himself in the world, Joel Järventausta is an interesting composer, whose modernistic approach is disciplined and technically impressive, but also exudes a softer, non-theoretical or non-formulaeic spirit. The author found ‘Ripped Tapestry’ to be the highlight of the evening, and what more Ruut Kiiski made it especially lively and multi-dimensional.’ (translated)

– Jari Hoffrén, Jälkikaikuja korvakäyätviltä-blog (2021)

Massahumu (2018)

‘Korvat auki – yhdistyksen jatkoprojekti Aukottoman seinän korvat – säveltäjäkollektiivi (Joel Järventausta, Touko Niemi, Matilda Seppälä, Lauri Supponen ja Niilo Tarnanen) sekoitti pakkaa halulla ja sai ainakin jotkin turhat jännitykset laukaistuksi. Palaset alkoivat järjestyä, iloiset ja asialliset musiikkisynttärit käynnistyä. “Massahumu”-teos oli pönötystä pilkkaava, virkistävä avaus, taidetta (konst) kyllä, mutta konstailematonta. Sopuisia riitasointuja ja rytmitykytystä, ooppera-aksenttia unohtamatta. Onnen omaperäinen, lämpimästi räiskyvä fanfaari! Aikamme barokkikakku sankarille.’

— Matti Saurama, Demokraatti (2018)

Cantus (2016)

‘…elegantly composed, with a clear and tight dramaturgy.’ (translated)

– Maren Ørstavik, ballade.no (2018)