The FInnish minister of education and culture, Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, has appointed a task group to prepare a proposal to overhaul government funding of theatres, orchestras and museums. The group is chaired by Jaakko Kuusisto, and their appointment runs until Oct. 31st 2017.
'Glow', a new release featuring chamber music works by Jaakko Kuusisto (BIS SACD 2192) has been given a full five stars by Helsingin Sanomat music critic Jukka Isopuro. "An excellent player himself, Kuusisto knows how to use instruments to their full potential, even in the most delicate nuances. Minimalistic clarity, catchy rhythms, impressionistic whole-tone scales and parallel triads form a style that is both fresh and unique."
The disc, containing performances by leading Finnish artists - Meta4 Quartet, Heini Kärkkäinen, Paavali Jumppanen, Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma and Kuusisto himself - is available through BIS Records' distributors and several online download sites, including eClassical: http://www.eclassical.com/labels/bis/glow-chamber-music-by-jaakko-kuusisto.html.