Water Concert

Water Concert is a collaboration between sound artists Juha Valkeapää and Juhani Liimatainen, and lighting and video artist Pietu Pietiäinen. Starting point: All the water on Earth has been here always, for 4,5 billion years. Water connects everything: people to people and to other living and non-living creatures. Everything is water and from water.

In Water Concert we play water with body, electronics, gong, and various found objects. We bubble and make crooked rhythms and loops. We don’t tell stories about water. We imagine, dream, and listen, with water. Water Concert is a hymn for water, the foundation of all life.

The duration of Water Concert is one hour. All sounds and images are created live. The audience floats – on the floor, on mattresses, carpets, sun chairs, or bean bags. The sound encloses the audience and water is reflected onto the ceiling of the space.

Water Concert premiered by the Baltic Sea, in June, 2022.

Check the Water Concert trailer.

On the picture we are rehearsing Water Concert at Mad House in April, 2021. In October, 2021, we rehearsed it in Santarcangelo, at a residency provided by the Santarcangelo dei Teatri and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Gigs 2022: Hangö Teaterträff; Ykspihlaja Culture Week; SINFF – Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival; Caisa, Helsinki

Idea Juha Valkeapää

Performance Juhani Liimatainen, Pietu Pietiäinen, Juha Valkeapää

Production Juha Valkeapää’s Voice

Residencies Circolo Scandinavo, Rome, November 2018; Santarcangelo dei Teatri, with the support of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, October 2021

Support Samuel Huber Foundation, Niilo Helander Foundation, Kone Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Kimmo Kaivanto Foundation

The record cover photo by Matteo Rinaldini.