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Interview with Mikko Savela


Mikko Savela




Bratislava (SK)



Mikko Savela is a Swedish improviser with Finnish roots. Amongst his co-musicians there are such names as Will Guthrie, Jerome Noetinger or Yan Jun. He plays his instrument in a unique way – a distinct DIY approach brings a new life to his guitar, laying horizontally on the table, enveloped by microphones and electronics, being used more as a percussion while the strings are played by two hands and various metal objects. Savela’s performance is a wild show you can’t miss! Before Savela the stage belonged to Austrian electroacoustic experimenter Paul Gründorfer and his unexpectedly pulsing sound structures. The perception of the phenomena of sound while reusing field recordings of various surroundings and examining the mechanisms of control and reactions of unstable systems is his work’s main topic.

Produced by A4 as a part of a project of international cooperation Re-Imagine Europe, co-financed by the program of EU Creative Europe and supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council and Bratislava Autonomous Region.

The video was created by volunteers, as part of a project supported by the European Solidarity Corps program.

Photo Courtesy of the organisation

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