Soloist Concert – Joasia Cieslak, cello
The last two performances of Joasia Cieślak’s soloist degree will highlight close collaborations with bold and innovative artists whom she’s lucky to call friends. By giving her trust and shifting from what she thought a soloist is, Joasia starts the sound voyage with Emil Sana, half-French half-Finnish musician, film composer and producer.
Joasia Cieślak/Emil Sana duo
Jo – Sana met at the Sibelius Academy and gave their first concert in 2021. Music played by the duo hasn’t been written on a paper – it aims to stay human: spontaneous, emotional and vulnerable. Compositions are co-created and based on self-made recordings conducted over the last one and half years. Most recent ones are the sound memories of improvisations on halldorophone (cello-like feedback instrument) from the EMS Stockholm. Live performance features cello, live looping, microcosm pedal and synths complimented with visuals done by Jonatan Snapir. Duo takes inspiration from electronic, ambient and neo-classical music and welcomes listeners into a cinematic journey.
Joasia Cieślak/Emil Sana-duo will perform a selection of their new compositions:
Adagietto, Op. 101 and Theme and Variations which are composed entirely from self-made halldorophone recordings.
Shanti, using vocals of Arnbjörg Kristín Konráðsdóttir whom Joasia met on a gong meditation during evening whale watching in Iceland in summer 2022.
Okinawa, including Emil’s recording playing kalimba.
Microcosm, performed on a cello with Microcosm pedal.
Earlier works: Breath composed by Joasia and Habitat composed by Emil.
Cellist: Joasia Cieślak
Live electronics and sound design: Emil Sana
Compositions: Joasia Cieślak, Emil Sana
Mixing and mastering: Emil Sana
Visuals: Jonatan Snapir
Shanti vocals: Arnbjörg Kristín Konráðsdóttir
Thank you Halldór Úlfarsson, Elektronmusikstudion EMS Stockholm and The Holger Arndt Scholarship which allowed me to travel to Iceland to play halldorophone.
The 24 year old Emil Sana is a half-French half-Finnish musician, composer, producer and sound artist. He works with film and game music as well as sound design and sonic arts for a multitude of varying forms of projects. He has composed the soundtracks to short films featured in major international festivals and competitions (BAFTA student awards shortlist, Student Academy Awards Finalist, Clermont FilmFest, Tacoma Film Festival, Poitiers Film Festival, Helsinki Film Festival, Music&Cinema Marseille, Tampere Film Festival, Santa Barbara FIlm Festival…). He has extensive interests in various compositional techniques and sound art philosophies as well as recording arts and music production. Sana’s music draws inspiration from a diverse collection of genres, varying from impressionism and minimalism to jazz, ambient and electronic music.
Joasia Cieślak, born in Poland, based in the Nordics cellist, producer, composer and teacher. Passionate collaborator with love for innovation and art. Degree holder from Conservatory of Music Maastricht, Sibelius Academy and The University of Humanities and Economics Łódź. The soloist degree at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus redefined her as a musician and a human being. Grateful scholarship holder of the National Fund for Musical Instruments of The Netherlands, Sibelius Academy, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland TAIKE, The Finnish Music Foundation MES, Hanaholmen, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Finnish-Danish Cultural Fund, Valdemar Hansen and Jenny Viskum Foundation and the Holger Arndts Foundation. Joasia has performed in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Russia and Japan. She flourishes in cutting-edge performances and projects and chooses to be a talent multiplying leader. She is on a quest to find the love of her life while she premieres new music and contributes to the world of art.