Composed for Uusinta Ensemble/ Time of Music 2019
Publisher Gehrmans Musikförlag
Opus number 66
Category Chamber music
Year 2019
Duration 12 min
Instrumentation violin, viola, cello

Program note

The Latin word “nisus” means effort, pressure and strain. With this string trio I try to describe in music, what I think anxiety sounds like. A heavy pressure on you chest which paralyzes you, and your evasive thoughts of all kinds that sometimes lead to shouts of despair. With mental illness just as with other illnesses, you can’t imagine what it is like unless you have experienced it. And even if you have – every person has their own very personal experience. This piece is dedicated to every person suffering of mental illness.

Nisus was composed for Uusinta Ensemble and premiered at the contemporary music festival Time of Music 2019 in Viitasaari.


World premiere 7th of July 2019 at Time of music – More info

Performance on the 2nd of August 2019 at Kokonainen Festival More info

CANCELLED – Performance on the 14th of December 2021 in Turku – More info

CANCELLED – Performance on the 19th of December 2021 in Espoo – More info

Performance on the 20th of August 2022 at the Tampering FestivalMore info