There is so much gunpowder in Damström’s musical language that there even is to spare. […] Like it or not, the essential thing is that Nixus is not meaningless music but leaves a mark of remembrance. That is the thing that matters. […]
Strong dynamics, richness of color, high contrasts – those are a few remarks about Damström’s composition. Also rhythmics were used skillfully.
The work moreover conveyed something remarkably visual. Fascinating per se.
Damström’s use of the orchestra is impressive. Thus, it is also reminiscent of what a spectacular “instrument” the symphony orchestra is in skilled hands.
Jyri Ojala, Karjalainen 27.2.2021
The wonderful opening piece was Cecilia Damström’s Tundo!. You could, due to her topical and also environmental statements, call her “the Greta Thunberg in music”.
The programmatic work about the refugee crisis of our time, is powerful with its dramaturgy based on fast cuts and in its varied musical and orchestral colors, a successful combination of new thinking and some familiar ingredients.
Veijo Murtomäki, Helsingin Sanomat 7.12.2020
What an amazing opening for the seasonal concert of Kuopio Symphony! Cecilia Damström’s Tundo! explodes into motion with unbelievable painful energy. After this, also more humane features begin to unfold in the piece. This piece commenting the immigration crisis made a strong impact.
Jussi Mattila, Savon Sanomat 7.12.2019
Cecilia Damström’s Requiem for Our Earth for women’s choir, tape and light sounded marvellously from the beginning to the end while shaking all of humanity.
Susanna Välimäki, Helsingin Sanomat 9.11.2019
Damström’s Requiem for Our Earth is at it’s strongest point in it’s introduction, where Greta Thunbergs parable of a burning house is effecttively illustrated through Marek Pluciennik’s flames, which are projected on to the choir members. Initially, the work feels like the most important thing I have seen in a long time and pressing themes are dealt with in scenes about mining and logging. Among the strongest moments is the scene where former Defense Minister Jussi Niinistö (Finns party) defends the meat intake of men in the military service, while slaughtered pigs scream and blood splashes.
The choral texture is surprisingly simple and consists mostly of chords which sound excellent with the beautiful voices of Lyran; It is not without reason that Damström has previously been explicitly praised for her choral music. Overall, Damström also prefers a concrete expression, while Pluciennik’s video adds a level of abstraction.
Wilhelm Kvist, Hufvudstadsbladet 9.11.2019
Damström manages in a creative way to combine the string quartet with the meoldrama. Damström contrasts expressive and meditative elements in her habitual successful manner and also enriches the tonal fundament in a personal way with many kinds modernistic textures. — Especially the far from easaly played music by Damström, with it’s well integrated Janácek quotations, gave a vivid impression in the sometimes gaudy changes between skirt vibrant and grimly cutting parts.
Mats Liljeroos, Hufvudstadsbladet 17.6.2019
“The braveness and energy which characterized the first piano quintet return this year in a more refined form. Damström has a strong and original composer voice.”
Anna Pulkkis, Hufvudstadsbladet 10.6.2018
“Everything in this opera works! The story about a king who wants to decide over everyone is well written, perfect for a children’s opera. Cecilia Damström’s challenging and interesting compositions add a new dimension to the production. Also the scenography is simply stunning.”
Sofia Torvalds, Kyrkpressen 2017
“It is a musical challenge to compose music that considering the pedagogical aspect is singable and playable for a very young student orchestra. But this is exactly what Cecilia Damström has managed to accomplish! If the first impression were that the music is Gebrauchsmusik that doesn’t seek any higher ambitions, this impression will fade away at the latest by the time the boy soprano Tinder sings his aria.”
Wilhelm Kvist, Hufvudstadsbladet 2017
Cecilia Damström (f. 1988) caused a sensation with her hyper expressive a cappella work Angor, a composition of Psalm 22, where only the words “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me” were to be heard within a frame of partly sprechgesang and tone eruptions with Erik Bergman and György Ligeti as its main patrons. If Damström continues on this course, anything is possible!
Mats Liljeroos, Hufvudstadsbladet 2016
INTERVIEWS & FEATURES
Contemporary music can be political – Cecilia Damström’s Requiem is one of the key works at the Ung Nordisk Musik festival
Auli Särkiö-Pitkänen, Finnish Music Quarterly
A feature article in Finnish Music Quarterly about Cecilia’s “Requiem for our Earth” and the festival Ung Nordisk Music.
Gruvdrift och skogsavverkningar ljuder på scenen
Tuuli Solhagen, Finlands Natur
A feature article in the magazine Finlands Natur about Cecilia’s standpoint on environmental questions and question of equality in her music.
Cecilia Damström haluaa edistää tasa-arvon asiaa
Riikka Holopainen, Riikan tähtitarha, Yle radio 1
A feature radio interview about Cecilia’s thoughts about music and gender equality. Available on Yle Areena until 7th of August 2020.
Listen to the whole interview here
Kuukauden säveltäjä Cecilia Damström: “Otan musiikissani mielelläni kantaa yhteiskunnallisiin asioihin”
Kikka Holmberg, Kulttuuritoimitus
“I like to take a stand on social issues in my music” – A feature article in the online magazine Kulttuuritoimitus about Cecilia’s work as a composer and about what is important for her when composing music.
Cecilia Damström vill göra musik som går på djupet
Sofia Strömgård, Resonas
A feature article in Resonans about Cecilia’s choral music, path of becoming a composer and about how she wants to change the world.
Koululaisooppera pohtii vakavia kysymyksiä
Kimmo Korhonen, Rondo
A feature article in the Finnish music magazine Rondo about Cecilia’s opera Djurens planet for the Finnish National Opera
En ambitiös seglare i musikens skärgård – Cecilia Damströms väg var aldrig lätt
Wilhelm Kvist, Hufvudstadsbladet
A feature article in Hufvudstadsbladet about Cecilia’s path to becoming a composer.
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Ser förmågan som en gåva
Emelie Wikblad, Kyrkpressen
A feature article in Kyrkpressen about Cecilia’s thoughts of faith and music.
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