REVIEWS

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


“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


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

  

INTERVIEWS & FEATURES

 

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

Watch Riikka’s vlog 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.

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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.

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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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