Source: I Care If You Listen.
Perhaps one of the most important issues currently facing symphony orchestras and contemporary classical music ensembles alike is projecting an image of accessibility; for Musica nova Helsinki, performance venues were a piece of the solution. Part club, part bar, and part performance space, Helsinki’s brand new G Livelab substituted the potentially uninviting concert hall with a more relaxed and familiar environment. The trendy vibe brought a noticeably younger crowd to the concerts held there over the first few days of the festival, but ambience did not come at the cost of performance quality—the space hosts an incredible sound system and intelligent acoustic design. Throughout the opening weekend, a versatile array of both electronic and acoustic musicians took the G Livelab stage, including Jan St. Werner, Tyondai Braxton, and Uusinta Ensemble.