Ptarmigan is no longer operating in Helsinki.

Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.

Ilia Belorukov, John W. Fail & Taneli Viitahuhta, Helen & Eike
music : experimental : improvised
10 December, 2011 00:00 20:00

Ilia Belorukov (RUS)
Ilia Belorukov is a young (born 1987) saxophonist from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He works in the direction of free improvisation, free-jazz, noise and electroacoustic music. Ilia practices an experimental approach of sound extraction on different types of saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone) and on flute (inc. fluteophone). In his compositions and improvisations you can find out influences of John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Mats Gustafsson, Evan Parker and other masters of improvised music.

John W. Fail & Taneli Viitahuhta (US/UK/FIN/EST)
This is the first performance in over two years by John + Taneli, which will explore delicate improvised soundspaces using israj and reeds.  Taneli is an active member of the free sound axis in Finland, performing solo and in groups such as Mohel, Horst Quartet and Boris Morgana.  John works in the field of interdisiplinary collaborations but with a history of sound and music work.  He is one-half of Lied Music and has released solo recordings, most recenty The 15,000 Day Boat Trip in 2010.  

Helen & Eike (EST)
A first timer duo of two girls from Tallinn. Both have been influenced by various styles: folk, contemporary, jazz, pop and free improvisation. They will be performing together for the first time but sure have experimented before. They will be exploring accordion and flute sounds and maybe even something more.