Welcome to the first performance of the series 2018. This time the main act will display the special touch of Raymond MacDonald. *(Bio below)


The program includes solo and a trio improvised sets, and features Lauri Hyvärinen and Sergio Castrillón. The series started in 2014 in Forumbox intending to establish a network between local and visiting artists working mainly with experimentation and improvisation.

Sergio Castrillón has been in charge of the curatorial work.

Show time 19.00. Tickets 10 € / 5 €, cash only please :)


Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist and composer who has released over 60 CDs and toured and broadcast worldwide. He has written music for film, television, theatre, radio and art installations and much of his work explores the boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition. He has collaborated with musicians such as Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Evan Parker, David Byrne and Jim O'Rourke, is a founding member of The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and has long standing collaboration with Scottish guitarist George Burt.

He plays in many collaborative free improvisatory contexts and his roots in jazz and pop music can also be heard in his playing and writing. His work is informed by a view of improvisation as a social, collaborative and uniquely creative process that provides opportunities to develop new ways of working musically. He is Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at Edinburgh University and lectures, publishes and runs workshops internationally.



Sergio Castrillón

Composer/improviser/performer artist interested in sound and any creative manifestation. As composer his work incorporates several formats including instrumental acoustic, electroacoustic, acousmatic and multimedia. His pieces have been performed and premiered in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay. As performer he experiences a constant activity within new music, free improvisation, improvised works with new technologies and collaborations with theater performers, poetry and contemporary dance. Currently he lives in Helsinki where develops an active career as performer, composer, improviser, curator and educator. Since 2013 Castrillón has been working on his doctoral research at the University of Helsinki called *NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE CELLO TIMBRE: Pieces for solo cello and cello with electronic media from the 20th and 21st century.*

Lauri Hyvärinen uses guitar as his main sound source. His sound and music related activities are of theoretical and practical nature, of which improvisation remains as his primary medium and interest. With a background in hardcore punk, free rock and free jazz, Hyvärinen now utilises the possibilities of improvisation, compositional and minimalist structures in search for shared and intensified social and spatial constructions. With guitar (electric and acoustic) he searches for microscopic details and variations in sound, using various miking and amplification techniques like contact mics and broken amplifiers while searching for resonations of the strings and body with fingers, picks and household objects.
Hyvärinen has toured widely in Europe and Japan. He has performed in festivals, concert series and venues both in Finland and abroad.