Mustn't despair

Conserto for violoncello and ensemble

Composed: 2017

Length: 25'

Premiere: February 25, 2018, Faunien iltapäivä, Tampere-talo. Soloist: Lauri Kankkunen

Instrumentation: solo cello, fl, ob, cl+bcl, hn, bsn, pno, vln 1-2, vla, vcl, db

Commissioned by TampereRaw

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Publisher: Music Finland




Length: 12'

Premiere: September 13, 2017, Sibeliusmuseo, Turku

Instrumentation: flute, kantele

Commissioned by and dedicated to Eva Alkula ja Sami Junnonen


Composed: 2016

Length: 5'

Premiere: May 17, 2017, Tampere-talo

Instrumentation: - - strings (composed for pedagogical purposes)

For Pirkanmaan maakunnallinen nuoriso-orkesteri commisioned by Finnish Cultural Foundation



Ja täällä sataa lunta

Composed: 2016

Length: 12'

Premiere: TampereRaw (Janne Pesonen, Anna Angervo, Heili Hannikainen, Elina Sipilä), November 23, 2016, Tampere

Instrumentation: cl+bcl, vln, vla, vcl

Commissioned by TampereRaw for Jouni Kaipainen memorial concert

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Publisher: Music Finland



Composed: 2015

Length: 6'

Premiere: June 17, 2015, NOK Orchestra course, Orivesi

Instrumentation: -, timp. 2 perc, pno, strings

Commissioned by NOK Orchestra course

Sample audio: Nok orchestra



String Quartet No. 2

Composed: 2015

Length: 14'

Premiere: TEMA kvartetti (Lotta Laaksonen, Emma Kuosmanen, Marjukka Manner, Aino Palosaari) June 12, 2015

Instrumentation: String quartet

Commissioned by and Dedicated to TEMA kvartetti.

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Publisher: Music Finland

Sample audio: Tema kvartetti

Clarinet sonata: Self-studies

I Inner, II Sinner, III Apologies

Composed: 2015

Length: 20'

Premiere: Maija Anttila and Tuomas Turriago, May 5, 2015, Tampere

Instrumentation: cl bb, pno

Commissioned by and dedicated to Maija Anttila

Listen (SoundCloud) - (III - Apologies, Maija Anttila, Tuomas Turriago)

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Publisher: Music Finland



Composed: 2015

Length: 12'

Premiere: Pyynikin Puhaltajat, March 13, 2o15, Tampere

Instrumentation: Symphonic wind orchestra

Publisher: Suomen Työväen Musiikkiliitto STM

Sample audio: Pyynikin puhaltajat


Punainen on punainen on punainen

Composed: 2014

Length: 5'

Premiere: Wind Ensemble Serenade - cond. Tuomas Turriago, January 18, 2015, Tampere

Instrumentation: picc, fl, 2 Bb cl, bsn, hn, 2 perc, acc





Composed: 2014

Length: 6'

Premiere: TampeRinging-festival 2014, Caprico-orchestra, August 23, 2014, Tampere

Instrumentation: string orchestra

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Publisher: Music Finland

Sample audio: Caprico orkesteri, Elisar Riddelin



Merikatu 7

Composed: 2014

Length: 10'

Premiere: Ultra-brass cond. Juha Untala. March 11, 2014, Tampere

Instrumentation: brass-band, marimba, drum-set

Sample audio: Ultra-Brass, Juha Untala



String Quartet No. 1

Composed: 2013

Length: 25'

Premiere: Jaana Haanterä, Anna Angervo, Heili Hannikainen, Maija Juuti. September 3, 2013, Tampere. Also performed f.e. in consert produced by Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and TEMA-quartets Baltic Tour 2015.

Instrumentation: String quartet and mechanical metronome





Composed: 2013

Length: 5'

Premiere: Avanti!, Summer Sounds -festival. June 28, 2013. Also performed f.e. in Northern Connection -event in Toronto March 22, 2014.

Instrumentation: Picc, cl, Vla, Vcl, Db




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Niillas Holmberg & Roope Mäenpää

Niillas Holmberg is a Sámi poet, musician, actor and activist. He has published five books of poetry and has been translated into more than ten languages. As a musician he works as a vocalist, guitarist, composer and lyricist.

The duo has played together since 2008. Their music is often described as arctic folk music. The combination of Niillas’ singer & songwriter style and Roope’s classical background is known for uniquely touching songs and live experiences.

Photo: Eetu Niininen

Released albums:

Assimilašuvdna blues (Tuupa Records 2014)

Manin guottán girjji fárus (Tuupa Records 2011)



Photo: Kevin Francett

Niillas’ yoik tradition and singer-songwriter style shaking hands with three superior multi-instrumentalists with different musical backgrounds. The result is a tapestry of stranded atmosphere and dynamics. Niillas’ songs are touched by vividness as Linda Fredriksson and Teho Majamäki represent the finest quality Finland has offer in their fields.


  • Niillas Holmberg (vocals)
  • Roope Mäenpää (cello, piano)
  • Linda Fredriksson (saxophone, bass)
  • Teho Majamäki (drums, percussions, vibraphone etc)



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