A song cycle for vocal students in early stages of their studies
"Intellectually stimulating and teasingly funny art of our time."
"This three-hour, precisely timed sound structure is a confusing, constantly moving deconstruction of language, voice and sound. […] The bizarre fascination that the spectacle has created will not get out of your head so quickly."
"Voice Box was full of tongue in cheek [...] that allowed the audience to fully join in."
"The avant-garde business trip to the green creates a situational border experience with a feel-good program."
"The audience […] experiences an masterfull musical performance, which is then deconstructed in an irritating sequence of events at different locations in a deliberately bizarre manner."
"Delightful and playful experimental opera from young Finnish composer"
"The most enthusiastic reception got 'ettette' by Miika Hyytiäinen"
"Genuinely avantgardistic German music theatre."
"Musically the performance is excellent."
Makabere Geschichten” is a buffet of horrible little stories. They all have different point of views to themes of death and love, intimacy and indifference. In Abendessen the love is shown by food, or is it? In Prelude and Fughetta the strict chamber music style hides something horrible. Kylning shows us a little maiden with her merry cows, whereas in Illusionist we see a new version of the oldest trick in the book, it can only end in Funèbre. Glockenspiel shows us little crazy game called domestic violence but Ménage à trois doesn doesn’t seem to be much happier so we need still a Requiem sung by the soprano. Die Letzte shows the last and the most macabre way by which we humans kill each other. But don’t blame the perverted mind of Hyytiäinen, all of the death and violence are actually in way or another quotations of Alban Berg’s opera “Lulu”.
So far three groups of musicians have performed some version of the piece. Premier in Berlin, a shorter version of the piece (for a guitar, violin and a performer) in Helsinki and also version in UNM festival in Reykjavik.