The NIU School of Music presents a guest flute and electroacoustic recital of Karlheniz Stockhausen’s POLES, Tuesday, February 20 in the Recital Hall at NIU.  Camilla Hoitenga and  Taavi Kerikmäe will perform and be joined by NIU Professor Phillip Sink.

The international project POLES is an homage to Stockhausen centered around his composition POLES (1969-1970) for two players and multichannel sound diffusion. POLES is a so-called “open score”, music notated with a system invented by Stockhausen which consists of +’s and -’s instead of normal notes and which allows for various instrumentation. Aiming for a historically informed performance Hoitenga (USA/D) and Kerikmäe (EST) have made a version for flutes with the rare 1970s Serge modular synthesizer once belonging to composer (and some time copyist for K. Stockhausen) Michael Manion which is combined with current sound diffusion possibilities.

Hoitenga will play flutes and shortwave radio, Kerikmäe the synthesizer and shortwave radio and Sink will provide live studio diffusion.

The performance has free admission and will be held, Tuesday, February 20 at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall in the Music Building on NIU’s main campus in DeKalb.

Guest artist bios:

Flutist Camilla Hoitenga’s concerts range from concertos in London, Paris, Helsinki or the Kremlin to interdisciplinary projects in Marseilles, Berlin or the Emirates to solo tours and residencies in Japan. She has performed under conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Alan Gilbert or Vladimir Jurowski. Composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and Kaija Saariaho have dedicated pieces to her, and her programs include both classical repertoire and world premieres. Her recordings, in particular those with Kaija Saariaho, have won awards in France, Great Britain and in North America. Her own teachers were Darlene Dugan, Peter Lloyd, Alexander Murray and Marcel Moyse. Born in Michigan, USA, Camilla Hoitenga now lives in Cologne, Germany.


Accomplished pianist and Head of Center for Contemporary Music and Improvisation at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater, Taavi Kerikmäe was awarded the prize of “multitalented recitalist and innovative interpreter” by the Estonian National Cultural Endowment in 2015. The following year the French Republic awarded him the title “Chevalier des Arts et des Letters”.

Performing on piano, various keyboards, theremin, as well as with live electronics and custom made electronic instruments, Kerikmäe has been invited to international music festivals to work with such composers as Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail, Vinko Globokar, Gilbert Amy, Ivan Fedele, F.-B. Mâche, and Alessandro Solbiatti. Having worked closely with Kaija Saariaho and Helena Tulve, he has premiered a number of pieces, including their pieces for his duo with the flutist Camilla Hoitenga.

Born in Tartu, Estonia, Taavi Kerikmäe lives in Tallinn.