Welcome to Helsinki Open Waves!

This is a pilot version of the platform. Some of our activities are still under development.

We hope to have more language options in the near future for our website.

Please navigate through the platform and familiarize yourself with our activities and our Open Call.

If you have any suggestions or want to discuss potential collaborations, please don't hesitate to contact us via helsinkiopenwaves@gmail.com

Stay tuned!

World Music School Open Mic
Guest: Minttu Hellstén
World Music School Open Mic
Guest: Ida Marie Jessen
Architectural Democracy
Guest: Antti Kaski
Global club nights
Kati Rauva
Architectural Democracy
Guest: Mona Margherita Schalin
Surviving the Academia
Freedom of Speech
La Omertà
Global club nights
Amanda Kauranne and Spiros Delegos
Artists at

Artists at HOW is a community of artists who contribute to HOW with their artworks. We would like to thank them for their contribution.

If you would like to be part of the Artists at HOW community please contact us: helsinkiopenwaves@gmail.com

Merriment and Dirt

Merriment and Dirt plays dynamic, groovy, ‘up-in-your-face’ indie-music. 

Album: Final Boogie
Songs: Final Boogie| Little Worries| Limit


Band of Weeds

The Band of Weeds was founded in 2015. At first, it was a conceptual band created by Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kamanger, and existed only on a paper. It became a real band in 2017, and started to release LPs and give live concerts.

The current members of the band are now Olli Aarni, Lauri Ainala, Kalle Hamm and Hermanni Keko featuring different plants depending on the project. All the sound material is recorded from the plants using the method developed by a Soviet botanist Ivan Gunar. There are ionised liquids running inside the plant tissues, and the changes in their electro-magnetic field can be converted to the sound range audible for the human ear.

Songs: The Vegetative Soul, Give Me Some Water, Underground Root Movement, A Garden Within A Garden, They Tried To Bury Us They Didn't Know We Were Seeds



Milena Solomun

Milena Solomun plays her own original style of folk music with a punk attitude.

Album: London Dossier
Songs: True Love| Strange Fall| So Much In Common| Seven And Four| Scissors And Spoons| Life Is Impossible


ahmet öğüt & fino blendax

A mix of psychedelic, retrofuturistic and synth punk combined with Electro Saz, the soundtracks offer an alternative means with which to experience the works.

Songs: Sî û Çar (Robozkê) | River crossing composed and performed by Ahmet Öğüt, Bora Akinciturk, Deniz Belendir, produced by Deniz Belendir |

HA for Nina composed and performed by Ahmet Öğüt, Deniz Belendir, produced by Deniz Belendir

https://soundcloud.com/ahmet-ogut-fino-blendax http://ahmetogut.com/ahmetwebreverb.html
Babel Trio

This psychotropic band from Crete climbed the high mountains and gave us a breathtaking view of the land. Filled with solid riffs, thunderous drums and awe-inspiring atmosphere, they always keeping their eyes open for the treasures of the past. They hold nothing back when they deliver their take of Cretal, the name of their unique blend of Heavy Rock, Traditional Mediterranean music, and modern lyricism. All this while keeping in touch with the pulse of the ongoing reality.

Album: Roots Electrified| Songs: Algorithms| Circular| Karouzos Dialog| Pleiades
Album: The Island of Cretal| Songs: Song For a Solitary Bird| Dervish Dance


Flora Pop

Song: Rost | Written & Performed by: Flora Pop

Rost is a song written for a Romanian documentary film that portrays traditional crafts in Romania and their very last keepers.


Motel Room

Motel Room is a collaboration of five musicians who aimed to create an instrumental record, directing it towards the framework of a music score of an imaginary noir or neo-noir film in the process.

Songs: 12 Sharp| Mon Cheri | L.B.J



Rewşan is a singer, songwriter, violinist and composer from Istanbul, Turkey. She was educated in music, psychology and theater. She grew up in Mesopotamia with rich Kurdish and Armenian music.

Her latest album Tov (The Seed) CK Music Production& 2020, designed by combining traditional and modern instruments, is a work that can be defined in the category of 'world music' on the axis of 'progressive folk music'. With its distinctive, colorful and universal style, Rewşan takes the listeners on a poetic journey to their own memory without boundaries.

Album: Ax Le Wese 
Songs: Ax Le Wese |Lo Berde |Nubar Nubar |Selimo Lawo |Sine |Oror|Sari Sirun Yar |Ximximê Torevanê

Singles: Kirasê Te |Azîzakam |Destmala Min |Bingol |Şalik Şînokê/ Mayro

Album: Tov
Songs: Ax Eman |Gulîzera Min |Gulê |Yar Bêzarê |Wext Lazim Bû |Bavê'm |Taxa Filla |Wisa Dixwazim |Dinya Haye 


Karen Werner

In late March 2020, a radio artist friend invited a few friends, including me, from around the world to make short audio pieces about "the state of things from where we are." This was during a tense stretch during the Corona virus pandemic. Here is my short audio postcard about the State of Things, made by the windowsill in my sublet in Bergen, Norway.


Jemina & Selina

Jemina & Selina are Finnish sisters who sing and play original songs with strong emotion and edge. 

Soulful, energetic and lyrically rich, these sisters' roots stem from the Americas folk, roots, gypsy and Finnish traditional music the two grew up around as children. Jemina and Selina are both strong singers and musicians with captivating stage presence. When they sing harmonies, it's easy to hear that they have been singing together all their lives. 

Their latest album, Rajamailla, contains original songs and was produced by New York based Tim Ries (The Rolling Stones). 

Album: Rajamailla

Songs: Pedot | Rajamailla | Kurjuuden kunnailla | Italialaiset | Suunnitelmat


Başar Ünder

Başar Ünder is an Electronic Music Artist, Composer & Performer.

Song: Love In Morse

Nei Zigma

Nei Zigma is a singer who translates the rhythmic cadences of Brazil into poetic images, embracing his roots. Singing and accompanying to the guitar his own songs and re-readings of Brazilian Popular Music.

Album: Nei Zigma
Songs: Eu Moro Dentro De Mim (I Live Inside Me)| Barulho D’ Agua (Noise Of Water)| Eu Sou A Agua (I Am The Water)| Like A River| Hey Little Man


MA Rouf

MA Rouf is a quartet playing Middle-Eastern rhythms with Scandinavian jazz influences.

MA Rouf’s musicians are highly regarded in Finnish jazz and have experience from a full spectrum of musical traditions. They are composer, tar player, and vocalist Marouf Majidi, saxophonist Jouni Järvelä, bassist Jukka Haavisto, and percussionist/drummer Tomi Saikkonen.

MA Rouf’s creator is the Finnish-Iranian master musician Marouf Majidi. He comes from Sanandaj, the musical capital of Kordestan, and his rich Middle Eastern heritage gives the unique and enchanting sound for their music. The roots of MA Rouf’s music are in this Middle Eastern tradition fertilised with Afro-centric and Scandinavian jazz influences.

Album: The People
Songs: Gallop | Blues of Soran | Dancing Fakir | You are You


Caisan galleria 1.3.–27.3.2024
Live concert | Faso Kan, The Shameless Shongololo
Live concert | ZEMIENE, Helsinki Cèilidh Band
Live concert | CON SABOR COLOMBIANO, Miia Laine, Pimienta Negra
Elias Peltonen, Daniel Palpa, Laura Savolainen
Milla ja Petri Neuvonen a.k.a BCensemble Trashific! – kierrätystaidetta –
كتاب تخطيطات صدئة کتاب شعر و فن من ثلاث لغات اللغة العربية ( تخطيطات صدئة والفنلندية والإنجليزية تتحاور الومضات الشعرية مع التخطيط و الرسوم فيما بينها و تتحدث عن جنون ...
Guest: Nicolas Castaneda Lozano
We are here to support you to produce your work. You will own the full copyright of all the work you create at HOW.
Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) is a translingual non-profit, fee-free open platform that aims to design and initiate a new sustainable platform for people who live in Finland to represent themselves with their own language and culture in order to contribute to a more diverse society. Within this platform, we explore new ways for a translingual society to challenge the hegemony of monolingualism.

Erol Mintaş


Sophie Deligiannaki


Bailey Polkinghorne

Sound technician

Alex van Giersbergen



"‘Throwing words into the air’ — this is what O'odham says about talking, storytelling, praying, singing — all of which make up the genre of oral tradition. The words are thrown into the air in the form of spoken word, song, oration, or invocation. Words, like other things that can be carried by the air, are at the mercy of the winds. The listener who happens to be on the receiving end of these words is also at the mercy of the winds." Ofelia Zepeda

Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) is a translingual, non-profit, community-driven platform that encapsulates a network of trans-local radio and audio practices. In addition, HOW offers its participants a rent-free sound studio located at Culture Center CAISA, all the necessary technical assistance, and tools for them to actualize their own content with complete artistic independence and represent themselves with their own languages and cultures, helping to create a more diverse society in Finland, and hopefully elsewhere. The goal is to create a multi-voiced shared space that is supported by contributors' participation. Within this platform, we explore and reimagine fresh strategies for a translingual society to oppose the hegemony of monolingualism.

Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) is open for experiments with Radio Art, Sound Art, Transmission Art, and other artistic projects which can be broadcasted and transmitted with airwaves.

Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) collaborates with existing radios that have FM broadcasting. They give free slots to HOW's translingual content with the aim to convey it to a wider audience.

“Humanity today is facing a massive extinction: languages are disappearing at an unprecedented pace. And when that happens, a unique vision of the world is lost. With every language that dies we lose an enormous cultural heritage; the understanding of how humans relate to the world around us; scientific, medical, and botanical knowledge; and most importantly, we lose the expression of communities’ humor, love, and life. In short, we lose the testimony of centuries of life.” Endangered Languages Project

The loss of languages, which is one of the cornerstones of cultures and identities, comes to mean the loss of many memories and human experiences. Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) supports and acknowledges language revitalization in the first place and works actively against the devitalization of the languages. Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) intends to create an alternative online and physical space for all languages that are currently spoken on our planet.

There are a number of themes introduced each month. Contributors can choose their preferred topics and send their proposals via the Open Call page on the Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) website.

Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) provides:

*Rent-free sound recording equipment.

*Rent-free studio facilities at its "performance & recording room” located at Kulttuurikeskus CAISA.

*The TEOSTO license for the recorded & live streamings via the HOW website only.

*Technical support for the recordings, editing, mixing, and live streamings.

*Full support for you to produce your own work with full artistic independence, in which you own all the copyrights.

*Visibility for your work by promoting on the HOW social media platforms and exhibiting on the HOW website.

Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) does not broadcast any content that is sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, or contains any other form of othering towards oppressed communities or languages. We do not support any content that uses propaganda tools to promote a religion or a political party.

Initiated in February 2019 by Erol Mintaş in Saari Residency. Helsinki Open Waves (HOW)’s performance & recording room is supported and located at the Cultural Center CAISA.


If you have any suggestions or want to discuss potential collaborations with Helsinki Open Waves(HOW), please contact us: helsinkiopenwaves@gmail.com


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