Assi Karttunen

Finland (residence) °67
research interests: musical gesture, embodiment, historically informed performance, Performance studies, phenomenology
affiliation: Sibelius Academy


Harpsichordist Assi Karttunen has specialized in performing and researching Baroque music. She also performs in interdisciplinary groups with experimental and contemporary repertory.


Karttunen has recorded solo works by Couperin, Rameau, Froberger, Lynch and Frescobaldi. As a soloist she has performed in Italy, Belgium, UK, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Estonia, Norway, Denmark and Sweden and played in several orchestras and ensembles, currently (2006–2016) working in the Elysian Fields-workshop.

Karttunen works as a post-doc researcher and as a teacher at the DocMus, Doctoral school of Sibelius Academy, and also teaches there harpsichord playing and basso continuo at the Early Music faculty. Karttunen has published her research in journals like a peer-reviewed quarterly journal Musiikki, Trio Research Publication, and Ruukku Studies in Artistic Research.


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Exposition: Musical Source as Part of a Performative Ritual: Crossing borders through Explorative Strategies (06/01/2018) by Elisabeth Laasonen Belgrano
Assi Karttunen 02/05/2018 at 15:24

Would it be okay to divide the session into 3–4 parts, each of them dealing with a specific theme?

My suggestion would be to discuss some of these themes embedded in Eli's abstract. For example...

1) Bodily turn in historically informed performance? What does this mean for us? What are the most inspirational sources or books related to this topic?

2) Does the idea of embodiment change the working processes of our artistic work?

3) What kind of performative methodologies do we have or use in order to approach the 'work' or composition in a more corporeal, rooted or embodied way?


Feel free to suggest something else. This is not at all the only way to plan our session.

4) How does the actual performing context affect our performance?


Eli, do you plan to proceed with this session into an article? Or do you want us to comment only in order to anticipate the discussion?


Let's continue, Cool