In macro concerts, an individual’s experience grows big, just as a a camera’s macro lens gets close to the subject — in this case, the artist. Small concert audiences, usually about ten people, are chosen by lottery, and surprising venues are often only revealed when the audience arrives at the venue. Macro concerts are held every two years, next time in 2021.
The first macro concert series was already held in 2013. With videos, a larger audience can also enjoy the experience.
In the first Macro Concert of all times, the audience rowed a church boat on the Oulujoki River and the Duo Mesikämmenet sang centuries-old dirty limericks, songs by big boys. The Marine Rescue Society transported another group to a sandbar 18 kilometers off the coast to hear the Kuplets on the horizon. The same year, we also went on an atmospheric lunch trip to Samae Koskinen and Edu Kettunen’s gig in the middle of old small planes.
In 2014, the macro concerts went to a sauna and admired the starry sky. At the summer sauna, trumpet player Jukka Eskola and dancer Jarkko Lehmus offered their audience an improvised joint performance near Tuira beach. In the Olavi Observatory concert, Olavi Uusivirta’s venue was the water tower in Puolivälikangas. Completed in 1969, the tower also houses the astronomical association Arktos Observatory.
In 2015, M.A. Numminen, a cultural multi-talented person, both played music and read short stories in the seascape on the roof of the Oulu City Theater, and the captivating The Hearing delighted the audience of ten with their delicate intensive performance at Everwhat Gallery.
In 2017, the performers of the macro concerts were Verneri Pohjola in the gun powder cellar and Ville Leinonen in Pikisaari.
In the 2019 macro concerts, Nina Mya and Kaisa Mäensivu performed in a seaside atmosphere at Igloo Cafe in Toppila. In the second macro concert, Pauliina Fred and Pekka Elsilä played traverse duos in the dizzying landscapes on the roof terrace of Tervahovi Silos.