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Helsinki Complaints Choir

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This amusing video is a bit of a departure from my usual Sunday morning god-mocking, but since I am in Helsinki right now, I thought you’d appreciate this. Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen collected the pet peeves and angst-ridden pleas of people in Helsinki and then composed this choral work around the list of complaints. Music composed by Esko Grundström.


  1. #1 blf
    May 16, 2010

    There’s an entire site devoted to this:

    The Helsinki one was apparently the first, but the idea has spread world-wide. Some of the others are apparently sponsored(? perhaps not quite the right word) by the Finnish Embassy as cultural goodwill.

    Anyways, I’ve spent a good part of the afternoon listening—and laughing at some of the barbs/complaints—from the various Valituskuoro

    Some of my favourites so far (all paraphrased):
    “There are too many people waiting for rapture
    to do anything about Global Warming.”
    “Even Vonnegut’s dead.”
    “We need a permit to sing our complaints in public.” (The day before they were due to perform, the Singapore choir was denied a permit to perform in public.)

    At least one, Jerusalem, was so badly filmed with smudged subtitles I couldn’t work out what they were singing.

    Thanks! (Or some I be complaining? I was intending to do something else this afternoon…!  ;-\ )

  2. #2 Frank
    May 17, 2010

    Complaints Choir doc film screening near you, or on DVD on Smog Veil out in August or September.

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