Motivated by the wish to create a forum for the contemporary classical music concert scene in Tampere, the contemporary music ensemble Tampere Raw was founded by a group of musicians from Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001.
TampereRaw performs both as a whole, and in smaller chamber music groups up to 14 times a year – their busiest year so far being 2018. The ensemble aims towards collaborating with living composers by commissioning new pieces and by regularly including premieres in their programme. Many Finnish composers, such as Jouni Kaipainen, Tapio Tuomela, and Lotta Wennäkoski, have collaborated with them. Their repetoire, broad both by contemporary music genres and years of composition, includes as many as 111 composers among who are a number of young Finnish composers who have studied composition at Tampere Music Academy. During recent years the ensemble has also been part of numerous cross-disciplinary creative projects with artists from a variety of fields beyond classical music. In addition to regularly performing in their base of Tampere, TampereRaw has also participated in music festivals around Finland as well as Estonia. The ensemble collaborates closely with their partners Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Hall, Tampere Biennale contemporary music festival and Tallinn Music Week.