March 12, 1940 in Somero
Mauri Antero Numminen (Somero, Finland, born March 12, 1940) has been one of the pioneers of Finnish avantgarde/underground & electronic music scene. In his early days Numminen often consciously tried to provoke people. Here he succeeded well, for example by his interpretations of Franz Schubert's lieds, sung with his own idiosyncratic singing voice, or managing to create a scandal at the Jyväskylän kesä festival of Jyväskylä in 1966 with his song lyrics taken from a sex guide. Numminen also did music to the writings of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. M.A.