New teacher, sax-gym and Päivän Keitto still going strong

Time for an update. It makes two posts this year, what an over-achiever I’ve become!

So the year has gone pretty much by working, practicing and living life. A little traveling, lot of good times with friends and family and most importantly, LOT of good music has been published. As I’m writing this I counted 42 songs published in Youtube. 42! You might wanna check some of them out, too, playlist HERE.

I also got together with a new teacher. He’s good. He gave me so much homework that I wouldn’t necessary need another lesson before next summer or so, but I’ll try to get back together again soon. So one of the things he made me do, something which I have been neglecting all this time, is to play scales, throughout the whole range of the horn, fast. I’ve replaced my earlier scale warmup with this practice, and good gods, after pulling the full on practice I feel like I’ve been doing full workout in the gym! I tried to add the practice to tenor playing too, but my hands started to ache so much that I decided to do it with alto alone for now. No need to break myself.

So yeah, life and music is still good, hopefully next year will see me finally climbing over some barriers in my playing and some development. Keep practicing!

 

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Trans-Atlantic collaboration: Päivän Keitto!

2017 and already February, time for an update!

2016 – I’m happy it’s over. Enough said.

This year have started with some interesting collaborations with my beloved musician friends from country of origin. The first collaboration Päivän Keitto – translates Soup Of The Day – is based on the musician, composer, lyricist and sound engineer Miikkali Leppihalme’s songs. All the work takes place online: each of the partaking musicians have recording ability at home, so everyone has quite free hands and are pretty much in charge of their own instrument, while Miikkali has the final say-so about the final cut and mixup of each song. I’ve been including all my little curiosity instruments as well as put my tenor in work! Files are sent back and forth and discussion about the songs takes place online, often in real time and in those little windows in time when our waken realities collide. And boy are we productive! Already several songs are published online, and collaboration has been very enjoyable and shit-ton of fun!

Nuff said. Let the music do rest of the talking! 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh3quknKxw2sujLSW12Ej-w

Back!

Hei there, greetings from Europe and happy 2013! I have slowly but surely gotten back from our holiday travels, both mentally and physically. We went to Finland and spent Christmas and New Year with my family and our friends, and got to experience the whole winter within just few weeks! First a huge load of snow and 20 below zero (which would be laughably cold if your chin hadn’t frozen unmovable) and then some serious snowman-weather. After Finland we went to Amsterdam, where I got to both hear and play some serious jam music, and Bruges, where I fell into Belgian Brown Ales. That’s it in a nutshell.

I hadn’t seen Finnish winter for a few years so I got totally excited and took approximately 200 pictures. Here’s few:

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