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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New ligature!

I am painfully aware of the fact that due to the wine and piano studies I have neglected my sax practice very badly. One more week and the big exams are over and I promise (!) that during the holidays both the piano and my sax will get all the attention they deserve!

I got myself a new ligature as a birthday present, it is Vandoren Optimum for alto. I’ve had super fun with that thing since it brings some metallic notes to my sound which I really like, kind of more clarity and edge. Now I have to really keep in mind to relax my throat, especially when I blow the high notes! I might even consider of testing some new reeds with this new equipment, I kind of feel like I could have more tones out if I combined a slightly thinner reed to the ligature.

I also should consider few new songs under practice, but I have kind of run out of ideas what I would like to practice. Maybe you would have a suggestion?