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Be Thou My Vision

The old Irish hymn “Be Thou My Vision” is probably one of the best Christian hymns ever written. I mean, just read the lyrics: 1 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;naught be all else to me, save that thou art–thou my best thought by day or by night,waking or sleeping, thy presence

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Playing the pipe organ

About a year ago I got accepted as a student in the church music department of the Sibelius Academy, one of the best European music universities. I was accepted in their campus in Kuopio, Eastern Finland. And that’s basically where my journey as a soon-to-be organist / cantor started. And I love it! I had

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15 minutes of great pipe organ music

Yesterday I listened to about 15 minutes of great organ music in the main local Lutheran church… Man, that Marcussen organ sounded beautiful again! It’s the oldest Marcussen in Finland by the way…

A summer of organ music

This summer is going to be CRAZY for local pipe organ freaks here in Uusikaupunki, Finland… The Marcussen organ of the local main Lutheran church has it’s 150th anniversary this year (it’s the oldesr Marcussen organ in Finland!) and many prominent organists are coming here to perform on it throughout the year… Kalevi Kiviniemi, one

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Bach/Busoni – Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ (BWV 639)

Ok, let’s admit it. The stunning piano transcription of Bach’s chorale prelude “Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ” by Ferruccio Busoni is one of the most beautiful pieces of music in this planet. Seriously. It’s one of those pieces that will probably make you cry with it’s sheer beauty and peaceful mood. If you

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Dmitri Bortniansky – Kol Slaven (with Omnisphere and Roland RD-700SX)

via IFTTT That’s me, playing the beautiful “Kol Slaven” (The Glory of Our Lord in Zion) by Dmitri Bortniansky. Using Omnisphere’s “Cathedral Carillon” patch and the “Silky Way” synth pad from my Roland RD-700SX. I just hope that my playing makes justice for this stunningly beautiful hymn! ????

Busy weekend

I had quite a busy weekend… On Saturday I was accompanying the tenor Perttu Mathlin in the Turku Baptist Church in Turku, Finland, and on Sunday I played the piano at the local Pentecostal Sunday service here in Uusikaupunki, and later in the evening I accompanied an amateur choir at a Lutheran evening mass in

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Piae Cantiones

I just came across a GREAT web resource for early music… A person called Mats Lillhannus has transcribed all the Piae Cantiones songs in modern notation and put them as free downloads on his website. Great work, Mats Lillhannus! I guess everybody know what Piae Cantiones is? Well – it’s a medieval songbook, originally from

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Excerpts from a project

Hi there everybody! Just wanted to say that here’s a link to a YouTube video that has excerpts from the aforementioned Finnish gospel album for which I provided keyboard and some other instrument tracks: Enjoy! The songs are in Finnish, but you might recognize some of them.

Israel Houghton in Finland!!!

I’m eagerly waiting for Friday to hear the renowned musician and worship leader Israel Houghton… he has a concert in Keuruu, Finland… with his New Breed band.. I just hope that my ticket will arrive early enough in the mail (I ordered it a little bit late :)) Here’s a link to Israel’s concert calendar:

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