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[…]

Crusell Music Festival 2014, oboe competition

Today I was listening to the final round of the international oboe competition that was part of the annual Crusell Music Festival here in Uusikaupunki this year. It was held in the new Lutheran church in the town center and it was also broadcast on the Finnish national radio network YLE. There were four competitors[…]

Midsummer night 2014

I came home from Israel Houghton’s concert at night – I was home at 4:00 AM Here’s a video that shows what it is to like drive during the Midsummer Night here in Finland. The sky was unnaturally dark because it was cloudy and rainy, but around 2.00 AM the weather started to get better[…]

Israel Houghton & New Breed

Yeaaah… Well, I attended a VERY interesting concert in Keuruu, Finland… The American singer and worship leader Israel Houghton and his band New Breed gave their first ever concert in Finland… What a concert! Crazy musicians and singers playing their hearts out for 3 hours almost non-stop 🙂 Wow! And all that because they want[…]

Coming home from a gig

Some beautiful landscape footage from my trip back home from a gig (I was accompanying the tenor Perttu MAthlin in an Israel-related Christian congregation in Pori) … How dares someone call Finland an UGLY country?!??!!? I put my song “Dream” as the background music, since it fits the content very well in my opinion 😀

Updates

So… I decided to offer you a little update about what has been going on with me recently… Well, I’m almost finished finalizing the keyboard tracks for a record project produced by a friend of mine… Finnish Christian music, Finnish and foreign songs sung in Finnish… I’ll tell you when the album is going to[…]

Harald Andersen Choir Competition

Last Saturday I was in Helsinki, Finland, listening to the final round of the Harald Andersen Choir Competition in the new Music Center of Helsinki (Musiikkitalo in Finnish).It’s probably the best music centre in the country, and the renowned acoustics of the main concert hall is worth the hype! The competition was very high-level (a[…]

Chamber music concert

Was at a very nice chamber music concert at the Lutheran church of Lokalahti, Finland… it was given to us by the Turku Arts Academy Cello Ensemble and we got to hear some marvelous music, as you probably can see from the photos below… I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I’d wanted to… for[…]

Concert on last Friday at the Turku Cathedral…

Attended a concert at the magnificent medieval Turku Cathedral, the oldest church in Finland… it was actually the opening ceremony for the 200th anniversary of the Finnish Bible Society, so there were also some speeches by e.g. the Archbishop of the Finnish Lutheran Church, the mayor of the city of Turku, the head secretary of[…]

Concert

Attended a nice concert today in the beautiful medieval Church of St. Michael in Laitila, Finland… by the musical family of Lavrenchuk… Quite a beautiful concert! Too pity that Svetlana Lavrenchuk had to be absent today, but nevertheless it was a marvelous concert! The good quality of Russian music education was audible… I liked especially[…]

Presidential elections

Today I voted in advance in the 1st round of our presidential elections, and I hope the person I voted for becomes Finland’s next president… It’s very nice to have a right to vote in elections. Democracy rocks!

Chamber music concert in the Turku Castle

I attended a very nice chamber music concert at the historic medieval castle in Turku, Finland… I was positively surprised by the acoustics – the King’s Hall (Kuninkaansali) seems to fit perfectly for chamber music… The program was this: Franz Schreker’s “Der Wind” performed by Henna Jämsä (clarinet), Tanja Nisonen (French horn), Mikaela Palmu (violin),[…]