KEHRÄ

Jo yli vuoden kehitteillä ollut Kehrä saa viimein ensi-iltansa. Eikä vain yhtä vaan peräti kaksi. Kehrän esitykset ovat Kokkolan teatterissa lauantaina 15.9. klo 18 ja 21, sekä sunnuntaina 16.9. klo 14. Kehrä on osa Kokkolan Kinojuhlat -elokuvafestivaalia.

Kehrä on muusikko-säveltäjä Niina Hannulan ja graafikko-kuvittaja Elina Warstan yhteistyön hedelmä. Visuaalinen konsertti yhdistää live-soiton reaaliaikaiseen kuvittamiseen ja animaatioihin.

Oma tonttini Kehrässä oli alunperinkin äänisuunnittelu. Projektin edetessä päädyin lopulta lavalle itsekin, ja erilliseksi miksaajaksi palkattiin armoitettu ääniguru Niko Laasonen. Oma kattaukseni pitää sisällään modulaarisyntetisaattoreita, efektikattauksen (mm. VoiceLive 3 Extreme ja Boss RE-20), Ableton Live -session, sekä vuosien jälkeen paluun tehneen – sopraanosaksofonin! Viime aikoina olen etsinyt merkityksellistä syytä palata fonin ääreen. Nyt sellainen löytyi, ja soittaminen on taas hauskaa.

Lavalla pyörii Hannulan ja allekirjoittaneen lisäksi rumpali Okko Saastamoinen, kitaristi Matti Oja, hanuristi Antti Paalanen sekä basisti Oskari Hannula. Visuaalis-teknisen toteutuksen on luonut Jenni Pystynen.

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After a whole year – Kehrä, a visual concert gets its premiere. I am happy to return to stage as a musician. My setup for the perfomance consists of modular synths, live effects, Ableton Live, and last but not least: soprano saxophone. After some years it is a pleasure to play again with a live band.

Russian Poets – from UTU with Love

Tampere-based band UTU released their long-awaited album Russian Poets yesterday at Tampere-talo. Theirs was not just another run-of-the-mill album release, but included a complete art exhibition as well as a book documenting the album-making process. I was honoured to work with the band, especially singer-songwriter-lyricist Petra Poutanen-Hurme, producing and mixing the album.

From my point of view, this was quite the journey to there and back again. The amount of work involved in this kind of project is beyond measure. As Petra and I, two perfectionists, put our heads together, it occasionally felt like a never-ending story. But our long hours of work paid off, as every detail of the album sounds exactly how we want it to sound.

It was great to discover how easily my approach and UTU’s sound ideals melded together. I was very pleased to work in my own area of expertise, doing what I do best, all the while giving the band the sauce for their beef, as it were, according to their specifications.

UTU has been considered the “best-kept secret of Tampere.” After yesterday’s spectacle, they shouldn’t be. As Helsingin Sanomat stated, the project was probably one of the biggest cultural ventures produced outside an established institution. If Petra and UTU keep going, only the sky is the limit!

 

The winners of the International Teresa Pomodoro prize? Yes, that’s us.

Kolga, a performance by Myllyteatteri won Premio Internazional “Il Teatro Nudo” di Teresa Pomodoro, in Milan, Italy last week. The group was awarded with a sculpture by Carlo Ramous (1926-2003), an Italian sculptor.

Kolga was invited to participate the the contest last year. We visited Milan in May 2017, and performed the show twice at Teatro Spazio No’hma.

The performances were evalued by a jury of experts, including Eugenio Barba (Odin theatre), Lev Dodin (Mali-theatre), Tadashi Suzuki (SCOT, Japan), Ruth Heynen (Union des Theatres de l’Europe) and Enzo Moscato (Italy) Luis Pasqual (Spain). The President of the jury was Livia Pomodoro.

The Kolga workgroup is: Miira Sippola, Joonas Outakoski, Mia Simanainen, Sanna Kurki-Suonio, Jaakko Kiljunen, Henna Kaikula, Ulla Raitio, Saku Mäkelä and Luca Sirviö.

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The Performance Station. As the sound design of Kolga is based mostly on performing live with the synthetizers and Ableton Live, it was quite natural step to move the whole workstation to the stage. Photo: Joonas Outakoski

Kolga was originally performed at Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki. In the spring 2017 it was renewed for an European tour, which included performances at Feile an Bealtanaine festival in Dingle, Ireland and aforementioned Teatro Spazio Nohma, Milan, Italy.

Kolga is planning to continue  touring Europe next summer and return to Helsinki along with the celebration of Myllyteatteri’s 15th anniversary.

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Ground Control. The setup consists of Ableton Live running on the laptop, controlled with Push 2, TouchAble on iPad and Arturia Keystep (small enough keyboard with sustain pedal jack). On the right is modular synth, based on Make Noise Shared System and Mutable Instruments Yarns, Rings and Clouds. Clouds was used for vocal processing, and as the Italian sound technician didn’t mute my channels after the performance, the whole prize ceremony was picked by an open mic on stage, fed to the Cloulds and to the PA system. Photo: Joonas Outakoski
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Joonas Outakoski (me), Saku Mäkelä, Mia Simanainen, Henna Kaikula and Luca Sirviö. And Continuitá, sculpture by Carlo Ramous. Photo: Joonas Outakoski