Thursday, 31 October 2019

Nostalgia Lane

Steiner education, is based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy. Its pedagogy strives to develop pupils' intellectual, artistic, and practical skills in an integrated and holistic manner. The cultivation of pupils' imagination and creativity is a central focus.

I'm very happy I was given the opportunity to go to a Steiner school for all my basic education 1995-2008. We did a lot of theatre and it's now 20 years ago that I wrote music to one of our first plays "Ronja Rövardotter", that time aged 11. I got the opportunity to paint, do wood work, internship on an organic farm, biology trip to Lapland, cultural class excursion to Portugal... to name only a few things during my 13 years.

But the best part was of course to be part of a idealistic school full of wonderful people whom I since then can call friends, real friends.

And idealism has stayed with me as much as with the Steiner school, so I was very happy to get the opportunity today to watch classes 5&6 from the Helsinki Steiner School perform "Djurens planet", a opera about treating animals and other humans well, at the Finnish National Opera. A lot of things change with time, but some things never do - let's keep trying to make this world a better place. ❤️

Photo by Marthe Veian

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

"Our house is on fire"

"Our house is on fire. I'm here to say our house is on fire." -Greta Thunberg
My new piece "Requiem for our Earth" for female choir and electronics contains parts of Gretas speech in Davos January 2018, snippets from different speeches by Pope Francis as well as bleaching coral. It contains whistling and lights. It contains video projection by Marek Pluciennik. World premiere next week 7th of November! And this concert also includes an other world premiere by composer Perttu Haapanen. The whole concert is sung by the wonderful Akademiska Damkören Lyran and conducted by the fantastic Jutta Seppinen. Come and see for your self next week! Welcome!

Friday, 25 October 2019

Djurens planet autumn 2019

Happy world opera day to everyone! After seven great performances of my third children opera "Vickan & Väinö" by Opera Box Helsinki it's time to head next week to The Finnish National Opera for more performances of my second children opera "Djurens planet"!

Photo by Heikki Tuuli
Most inspiring story of last week: my friend has a 2 year old daughter who saw my opera Djurens Planet last spring. The 2 year old daughter likes the scene of the dragon (which she calles "Kra Kra") so much that she wants to watch it everyday from an iPad! 😍 Hearing that makes me feel like my job does make a difference after all. ❤️
Photo by Heikki Tuuli

Djurens planet more performances coming up again in the following weeks!
29.10 at 6 PM, Children from Granhultsskola, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera
30.10 at 6 PM, Children from Rudolf Steinerskolan i Helsingfors, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera

31.10 at 6 PM, Children from Mårtendalsskola, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera
1.11 at 6 PM, Children from Grännässkolan, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera
4.11 at 6 PM, Children from Hyvinge svenska skola, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera
5.11 at 6 PM, Children from Boxby skola, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera
7.11 at 6 PM, Children from Mikaelsskolan, at Sigurd Snåre Salen, Ekenäs
12.11 at 6 PM, Children from Oulun normaalikoulu, at Oulun normaalikoulu, Koskela
14.11 at 6 PM, Children from Haapaniemenkoulu, at Haapaniemenkoulu, Viitasaari
19.11 at 6 PM, Children from Svenska samskolan i Tammerfors, at Svenska samskolan i Tammerfors, Tampere
21.11 at 6 PM, Children from Vatialan koulu, at Monitoimihalli, Kangasala
26.11 at 6 PM, Children from Björneborgs svenska samskola, at Björneborgs svenska samskola, Pori
28.11 at 6 PM, Children from Kristinestads skola, at Kristinestad

Photo by Heikki Tuuli

Monday, 14 October 2019

Premiere week!

Today's HS – Helsingin Sanomat tells us PREMIERE WEEK is here! New bilingual children opera  Vickan & Väinö set up by Opera BOX at Helsinki Aleksanterin teatteri! TERVETULAO! VÄLKOMMEN!
Music by yours truly
Libretto & stage directing by Marina Motaleff-Kelly
Scenography & costume design: Tarmo Tanttu
Soprano: Hedvig PauligAnna Sandström
Tenore: Ville SalonenTopias Lundell
Barytone: Markus NieminenAku Rantama
Accordion: Janne Valkeajoki
17.10.2019 at 10 AM
17.10.2019 at 12 PM
17.10.2019 at 6 PM
18.10.2019 at 10 AM
18.10.2019 at 12 PM
18.10.2019 at 6 PM
19.10.2019 at 1 PM