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February 2018 – Sanni Orasmaa

Sanni Orasmaa

Jazz Singer & Nature Lover

Month: February 2018

Microphone Technique & Jazz Singing

I have been playing and singing since my very early days. Piano has been my second nature, a friend, a comforter, joy and occasionally also pain when trying to get to the bottom of the Sibelius piano works. I figured out how to play chords myself and created my own way of playing and accompanying when I was less than ten years old. Despite the many attempts with various teachers I have a very little formal education on actual piano playing  – I would rather call my playing piano exploring.

So within this blog I’ll explore different parts of singing and playing every now and then. I’ll add clips as they arise. Since these are my first streamings and video bloggings EVER I have decided to keep things real and publish the material and thoughts as they come without much editing or technical finesses. Instead I’ll let the process show and hope these clips will bring you joy and inspiration on your own musical journey.

The comments are open, I’d be happy to hear your thoughts, wishes and questions as they may arise, or just say hi if you happened to pop by!


Part 1

– Practising mic technique with your hand, having fun testing and exploring

Part 2

– working on vowels and consonants, bringing it all to a song

Part 3

– some influences

Mark Murphy in action. This was one of his very last performances.

Kurt Elling‘s microphone technic is subtle and sensitive yet very much following Mark Murphy’s style… You could start at 5:00 or watch from the beginning.

Over the Rocks – Into the Performance

I fell in love with mountain biking a few years ago. Quite opposite to biking  along the highway, mountain biking took me to quiet mountain paths and forest routes. I had finally found a way to join my biking enthusiast spouse on his rides. We would take off to long trips through the Alps and the Northern Europe.

What I learned was that mountain biking on the rocky paths takes quite a lot of courage. And that it even could be – pardon my Finnish – a Girl thing(!) If you hesitate for a second in front of a rock or a root the bike will either slip or back off altogether. But if you instead took a deep breath, focused forward and – most importantly – had faith, the bike would actually do the job for you and draw you safely to the other side of a challenging rock or a slippery root.

Downhills were the worst. I would keep hesitating to let my blue bike show her capacity and kept slowing down feeling how the ride got more and more unstable and finally had to walk down the steepest hills… Until I found this brilliant article on the psychology of mountain biking by Lauren Jenkins.

And it turned out that actually, mountain biking had quite a lot to do with performing (Book recommendation! Check out The Inner game of Tennis and The Inner Game of Music), read further and you’ll get what I’m after…

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Writing a book takes a lot of reading…


A week ago I was sitting in front of an open email waiting for a client of mine to show up. Five minutes before she came I made a quick decision to hit the “send” button. I had just Finnished my very first book, Luonnon aika, which translates to Nature Time in English, and finally dared to send it out to my publisher.

At this point the book will only be available in Finnish, however, the project left my writing space in the attic with several piles of books and papers and I thought to share a couple of them with you incase you might be interested in joining my learning process in nature and music. The whole list of references will stretch into six or seven pages of various literature, studies, books, researches etc., but here are two samples of the works that inspired me the most and that have also been important stops on the way to Luontolaulu.

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