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First frost

It was already in the air last night, few snow showers swooped by while I was driving to the city theatre in Helsinki. And then this morning the first flakes had stayed overnight and covered the porch and the woods. It seemed like a whole new world. So delicate, so gentle and so, so fresh. I loaded the heating oven and headed for a morning walk.

It was already in the air last night, a few snow showers swooped by while I was driving to the city theatre in Helsinki. And then this morning the first flakes had stayed overnight and covered the porch and the woods. It seemed like a whole new world – so delicate, so gentle, and so, so fresh. I loaded the wood-burning oven and headed out for a morning walk.

Today’s agenda

I will be participating in a panel discussion at the Helsinki Music Center later this afternoon, as part of the International Jazz Voice Conference, which is taking place this weekend. Our topic is Vocal Jazz Pedagogy in Music Institutions. I’m looking forward to a beautiful reunion with Susanne Abbuehl and other panel members. Find more information about the event here.

Today’s quote

A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.
— Maya Angelou

I wish you colorful, beautiful moments, where ever your path leads this weekend. Safe travels, happy trails!


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Suomusjärvi

Studio Sanni Orasmaa in village Taipale is at a very special house. I’ll tell you why.

Studio Sanni Orasmaa is located in Taipale village, in the Suomusjärvi and Enäjärvi areas, approximately one hour from Helsinki and Turku city centers. Our region draws from an ancient culture. The first inhabitants came here between 7000 and 5000 BC.

This is both home and a work space. Our premises include a log lodge, a hall, est. 7 acres of pine forest, and a pond fed by a natural well. This seems to be a safe place not only for us humans but also for much wildlife. Both deer and elks swim in the pond in the evenings, I have even seen a lynx stretching by the water shore.

Both deer and elks swim in the pond in the evenings, I have even seen a lynx stretching by the water shore.

This house was built by a man who carefully followed nature’s signs. The trees were cut from the premises following the moon calendar, then dried at the yard. When the builder couldn't find the correctly shaped plane, he made one to plane the logs himself.

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Throughout the process the builder always made the tools first and then did the work. In many parts of the process the whole village helped to make this one man's dream come true. Recently a student came who told me he had been helping in constructing the bed rooms. The floors were filled with cutter as the ceiling was isolated with Ecover. And no, this was not the 1940’s, this was just a few years ago.

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The place for the well was found by willow witching and by looking through a ring. There are wildlife feeding spots in all corners of the plot. In the shed I found sacks of oats and peanut waiting for the winter season and hungry homies.

The house is heated with a solar- and wood-powered water heating system.

The house is heated with a solar- and wood-powered water heating system. Several little paths start from the front yard. Most were trod by animals, but soon one nature path will be shared with us humans too. The route leads past the pond and pine forest areas to spruces and little rocks.

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The living room space, which we in Finnish call "pirtti", houses a small grand piano. The studio also has a large unisolated log shed that can host concerts, lectures and other gatherings outside the cooler months.

You are cordially invited and warmly welcomed to follow Studio Sanni Orasmaa’s development and other episodes that might occur when a city girl moves to the country. And, of course, visit us for a workshop or a voice lesson.

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