Mirva Tarvainen: Sonic Journal Live
Concert at the Helsinki Music Centre December 15 2017
comp. & lyrics Mirva Tarvainen
Mirva Tarvainen: vocals, double bass
Meriheini Luoto: violin
Maija Holopainen: violin
Liisa Haapanen: cello
Martin Åkesson: electronics
Jukka Huitila: light design and video projections
Olli Ovaskainen: sound tech
Raekallio Corp: Oneiron
Photos: Stefan Bremer
Scenography: Valtteri Raekallio, Aino Koski and Jukka Huitila
Performers: Jonna Aaltonen, Krista-Julia Arppo, Annamari Keskinen, Mirva Mäkinen, Eero Vesterinen and Valtteri Raekallio
It has been a nice collaboration with Valtteri Raekallio the director and Aino Koski the scenographer. We have created a space where dancers are disappearing to a mist just to being pulled back due to the bright light of life. Valtteri had an ambitious idea about a bright light from outside that´s travelling around the building. This idea is known from the ancient Greek theatre plays performed during the sunset. Instead of the sun we have a full control of the led fixtures travelling in a trolley... like a movie style. We actually had to build a custom trolley to make it move smoothly on an asphalt, slalom a containers, downhill, manpower and all. Aino painted the windows with sour milk, a good old smelly method as well. Then we just add some mist and voilà: we have a hazy ambient feeling. This is working perfectly with the glorious dancers. Oneiron is one to feel! We will have a premiere 18th of January 2018, really next Thursday. The premiere is sold out and the rest of the performances are selling fast!! Tickets from Holvi
We had a moody concert in Musiikkitalo, Sonore venue last Friday the 15th of December. I met Mirva once before the concert and we talked about the visual guidelines. I offered to work with a videoprojection on top of the live lights. Mirva had created a nice event photo from her journey to Melbourne. Songs and ambients were influenced by these surroundings and this landscape was an inspiration also for me to work within the information in the picture: city skyline, rocky beach and an ocean, to begin with.
I used some extra hours to create backgrounds for every song and in some parts the video was the only light on the stage. This gave pretty nice rhythm to the theme sonic journal live was all about, travelling, breathing and listening. I created the content with photoshopping the image and then used Resolume Avenue to effect them a little. I projected the videos to a black acoustic wall and by adjusting the contrast and colors I balanced the scenography the way I wanted. After the first song Mirva introduced the band and that was enough of talking for the next 45 minutes. Then we just created an audiovisual journey for the audience.
Mirva Tarvainen: Sonic Journal Live
Mirva Tarvainen - vocals, double bass, violin
Meriheini Luoto - violin, vocals
Maija Holopainen - violin, vocals
Liisa Haapanen - cello, vocals
Martin Åkesson - live electronics, electric bass, vocals
Sound: Olli Ovaskainen
Lights and projections: Jukka Huitila
Helsinki performances in Stoa 8.-14.12. and a visit to Lahti 13.12.
Fresh photos from Mikael Ahlfors.
Oneiron, a performance based on the book by Laura Lindstedt will premiere in Helsinki, January 2018… Stay tuned!
Black humour, mansplaining, cold facts about the climate change, slapstick and tragedy are combined with virtuoso movement.
Dancers: Mia Jaatinen, Mikko Makkonen, Iiro Näkki, Oskari Turpeinen and Jarkko Mandelin
Choreography: Mandelin and the workgroup
Sound design: Janne Hast
Costumes: Kirsi Gum
Background material for the projection: Joonas Merikanto
Lighting design and projections: Jukka Huitila
We had a super tight schedule to put up a premiere but thanks to the professional crew in Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna, we were able to rehearse twice and perform the premiere as planned. I had a true challenge since I had no time to run the show by myself. Some of the cues were following specific sound effects and I can tell that it´s not an easy task after seeing two rehearsals and updating cues while learning what´s happening on the stage.. Olli Hietajärvi, the operator was the correct man for the job. He really nailed it and deserves an applause! The dancers were amazing of course and the things they have created with a plastic balls are a true jaw dropping experience.High recommendation!
Helsinki performances in Stoa 8.-14.12. and a quick visit to Lahti 13.12. More pictures will follow during Helsinki period.
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