Vocal ensemble Rajaton will team up with violinists Jaakko and Pekka Kuusisto for a tour of FInland in spring 2014. The project, titled Two Degrees, features new music written specifically for the occasion, and the name refers to the issues around climate change. Lyricists are Paula Vesala, Jarkko Martikainen, Paavo Westerberg and Juha Itkonen, and the music will be composed by Jaakko and Pekka as well as members of Rajaton. The premiere will be at the Oulu Music Festival on March 7th 2014.
Jaakko's new solo piano work, Jurmo op. 31, was premiered by Paavali Jumppanen on Sunday, November 3rd at the Kauniainen Music Festival, and it has already been scheduled for two extra performances in the immediate future: the first one on Monday, November 4rd at 7 pm in the Sibelius Academy Concert Hall in Helsinki, and the second one on Tuesday, November 5th in Porvoo at Borgå Gymnasium, also at 7 pm. Both concerts feature Paavali Jumppanen and the ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen Trio from Sweden.