Vocal ensemble Rajaton and violinists Jaakko and Pekka Kuusisto teamed up earlier this year, touring Finland with their new joint concert program titled Kaksi astetta (Two degrees). On October 31st 2014, a live recording from the tour will be released, and the CD is already available for pre-orders (see link below).
All fifteen songs on the CD are new and composed by members of the performing group: Jussi Chydenius, Hannu Lepola, Essi Wuorela, and the Kuusistos. The lyrics were commissioned for this purpose from leading Finnish authors Paula Vesala, Juha Itkonen, Jarkko Martikainen and Paavo Westerberg.
Boundless Records teams up with Tactus Ltd in the release of this CD. A release concert is also in the works; it will happen on Sunday, November 16th at 6 pm at Sello Hall in Espoo. Tickets: www.lippu.fi
CD pre-orders: www.rajaton.net
Jaakko Kuusisto's Violin Concerto is now available in a version with piano accompaniment. The reduction from the original orchestral score was written by pianist Joonas Pohjonen, and it is suitable for both study and performance use. Available for sale from Jaakko's publisher Tactus Ltd, including separate solo violin part; for price and orders contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madetoja Hall, Oulu at 6 pm
Panu Savolainen, vibraphone
Teemu Viinikainen, guitar
Jori Huhtala, contrabass
Jaakko Kuusisto, conductor
Music by Toivo Kärki, arranged by Marzi Nyman, Timo Alakotila and Mikko Hassinen
ELÄMÄLLE - an opera about Oskar Merikanto
Libretto: Juhani Koivisto
Music: Jaakko Kuusisto
Stage direction: Anna Kelo
Vaasa City Orchestra
Ilmajoki Opera Choir and Children's Choir
Tsuumi Dance Company
Jaakko Kuusisto (5.-7.6.) and Jukka Iisakkila (12.-14.6.), conductor
Soloists include Jussi Merikanto, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, Simo Mäkinen, Eeva-Maria Kopp, Aki Alamikkotervo
For full details: www.musiikkijuhlat.fi/?l=fi&p=elamalle-ooppera