Rewiring and reconnecting

What a start to Autumn! It´s getting chilly but I feel that I´m on fire!

La Riippa Group just finished their autumn tour. We did a great gig at Musik and Talang in Vasa and our shared gig with Månskensbonden at Vuotalo in Helsinki was real fun. I think I´ll soon put up a video from that performance!

Photo by Erik Åhman from the gig at Musik & Talang 2018.

and look what splendid playlists and features we´ve been linked to(!):

“Beyond Boundaries is a 10-track playlist aiming to feature 10 “out-of-the-box”, outstanding gems!  Not exactly unclassified, but certainly unique and uncommon.”:

http://lastdaydeaf.com/beyond-boundaries-one/

“Hear a song from each of the ten best new world music CDs this week. Plus other global music — new and old — in hour 2.”:

http://www.earball.net/spintheglobe/2018-09-14-top-10-world-music-albums-sep

Heya wou, Namibia! “Combining smooth jazz and harsh improvisation.”:

http://www.nam-radio.com/blog/combining-smooth-jazz-and-harsh-improvisation

I´m going to Musiikki ja Media this Thursday and I´ll post about that here and on my social medias. Soon I´m also off to Norway with my class, yes I´m studying: Masters in Entrepreneurship in the Arts. We are going to Kristiansand and I´m really looking forward to all the networking possibilities.

Here we are in all our glory plus/minus a few people!

DIRTY WORK

I am so happy to announce La Riippa Groups debut album is now out for digital distribution! Go check us out and let us know what you think of our music.

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/lariippagro

We´re also on spotify:

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We are competing in a show called Vegatoppen and if your in Finland you can vote for us and please do:

https://svenska.yle.fi/artikel/2018/03/29/crimson-peak-och-la-riippa-group-utmanar-vegatoppen-rosta-har

We have our first release gigs in a few weeks first at the Doobop club in Vasa! Hope we see you there!

 

 

Vild and Dirty work

I’ve been busy as a bee, and here a short update.

It´s closing in!

I am so happy to announce that La Riippa Groups album “Dirty work” is in the print and will soon be released. You can follow us on facebook to keep updated with all our upcoming gigs and for the material we soon will publish also digitally on all the common distributers like Spotify and others.

https://www.facebook.com/lariippagroup/

The other thing I am very happy to announce is that Vild will be one of the main performers at this years Vaasa choir festival. We have a lot of other things cooking and you can also find us on facebook and Youtube.

Photo by Ulla Nikula

 

Love;

Jessica

Looking back and looking forward

Tomorrow is the last day of 2017, so I thought I´d take this time to reflect on the year that has passed. Quite eventful both in my personal life and my career, although I´ve taken time to do less work, which is an achievement in itself.

The year started of with a huge change in my life, with the birth of my son. The same spring I got my bachelor of Culture and Arts. The autumn of 2017 was therefore the first autumn without studies since 2008. The last 9 years I´ve  been enjoying the opportunity to study the Arts and finding my way of expressing myself, first via my studies at Centria University of Applied Sciencesd for the Performing Arts, and also at the Central Ostrobothnian Conservatory where I studied music. I then continued my path to Novia University of Applied Sciences to study Music and pedagogy. At the same time I took some courses of Music therapy at the Open Univeristy Chydenia. 3 degrees in 9 years feels like quite enough, but they have been so fulfilling years artistically and for me to find my own direction. I sincerely want to thank all these establishments for the opportunity to take part of the studies provided.

What can I then look forward to in 2018, and what can I already let you in on? There are a few things I haven´t got in the bag so to say yet, so they are dreams that maybe will be fulfilled. I have started meditation for my own ( and surroundings) benefit, to really see joy and gratitude in life and I recommend we all take time for reflection and well “selfhelp”. Stress is so present in all our lives, we truly need tools to comprehend the important things in life and our importance. I have found meditation to be a path I want to continue to follow. I also am really trying to find time for work and the social media part it craves, but at the same time lessen my screen time and not be connected all the time. Balance, we all need balance. Some days this is easier than others.

Well work then — Something that I really am happy about is that the project Vild will continue and have a few performances, we will for example visit Vasa this spring. So we will be taking a day of promo shooting soon and I´ll let you in on that when the day arrives.

Also La Riippa Group has promo shooting to look forward to, next week to be exact, and that is due to our album which release date slowly nears. Hopefully you’ll soon hear us on the radio. The same is with the album that I am working on with my cousin, release date to  be announced shortly. But you can find us on facebook, where also all the other ensembles will get pages to easily follow our work and upcoming shows.

Let´s see how the summer will look, we´re booking with all ensembles at the moment and I’ll write all upcoming shows in the widget where you can easily find the info. There will be some reggae and folksy tunes aswell, besides my own artistic projects. Also the drama project at the museum continues with quite a few shows for the schools in Kokkola.

I am lucky to have gotten a scholarship to attend Drama Boreale in Gothenburg next August, and I´ll take my family with me. Drama Boreale is a nordic conference in drama/theatre education. Three years ago it was in Silkeborg Denmark, and I enjoyed my participation there a lot and hope for a tremendous conference once again.

As soon as I get more to announce, I´ll do so. I’ll end this post with another part from the performance Vild. There are a few mishaps with this performance, but I find it to be beautiful nevertheless, and we learn from our flaws. This is Krafte/Force, as I want to end this post with a promise of light and hope.

Happy 2018!

/Jessica

It’s not always easy

It seldom is..
I am lucky in many ways and have been able to do a lot of work already although my baby is just about 10 months. I’ve graduated, done a few gigs, worked and performed a play and so on.. But at the moment I am feeling quite frustrated with the situation. I have so much I should do but almost all my time is needed as a mother, and obviously that is what I have to do. But I feel very torn on this subject. Envy is an emotion that is getting hard to quench and I start to minimize my own worth and capability as an artist, musician, teacher.. mother.
How can it be that I still haven´t managed to get La Riippa Groups album ready? How can it be I don’t publish more? Why don´t I create more? Where am I?
And then again. I sit here on the floor as my boy is sleeping in our bed. He’s been teething and the poor soul has had difficult nights. Obviously this is were I am needed and were I myself need to be, but the contradictions of the roles in my life is really harassing my mind and I feel inadequate.
What a relief then to now have some time in the morning to write down these thoughts as an artist and mother. And what a relief to have had an easier night and my son seems to be feeling better and those little pearly whites and gums  are not aching as much today.
So after taking some time to reflect and get my head together: what has happened since the last post?
I had the immense pleasure to work with Rock Donna again. Rock Donna is a community that work for girls right and opportunity to do music. You can check out the work Rock Donna does on their homepage www.rockdonna.com.
The community has been based in the Southern part of our country where they have been working since 2012 more or less, and last year we had our first workshop here in Ostrobothnia were I live. Last weekend we finished our second workshop and this time it was in Jakobstad. This time the workshop was for girls in elementary school and we had a happy bunch of 8 participators.
The day was a nice one and I am quite sure the kids felt likewise. But it was a long day for me and I even managed to once again misplace my phone in the way of my people (I am one among my relatives who are prone to misplace stuff..and forget..)
As I earlier mentioned -envy, why not tackle that here and now. As I now have been nursing a teething baby who has more or less been glued to me, yes the emotion of envy has hit hard. I am in the marvelous position of having friends in the field of art and music, and these friends are very talented. Oh my how talented!! and as I sit in my dark corner with a cloud on my head I almost feel a bit resentment. Resentment with my own life at the moment. And that is a feeling I have, not good or bad, it´s just the truth. I am very lucky and I love my son and I would not want it any other way, but nevertheless I long for a bit more freedom to create and be part of a cultural life beyond the walls of my home. These are emotions, and emotions are not always rational, but they are justified to be acknowledged.
I give you envy.
Envy that women feel towards other women.
May it be about beauty, physique, relations, talent, positions.
This is an ugly emotion, and we have all known it.

With me on stage:
Wilma Mustonen and Moa Ketonen (dancers)
Maria Autio, Jennifer Marlin, Rosa Latva (vocalists)
Thank you for reading this far, and I already feel stronger. Here in Finland we also are in the middle of the KAAMOS. A lovely state when the sun rarely shows itself, what a joy!
All my love to you fellow sisters and brothers!
/Jessica

Vild – Wild

Hi everyone, I hope you are well. We are in the midst of a snowstorm here in Finland, so I´m working today inside while my son is sleeping inside in the warm.

In my last post I told you that I finished my degree in music pedagogy  last spring, and today I´d like to write about my examination concert which I did about a year ago. It was called Vild (Wild) and premiered in Schauman hall in Jakobstad 5.11.2016.

As a singer I obviously think that the voice is the ultimate instrument, versatile and wonderful. In an early stage I decided that my examination concert needed to bring that forth, and I also wanted to challenge my voice and how I write vocal pieces. I started to work on a performance where vocalists and dancers interact and together create a piece about the strength in women. I was inspired by the book “Women who run with the wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. In the book where stories and myths about the wild woman and these stories and their explanations inspired me greatly in my composing. I wanted to compose strong vocal pieces for women with wide range and ability to use vocal effects. I wanted the voice to express emotions raw and hard, not just sweet and pleasant. I wanted to show how varied a woman can use her voice to express emotions and I wanted feelings to show, not just be heard. The dancers had the same task but in a visual context. Together we created a performance with 6 main pieces that can be named: Ritual-Awakening-Rage-Siren song-Envy-Force

I also wrote my thesis about the use of effects in vocal music and this performance was the base to that work. I’d like here below to attach the abstract for that work:

The aim of my exam concert was to study different vocal techniques and effects of the voice, and how these can be applied in non-conventional vocal music.

The overall purpose of this analytical part of my thesis is to examines and explains the artistic choices made for the concert ”Vild”. The leading questions in my work have been: In which different ways is it possible to work with the voice in vocal music, what effects and techniques can be used and how can feelings get across in singing and performance.

The conclusion is that feelings and interpretation always have an essential role in vocal technique and singing. To interpret different feelings, you need knowledge and the ability to master the instrument concerning different sounds, different conditions and different expressions, but most of all you need honesty and courage to dare to step outside your comfort zone and let yourself be touched by the present and your own depths.

I think I-ll stop here and link to a youtube video where you can see the piece Rage from the performance. Take a look and tell me what you think, won’t you.

My Rage is subtle, steadily growing. It grows and diminishes just to awaken again in an explosion. It takes pauses to think where to go next. It challenges. It lives and breaths.

/Jessica

Artist + mother = <3

I have not posted anything here in a long time because I have been focusing on my “new” role as a mother. My baby boy is now 9 months and I now feel I should get this page updated and write a post on what has been happening and what I am working on at the moment, and also write my thoughts on being an artist and how that goes together with being a mother.

I did my last singing gig about a month before my son was born, and did studio work even later, and 2 weeks before the birth I danced in a music video! 😀

FIRST SOME UPDATES!

I love being a mother and I am fortunate to have a husband who can fix his work so that even I could start doing a bit work and some artsy stuff quite early. My boy was 2 months old when I wrote my bachelour thesis and during spring I finished my education at Novia University of applied sciences, so I’m now also a music pedagog.

I started doing gigs with Niko Riippa, Armadis Rama and Soulhouse in july and did some dramatized guidning at K.H.Renlund  in Kokkola this fall, and which will continue next spring. The script is written by Paulina Holmqvist and my co-actor is Viktoria Viiand. I also continued my work as a drama teacher and can be contacted if workshops are needed.

COMING UP!

I can announce that my cousin Niko Riippa and I am recording an album together. We have done new arrangements on songs with lyrics by  Alexander Slotte and also composed new music to his poems. We have also recorded other traditional songs and some new original music. If we get enough orders we know we can publish a “real cd” and not only a digital version. You can already contact me with your order if your interested.

Also La Riippa group will come out with new material and our debut album will be published in 2018.

A lot more is on the horizon and I promise to keep you updated with a blogg entry here once a week. See, I wrote it so now I must live up to my promise!

Love and kindness <3

/Jessica

Getting back on schedule

So my site has been hacked for quite a while but now finally I got to work on it and a relative to me, helped me out and fixed it in a few minutes. I myself have been pulling my hair and stressing about how to get it cleaned up, and then it proved to be just an easy problem to fix for him. Well he knows what he does and I was fumbling in the dark. Jesper is at the moment studying in Singapore and I highly recommend you check out his blog and the beautiful pictures he´s been taking on his adventure:

http://blog.jespertunkkari.com/en/

Autumn is here and as always, a lot of work is to be expected. Yesterday we had our second premier of our play that we performed with during summer.  We have worked all summer on Molières play: “The Miser”, which we are now performing at Teatteri Iltatähti in Kokkola. We speak both Finnish and Swedish in our production and we have our last performances on friday 9.9 and Saturday 10.9. You are more than welcome!

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I also had the pleasure to visit Teater Surra in Stockholm, Sweden, a few weeks ago. The work mainly with physical theatre and masks in the way of commedia dell’arte. It was an interesting visit and I got to see them work, hear stories from over the years, and also get ideas for my own work. Next week new theatre classes which I am leading will start and a few ideas from my visit will come in handy with the new groups. Do check out the homepage and if possible a performance!

http://www.teatersurra.se

I´ll be updating my upcoming shows and have a lot of news to share! Until next time!

 

/Jessica

 

 

Musicals all spring long!

Viva Allegro!

 

That´s the name of the week at Campus Allegro in Jakobstad at the moment, and there´s a lot happening! Culture, culture all week long, and a few gems.

Tomorrow I’ll have the opportunity to have a musical vocal lesson with John Langley. Looking forward to that! We have John Langley and Jayne O´Mahony visiting us in Jakobstad, and also Nick Davies with whom we’ll have a concert on Saturday. I’m singing a really tiny tiny solo in one of the les mis song, great song at least! 🙂                               So welcome to Schauman hall on Saturday 14.3.2015 at 14:00 or 19:00 to listen to beautiful songs from Les mis, Evita,  Mary Poppins and so on. But get there already tomorrow when Novias vocal ensemble will have a gig at 19:00. We´re singing Sibelius, Fougstedt, Taube etc.

A few weeks after that it´s time for THE LION KING!!! On saturday 28.3.2015 you should be at Runebergssalen to be a part of this amazing theatrical music experience. What are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!

How sweet it is!

/Jessica

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A new experience on it´s way!

Hello Autumn!

 

It snowed today, and I’ve been freezing. But don’t you worry, we have an experience to keep you warm!

31.10.2014 Niko Riippa Experience in Kokkola, Snellmansali.  A few years ago we did a similar concert at the same venue, where we had a tribute  Jimi Hendrix celebration concert. It was a brilliant evening and the music was just beautiful.

This time we’ll do a bit Hendrix swell, but also much much more. Won’t you be there?

/Jessica

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