Monthly Archives: January 2017

Farewell! Lebe wohl!

This was the end of the Music Show of the Nations. Thank you and Good Bye!

German clarinettists photo by Puolustusvoimat/Siven

German clarinettists
photo by Puolustusvoimat/Siven

Das ist das Ende der Musikschau der Nationen. Danke schön und auf Wiedersehen!

Russia photo by Ilja Loleit

photo by Ilja Loleit


Music was my first love
And it will be my last.
Music of the future
And music of the past.

To live without my music





Netherlands photo by Annika Toivonen

photo by Annika Toivonen

Would be impossible to do.
In this world of troubles,
My music pulls me through.

Songwriter Carole King



USA photo by Annika Toivonen

Mexico photo by Puolustusvoimat/Siven

photo by Puolustusvoimat/Siven


Auf Wiedersehen, auf Wiedersehen,
Bleib nicht so lange fort
Denn ohne dich wärs halb so schön,
Darauf hast du mein Wort.

Auf Wiedersehen, auf Wiedersehen,
Das eine glaube mir:
Nachher wird es nochmal so schön,
Das Wiedersehen mit dir.

Weil wir uns so gut verstehen,

Portugal photo by Puolustusvoimat/Siven

photo by Puolustusvoimat/Siven

Hab ich dich gar zu gern bei mir.
Leider mußt du schon gehen,
Ein Wort zum Abschied sag ich dir:

Auf Wiedersehen, auf Wiedersehen,
Bleib nicht so lange fort
Denn ohne dich wärs halb so schön,
Darauf hast du mein Wort.


France photo by Puolustusvoimat/Siven

photo by Puolustusvoimat/Siven


Bremen, the city of musicians? Bremen- Die Stadt von Musikanten?

So here we are in the city of Bremen. They invited us to play in Musikschau der Nationen, Music Show of the Nations. I was talking with our lovely guide, Doerte, and she told me what this show means for her. This year is the last time they organise this event and they have held it already for 53 years every year. It is a very famous show all around the area around Bremen. People are sad that it is ending. Some people wanted to be sure to get the tickets for the last time and bought them already one year ago. But for sure in the future there will be some other kind of musical events instead of Musikschau.

As I saw the logo in the pin I suddenly remembered a story from my childhood. It was the story about the city musicians of Bremen. I wanted to refresh my memory and searched the episode of Tao Tao in Youtube. The story tells about four animals that leave their homes for better life and decide to travel to Bremen to become town musicians. Making music brings together and builds new friendships. As Doerte said, is the best thing about the Musikschau to meet people all around the world. Funny detail was that actually the animals didn’t even get to Bremen because they found a cabin in the forest where they liked to stay.

So, I don’t know if Bremen is the city for musicians, but at least for this weekend the city is full of musicians from all around the world.

photo by Heli Palomaa

photo by Heli Palomaa

Also hier sind wir, in Bremen. Wir waren hier eingeladen, in der Musikschau der Nationen zu spielen. I habe mit unserer lieber betreuerin, Doerte, gesprochen, und sie hat erzählt, was die Musikschau für sie bedeutet. Dieses Jahr wird die Musikschau zum letzten Mal organisiert und es macht alle ein bisschen traurig. Für 53 Jahr ist die Musikschau jedes Jahr organisiert. Es ist schon sehr berühmte Veranstaltung in der Nähe von Bremen. Und jemand hat schon letztes Jahr die Eintrittskarten aufgekauft. In Zukunft gibt es sicherlich andere musikalische Veranstaltungen in Bremen.

Also bin ich nicht sicher, ob Bremen die Stadt von Musikanten ist, aber am wenigsten ist die Stadt für diese Wochenende voll von Musikanten.

The Difficulty of Giving Up

I have felt myself like a loser many times if I didn’t achieve what I was aiming for. It’s not that bad if you did everything you could but you just didn’t success. But if you have to quit before completing the task it sucks. And it has to be you to say the words “I can’t do this”.

I believe many musicians are conscientious and sometimes forget their own well-being. I have written earlier about the case when I passed out on the theater stage because working under flu. I know that it is wrong to go to work when you are sick but I felt I had no choice.

This time it’s about my wrist. I have had some problems already for ten years. When I was younger it got better faster and I didn’t pay so much attention to it. So many musicians hurt sometimes that it is somehow concerned to be normal. But playing shouldn’t hurt! I wrote my last thesis about the physical demands of working as a musician. Also my close friends have had to quit playing because of problems in their hands. So this time I wanted to be careful and went to a doctor when the pain didn’t end in two weeks. Now I’m eating pain killers for one week and giving rest for my wrist. Hopefully I am able to play in the next concert.

Event Poster copied from Facebook

Event Poster copied from Facebook

So I had to give up one project. It was not only about the wrist but also technical difficulties. I was so excited about this project because it was going to be a solo performance in Turku with the bass clarinet. It was going to be a part of a really interesting concert series in a bar. Definitely I am going to attend some of the concerts. It is not nice to say no, but I hope something else will come up when it’s the right time.

Spring looks busy with work and the next big thing is Musikschau der Nationen in Bremen, Germany! I will be writing my blog from there like in Oslo but this time I will also use my language skills and write auf deutsch.

Bis bald!