Music, me and lutes
I am mainly interested in the so called "art music".
I still keep my ears open to other genres, too.
I play different types of European lutes; late renaissance and
early baroque are closest to my heart. The most interesting
period for me is around year 1600 - the time when late
renaissance turned into early baroque.
The extreme time limits for the types of lutes I play are 1500-1750.
Well, sometimes I break these limits, though... ;-)
I especially enjoy playing continuo (improvising harmonic texture on a
written bass line, an
example ) for a singer or a melody instrument player. That's why I
wrote 1994 a small manual for
those, who want to start this tremendous art:
Basics of the basics of lute continuo.
Here are some pictures of me and my lutes:
There is a page of information and pictures of my lutes;
measures, makers, etc.
- 10-course lute (end of 80's)
- Archlute (beginning of 90's)
- 6-course lute (beginning of 90's)
- Theorbo (beginning of 90's)
- Continuo playing
for violinist Minna K. and recorder player Johanna V. (beginning of 90's)
Theorbo played in "bottleneck style" by a mobile phone (summer 2001)
Me and the mould of the new Tieffenbrucher theorbo that I ordered in
Photographs of The Nordic Baroque Music Festival in summer 2001
Singer, theorbo and me - a woodcut by Sanna Kohonen 2002
(this jpg-file is published with the artist's
Photographs of the Early Music Course of Karjaa (Finland) in summer 2002
Mezzo-soprano Sanna M., theorbo and me (Autumn 2002)
(The same persons as in the woodcut above!)
A singing duo, lute and me (Autumn 2002)
Soprano Maija L., theorbo and me (February 2003)
A concert at the vernissage: Sanna & Sanna (March 2003)
Kevin Smith and the Utopia choir (March 2003)
The new theorbo project in March 2003
Four Theorboes in June 30th 2003
Early Music Course in Karjaa (Finland), summer 2003 - mainly only
theorbo pictures ;-)
Photographs of The Nordic Baroque Music Festival in summer 2003
A caricature in August 2003
Harvest concert in Vekkilä Farm Museum, Tammela 6.9.2003
- In the Lute List someone wrote 30 Jan 2004 that
"looks too much like Arto Wikla". I just wonder why...
I don't know what to say... ;)
Early Music Course in Karjaa (Finland), summer 2004
"New" old photos of my Dieffopruchar theorbo
Early Music Course in Karjaa (Finland), summer 2005
Soprano Meri S., theorbo and me (December 2005)
Early Music Course in Karjaa (Finland), summer 2008
I play lutes and renaissance guitar in the Finnish group 'The Poor
Here are some pictures of the ensemble:
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