In my artistic doctoral project I am investigating different ethnic singing and vocals techniques in a free improvisation context. Some of the ethnic techniques are joik, Carelian joik, overtone singing or throat singing, cattle calls, Pygmy singing or yodeling, plus various sound effects used in voice improvisation.
In 2010 I started my doctoral studies in Sibelius Academy. The same year I did my first concert Etnojazz with jazz musicians Jari Perkiömäki and Sami Linna. With them I have worked already from 1998. Using Pygmy riffs in jazz context has been a fruitful approach. For that concert I concentrated especially using Pygmy music themes as a point of departure.
In my second concert 28.2. 2012 I played with classically trained musicians, pianist Elina Heinonen and cellist Tapani Heikinheimo. The sound colours of piano, prepared piano and cello opened up my expression to new sound colours as well. In my plans the third concert will be together with other singers.
My reseach object is really my own communication and reactions in improvisation with musicians from various musical backgrounds.
Central elements in this field are collective creativity, reacting to impulses fron other musicians and so called silent or peaceful moments when music can take unexpected turns to new directions. Those moments to me are the main point in improvisation. Those moments are so full of concentrated energy which can explode to something totally new.
In the writing part I am reflecting my artistic research and learning process. My questions of interest are: How different contexts are effecting my way of improvising? What kind of artistic products can be created having culturally different musicians improvising together? What kind of impulses am I reacting to when improvising? What are the musical elements taht make me react creatively?