Sound and Image
Time & Place / Aika ja paikka
Details / Lisätietoja
What kind of music does a photographer compose? And why? Come and hear the
answer in Hietsun Paviljonki on 31.3.
Heikki Tuuli is a photographer known for his musician portraits and documenting opera
and the classical music scene because music has always been his passion.
"Music has always been an important part of my life - I've been listening
actively for fifty years, from Pergolesi to punk, Profiev to prog. I have been a
photographer for almost forty years and by specializing in classical music I have
combined my profession and passion and it has allowed me to be a part of the musical
I never thought I could make music myself even though I had some ideas. Six years ago
I decided to try to learn to play the piano when I had more time. I eagerly started to
study with my friend Jon Maury but it dindn't go well. I also realized that I really can't hear
the basic things about tonality, I can't tell the minor from the major.
Jon who himself is a composer suggested that since you have some good ideas, why
not compose. When I wondered how I could compose when I can't hear those
harmonies, he said, compose what you hear!
It was such good advice that I started working with Jon's guidance and encouragement.
As a result, in four years I have composed several pieces for piano, percussion and
string quartet, some of which will be heard in the concert.
I have tried to make free-tonal, rhythmically strong chamber music with clear forms –
minimalism and prog influences are probably easy to hear.
Two compositions by my teacher Jon Maury can also be heard."