Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 5:23am - Music
This fall I´ve had the incredible opportunity to collaborate on a music and video project with one of the most talented musical artists I´ve ever met, Kirsi Ranto from Jalasjärvi, Finland. Kirsi reached out to me back in May, after seeing my short films "Yosemite Range Of Light" and "Welcome To The Outside". We quickly became friends, and have been able to continually inspire each other by sharing our excitement for creating art and spreading love.
We decided to work together on a project that I´ve been dreaming up for quite some time. After getting to know Kirsi a little bit better, I knew she was the perfect person to collaborate with. I´ve been wanting to create Video Essence Portraits of artists, that capture the essence of someone, and combine their art with my own in a way that allows us to synergize together and come up with something greater than we could achieve on our own. In this modern age of the world wide web with opportunities opening up at a global scale, I feel its very important for artists to have a video that captures their essence and their spirit, and allows people to really get a feel for not only their art, but the person and soul behind the art.
Working with and getting to know Kirsi has been inspiring beyond measure. The passion and joy she brings to her music is so uplifting and filled with love; and I can´t help but feel that as she´s starting to write more music in English, that her ability to reach more people and to spread love will continue to grow. It´s been an amazing honor to work with her, and I´ve been waiting patiently for the day when I could start to share some of her music, because its so beautiful, and powerful, and you need to hear it :)
I´d love to share below one of the songs that we filmed and recorded live when I was in Finland this September. While our finished piece will include interviews, narration, music, shots from around her home village of Jalasjärvi, and much more; after hearing Kirsi play live, I knew we also had to release some of the live recordings of her songs as music only. There´s just something so powerful and moving in seeing Kirsi sitting at her piano playing and singing live. I still get chills every time I watch.
This first song is called "Anna Mun Tulla Kotiin" ("Let Me Come Home"). Kirsi wrote this song a few years ago, and it was first released on her album Läikytät Mua (released in 2010). I love that the first song we´re releasing is in Finnish, because I feel it will give people who don´t understand Finnish the opportunity to really feel her passion and heart without trying to understand the words. I love this song, and hope you enjoy :)
You´ll also find below lots of images, some screenshots, and BTS shots from our time together. We both realized during my trip here in September, that we have a grand opportunity to create something really beautiful with the synergy of our arts, so I am actually back in Finland right now and we are working together again.
What began as an idea to make a short film has blossomed into a much grander vision. We love working together, and our synergy continues to grow as we get to know each other better. This trip we have focused more on photography, which has led us to an incredible place that we would have never even imagined at the beginning of this trip; the lanch of Kirsi´s new website! I encourage you to check out her new site, as it really gives an in depth look and feel into who Kirsi is.
Kirsi and I have the same mission in life, and that is to spread love. Its amazing what can happen when people come together in the name of love, and bring their combined talents together in a way that far outweighs the sum of the individual efforts. I hope that you enjoy Kirsi´s music, and we look forward to sharing much more as time goes on. Namaste :)
Since it will be a little while before we start releasing more videos, I thought I´d share a few screen captures from some of the footage we got. Kirsi lives in a gorgeous area, and it was totally different then my home was in California. It´s so exciting to shoot new in places! You can click here to see the rest of the post with our iPhone BTS shots.....
This trip was the first time I used my KesslerCrane Cineslider for video instead of only timelapse, and it just made me love it even more :)