It's the time of the year to receive the gifts!
I went through my year and spotted down some biggest highlights of the year 2015. Looking back everything seems so tremendous!
Uni-album was released in the end of March 2015. It was the first music production that was fully, fully produced and recorded by myself. It was a big step to claim. But I had confidence on my sound and my vision - that is why I am so proud of this babe. It is a collection of music from many years aback, from 2012 to this year. Uni has been welcomed very well and it is also being listened to around the world. It is a short album, containing of six songs, and for me it has been very clear that it is to be continued by a longer piece. Like, it was meant to be a kind of a … single.
2. Rosa Latva Uni-band Concerts
I am SO thrilled about this year's band project. Uni consists of six members at it's fullest, tho is known to gig in different sizes. I've been privileged to play my songs in many kinds of bands with all kinds of instruments and people, and I love to see the evolution of it. I get to play with very talented and FUN people - because what would life be if it sucked to practice the songs together?? We've had huge laughs, but also HUGE concerts. For me one highlight was definitely this venue:
Kaustinen Folk Music Festival (july)
Uni played 2 concerts in Iholla-Sali and at the end chaos at Mondo. I loved ALL of those concerts, and I think our chemistry together with the band got pitched together and reached some magical dimensions. The end gig at Mondo was quite triply - I remember losing my experience of space and time in the last song, going into a trance of a kind at the end where everything gets quite progressive. Greetings to the sound guy - I often ask for some fun with the delay and now I really got it (AND with taste).
3. Duo-Gigs with Keke Lammassaari
I don't know how many gigs and performances we've put together, but we've done together A LOT. From playing our songs together to combining poetry, dance and music. I had so many favorites this year but these we're particularly awesome:
Jokelanseudun elämysten yö (night of experiences, gosh that translates well)
Since I really love to work with many mediums of art, it was SPECTACULAR to get to perform in this small village festival in southern Finland. We played in a huge barn with loads of people in it, and our set consisted of our songs, poetry and a belly dance choreography from me. Other performer's variety was from circus to burlesque, so you can imagine it was a real experience.
What was so impressive about the experience was the atmosphere of the community in there. A place in the middle of nature, a village of people, and they are working together to build up these kinds of events. Everyone seemed to be collaborating together in a way I have rarely seen!!
Living room Concert
I got to fulfill a dream of mine in the end of summer, when we played a small living room concert at a place of a friend! I love intimate places to perform and what would be more intimate than someone's show? The connection that happens with the audience can go to a next level in a place like this. I love to be able to talk with people and hear their experiences. My friend wrote the most loveliest testimonial for us which I definitely need to share with everyone so we got to play more of these!
4. The Nü Icon Intensive in Canada
This year has been a rocket ship!
I've attended this year to the Nü Icon Program by Laura Hollick, which is like coming home in the land of education. FINALLY a space where I get real support as an artist and actually good knowledge. It's like my soul coming home - I know I really long for a holistic approach in life and my career, and I need to apply the spiritual aspect, the physical, emotional, unicorns, faeries and snakes in my land of fairytales which is art which is life.
In August I traveled to Canada for a Nü Icon Intensive for a vision quest and some shoots for the Nü Icon Movie. OH MY GOD, one of my biggest highlights was to get my hair and makeup done and I swear I lost time and space sitting in that chair ladidididaa. If there's one thing I dream about is having a make-up and hair artist to do my looks. That's like heaven times million.
But above all I loved to meet all these people around the world and connect with them. It ended up being such a rich experience and I got very special nutrients from that trip which will for sure bear fruit in the future (and already has).
5. The Superhuman Breakfast
I am such a food and health junkie I KNOW. One of the greatest teachers in the online world I can't sparkle enough is Laura Hames Franklin, whose the Superhuman Breakfast-Challenge consisted of. Her work is amazing and I recommend you check out her Youtube-channel. But, to get back to SHB, I attended the challenge in the end of the summer and it was like insights blowing my mind.
The idea of eating warm food for breakfast is based in Chinese Medicine, combining complex carbs, protein, greens, sauerkraut (probiotics), salt and fats. When I started eating this steamed breakfast a lot of things changed. I eat a lot for breakfast, and what has happened is that I've learned to eat warm lunch. I'm telling you, I haven't been really able to do that in years - I used to eat something cold, like smoothies, but now I really crave for proper food. And my moods are much more stable and I get a whole lot of energy from my breakfast.
6. The Alien-Marathon
My movie recommendation of the year! I admit I don't always watch so much movies, but we watched through all the Aliens from the beginning to Prometheus, and I got so dosed with science fiction that my cells are speaking galaxy. I love science fiction.
7. When I learned grand jete
OK. So, I've had a lot of great dance moments and experiences this year, but this is especially spectacular because just six months ago I had no idea how to do a grand jete. I knew arabesque and all kinds of jumps but I felt kind of ridiculed about this one and I thought I was somehow weak or too rigid for this one.
Then I realized there was a certain technique….
and the story unfolds. Now it's one of my favorites. Let's leap!
8. Intentional jewelry
This piece of jewelry holds a bigger story behind it, and represents a creative spiritual journey from this year. I love the idea of wearing intentional jewelry, of it reminding of important symbols that charge my experience. I got this as a birthday gift from my boyfriend (I had no idea), and it has a ruby that I bought in the summer.
The stone holds a story - my partner was with me when I bought the stones, and the owner of the place told me that this stone was for him, but it would come to me later. So the thing was kind of forgotten, and then he came up with this pendant. It's a handmade unique piece, made from request.
The symbols represented there are the snake (transformation, medicine, death) and witch (scepter, creative sexual power).
I started practicing acrobatics this fall with my partner, and I am telling you that I have not done any acrobatics as a kid. Maybe some rolls but that's it. Even cartwheel I learned just a few years ago. So it has been kind of a new world. I've been very gradually, phase by phase, been working with the handstand and overcoming the fear of being upside down LIKE THAT. There have been moments I've stood there without support in a perfect balance. AND THAT I CELEBRATE!
10. Free voice lessons
I've worked with a handful of students this year, and I really love to dive in in these sessions. The moments when the student find the connection to their voice, become more free in their expression is fairly inspiring. And it's not up to your "level" as a singer. The kind of lessons that I have are based on to my own discoveries and experiences with my voice and I work very intuitively. And it's often really fun, creative work! And I often see rapid growth when people tap more deeply into their body awareness - it's all there, all the time, it's really not complex in the end. Seeing people leave with brighter eyes and an aura of freedom is what I give those sessions for!
This painting is one of my favorite visual arts-projects this year.
I painted it in one day at our backyard. It's made on a huge canvas which has been sitting and waiting for a loooong time. Painting something and this huge after a seriously long pause from using the brush and paints was a very healthy step to take. I felt SO nourished and giving myself the permission to paint intuitively. The painting itself has been touring a little and meeting people - we've asked tons of watchers to write their thoughts about the painting, and there have been all kinds of views from vulva to the birth of everything. And it really doesn't have to represent anything, it doesn't have a right answer. It speaks it's own language and tells it's own story!