Katri is given the Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education Award
Katrimusic on youtube
Katrimusic on instagram
Mestiza Music, the documentary airing nationally on your PBS stations June 2016-January 2017!
Katrimusic on twitter
E3Q video "Lonesome Luke" released on facebook Aug.29.2013
Chamber Music at Kerrytown Concert House with Stephen Miahky, Christina McGann and Jingwen Tu. Wed Oct.9, 2013 8pm
Recital at the Kerrytown Concert House, July 20, 2013 at 8pm with Maria Sampen.
a new video from Drew DeFour, featuring Kin Curran "Don't Be Afraid to Sing the Songs You Love"
Leevi Madetoja on the Fennica Gehrman site - this is a good bio of my hometown hero!
Katri on facebook
May Erlewine's album "Golden" won the "Jammie" of the year, and the "best Americana album of the year" in Grand Rapids, MI. GO May! And yes, Golden is epic.
Blessed summer - COVID 19 edition
I count myself very lucky to have the opportunities that I have - I love my children and my family, I love my students and I certainly love playing the cello. Frequently the three are at odds and we find ourselves looking for a better balance in our work/life/music. Last summer I was especially lucky to have several wonderful projects - and get to play with many great friends and musicians: the Muses at the Cranbrook Collections, the Brave New Works family at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and the True North Quartet at Michigan's UP, as well as my new friend Danielle Belen at her Center Stage Strings festival. Boy how things have changed since last year!
The first, most important thing is that my family is safe, we are observing a fairly strict physical distancing policy and always wear masks in public. Lives all over the world, whole societies and so many industries are profoundly changed because of the virus, not least the performing arts. Personally, it has been a time of a lot of reflection, baking bread and gardening (and I know I'm not alone; I think all of our grandmother's would be proud of the zeal Gen X has shown in figuring out the sour dough bread thing).
There isn't much to report on the professional front - because everything is cancelled. The sense of time is altered and so while I have been talking with friends about recording projects online, I find myself floating... and enjoying the friendship and community that we share despite not being able to play together. It is a gift. The academic environment is certainly a safe haven in this time, and I miss my colleagues and students: I can't wait til it's safe to see each other again in person.
As to resurrection of an ensemble.... the Muse Ensemble was making a come back, and when the restrictions hit Michigan we had just finished a residency/concert program at UM with Maria Sampen. It was a beautiful time and I can't wait to play together again.
In terms of what is available online.. I have a youtube channel (thanks to pianist Tuomas Juutilainen for impromptu video shoot at the end of; Brad Phillips for asking me to play on a track with Jeff Daniels, Brian Vander Ark, May Erlewine, the Brad Phillips Roots Music Strings etc; and Andrew Bishop for writing beautiful music for an audible podcast and then asking me to play). So far my channel only has two little Finnish pieces for cello and piano, but more video is definitely in the works. Mestiza Music, our PBS documentary, is finished playing on PBS stations nationwide. It is a 60-minute telling of our journey in cultural collaboration and merging of two musical ensembles, Andean pan pipe trio and western classical string quartet, through music of composer Gabriela Lena Frank. The film was broadcast nationally starting in June 2016. WFYI Indianapolis has created a webpage for the documentary and you can still see the documentary on youtube through that page. We are also on facebook. Recordings can be found on spotify and other streaming platforms: most recent release is the Brad Phillips and the Roots Music Strings album "Breaking Free". Coming out next is the Brave New Works album "the Outer Bar" containing music by Andrew Mead and Robert Morris.