Marja’s fifth studio album Polku (‘path’) will be released in 15. February 2007. This time the arrangements and production are made by Ilmari Issakainen and Tyko Saarikko, two members of the Finnish neofolk band Tenhi.
Marja Mattlar is as uncompromising in concert as she is in studio, preferring to perform solo with classical guitar in small rooms with no amplification. She has performed in this way in many small country villages throughout Finland and abroad, making full use of the intimate contact with the audiences. When the situation is right, Marja will also perform in larger spaces with amplification and a few backing musicians.
More news and song samples at:
Yeah, it’s true. What there is more to say…see all of you there.
The show will probably be acoustic based and will concentrate on Airut themes. It will blow you away. We have huge windmachines.
We are also booking more shows for this year and you are better not to miss any of them.
“Airut:aamujen” is the sequel of TENHI’s “Airut:ciwi” which was released in 2001. The piano driven “Airut:aamujen” was originally released in small limited edition thru our Utustudio in December 2004 under the name Harmaa. After signing it also to Prophecy we wanted to re-release it with the title TENHI and so bring the saga together.
Tenhi’s airut:saga is based on my and Ilmari Issakainen’s visions. The saga continues and explores further paths found in certain TENHI songs. The song ‘Kielo’ was the source of inspiration for the first two chapters. The third one “Airut:Savoie” will grow upon themes found in ‘Tuulenkaato’ and ‘Maa syttyy’ (Maaäet). We have already composed the material for “Airut:savoie” and shall enter the studio at the end of this summer.
Release date for TENHI “Airut:aamujen” is 20.10.2006, the track listing is as follows:
Saapuminen – Emerging
Seitsensarvi – Grey Shine Of June
Lävitseni Kaikkeen – Thru Me And Into Everything
Luopumisen Laulu – Eloign
Kuvajainen – Apparition
Oikea Sointi – Lay Down A Tune
Kahluu – Fury Revived
Hiensynty – Burning
Läheltä – A Brief Passing Moment
10th year celebration double album
Currently we are working with TENHI’s 10th year celebration double album, which will include rare and unreleased stuff along the years and alternative versions of the album songs, it will also include the demo from 1997 “Kertomuksia” and “Airut:ciwi” mcd and also unreleased airut:saga songs from 2001-2004.
I have finally made a Tenhi myspace site www.myspace.com/tenhiband. It is pretty empty but I hope to put some stuff there soon.
There is also a site for fans to get together, thanks Juuri for that.
Now that May is over and done with, it’s about time to declare the Maaäet design competition closed. Thanks for all the entries! Stay tuned for results after the weekend.
We have already got some great designs so thanks a lot. Just want to add that the designs can also be from your own graphics, photos or what ever just that they fit the mood of the album. Or you can mix them with album art…basically one can try anything.
This is an idea contest for all TENHI fans to design graphics for a MAAÄET t-shirt and hooded sweatshirt.
The designs should relate and fit to the graphics of the album. Be free to use all material from our website and even from the album art.
The proposal can be either for one (front) or two (front and back) side of the shirt. Printed area on one side shouldn’t be larger than A4 size (210mm x 297mm, vertical or horizontal). One can choose the color(s) of the print as well as the shirts.
Send your proposal in JPG-format (approximately 2mb) format to firstname.lastname@example.org until 31.5.2006 with your name and street address. We will then contact the winner.
The winner will be announced on 5.6.2006. We will also put the best works on display on the web page. The prize will be signed CD’s and all sort of rare items from TENHI vaults. We will hold the right to finalize the design before the manufacturing.
HARMAA has signed to Prophecy Productions. Harmaa has released the second chapter of the Airut saga ‘AIRUT:AAMUJEN a year ago thru UTUstudio. Prophecy will now re-release it and distribute it worldwide apart from Finland (UTUstudio) and Russia and Baltic States (Irond).
The recordings for the next HARMAA album will start this spring.
The errors of the booklet was due to the pressing company. The new ones are now under production and will be ready till the end of this month.
some REVIEWS of Maaäet
We would like to thank our fans for the patience for the new album. But unfortunately bad winds have been and are still blowing on our backs.
The first edition of maaäet was released with faulty booklet. It makes us really sad and furious that after all the hard work and delays the release was fucked up at the last minute.
In the correct booklet there should be one painting on each page and it should be read vertically like it shows in the previous picture in news section. Now it is totally screwed. The graphics have been splitted and scattered on different pages.
We encourage all the fans who have the faulty booklet to take contact to our label prophecy productions according their press-release. Our sincere apologies for the trouble.
press-release from prophecy:
“Because of an error during the manufacturing of the booklet for the new CD by TENHI, “Maaäet”, the sewing and the order of the pages are not correct. We would like to offer our apologies to everyone who bought the CD. If you want to have your booklet replaced, please get in touch with us and let us know your name and address as well as the name of the shop where you obtained the CD: email@example.com . ”
The press resonance for “Maaäet” looks great. There will be an excellent review in German Alternative Rock magazine VISIONS as well as even an album of the month and 10/10 points in the biggest German Gothic magazine ORKUS. Well known British magazine KERRANG wrote that “Maaäet” is “the sweet, sweet sound of Scandinavian sorrow. An ideal soundtrack for cold winter evenings.”
We will update our homepage soon, new promo photos etc.
Spread the word of the new album!
Finally the MAAÄET will be set aloof. The release date is set to 10.02.2006, read some more info thru comments page. Thanks for the patience and all the best for the year 2006 to all our fans. Cheers.
The release of Tenhi’s third longplay album ‘Maaäet’ has been re-scheduled to early 2006 by Prophecy. The actual release date will be announced later. Sorry to keep you waiting…
In the meanwhile we’ll put some new samples online.
TENHI’s label, based in Germany, were greatly alarmed by reports of copyright dinosaurs eating their young in those parts; consequently, the Tenhi samples etc. are not available on the site for the moment. We’re sorting out what we can put online and how, without anyone losing an arm and a leg, and hope to have something up soon.
Another sample from TENHI III MAAÄET, ‘tuulenkaato’, is up on the tenhi music page. Go have a listen.
The mastering of the new Tenhi album Maaäet has now been finished and the release date is set to 2005-11-28 by Prophecy productions. We will now continue working with the covers and booklet art.
The final track listing is:
kuulut kesiin-july’s wreath
viimeiseen-through bloom blades
vähäinen violetissa-lithe in lilac
maa syttyy-orphan joy
uuvu oravan luu-ease squirrel bone
rannalta haettu-from the shore
The master tape for our new album will be finished 22.8. The release date is set till November so it should arrive together with the first snow flakes.
Also new interview online:
The new TENHI full-length, entitled ‘TENHI III maaäet’, will be released this autumn by Prophecy productions. Check out a sample from a still unfinished song called ‘varpuspäivä’ from the unreleased music page for mid-summer eve’s magic. More samples coming up soon.
updated tentative track listing for TENHI III maaäet:
- vähäinen violetissa
- kausien ranta
- uuvu oravan luu
- maa syttyy
- rannalta haettu