I was extremely lucky to have seen a post on Facebook from a friend about Savellyspaja. I saw the post, got excited about visiting Finland and Jukka Tiensuu (have heard some of his music before), and decided to apply. Thankfully I got in!
Savellyspaja was held in Sannas, a small town a short drive from the beautiful city of Porvoo, which is about an hour away from Helsinki. I obviously spoke zero Finnish, and my roommate Tiina Myllarinen (a Finnish composer) very graciously offered to meet me in Helsinki where she lived, and and we traveled to Sannas together!
Can’t wait to be back in Finland. The people are so friendly and the surroundings are so beautiful. The musicians are fantastic too!