Hi, I'm Satu Maria. 

A passionate composer and musician 

with a desire to tell a story and 

stir your inner narrative.

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SOME OF THE WORKS

I'M MOST PROUD OF

 
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My Role

Style

Instrumentation

Composer

Musician

Producer

Classical

Ambient

Solo piano

Prayer/ soaking music

Mixing and mastering

Richard Phillip Wolff/

Insomnia Studios

EMERGING HOPE

2021

If you are leaving

something behind

There is always beauty 

Even in letting go

Trust is the key

To emerging new hope 

Let it grow 

in the secret of 

the sleeping soil

  

Emerging Hope is my first solo piano collection, released in July 2021. It consists of three calm, soft and meditative pieces Breathe (2018), Emerging Hope (2021) and Healing (2020). 

 

The composing process of each piece relies largely on the improvisation methodology  I have been developing and using in my artistic work during the years. 

The music can also be described as "prayer music", as improvisation in my life is also seamlessly linked to spirituality - I perceive it as a prayer that moves beyond the realm of words. Thus the methodology used carries a deep spiritual significance for me.

 

T A I V A S T O 

2020

This work is a 16 -minute soundscape composed for a collaborative art exhibition

"T A I V A S T O - The Sacred Winged Beings of the Vanishing Block", held with visual artist Tuija Ihanta. Thematically the exhibition aimed on giving a voice to the birds and the vitality in them. It was also an alarm call for the disappearing nature of biodiversity. The exhibition also aimed on giving a voice to other kind of holy, winged beings.

Soundscape follows a narrative written by 

Tuija Ihanta, being the composer's interpretation of a journey with varying landscapes, topped with the deeply expressive vocals of Riikka Lehtonen and her mysterious, at times tension creating monochord. Local birdwatcher Eetu Paljakka has provided part of the bird sounds, which were incorporated and mixed to fit the soundscape. 

 

The listener is taken to a meandering path through the themes of loneliness, wandering dystopia, celestial battle, and also otherworldly, fragile beauty and emerging hope.

Style

Instrumentation

Ambient

Classical

Electronic

Orchestral

Sound design 

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CREDITS OF THE SOUNDSCAPE

My Role

Composer

Sound designer

Musician

Producer

Tuija Ihanta

Riikka Lehtonen

Eetu Paljakka

Script writer 

Director

Assistant

sound designer

Singer

Musician

(monochord,

wind chimes)

Bird sound recordings of:

Common Crane,

Willow Tit, 

Barn Swallow

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CHAPTER IV

2019-2020

Are you starting a new chapter in your life?

 

Co-written with musician and producer Theo Keys, Chapter IV is a hopeful and uplifting song for all of us in transitions in life. The song was also published as a debut single of The Core - a duo born in the writing process.  

My Role

Composer

Musician

Style

Jazz pop

Smooth jazz 

Instrumentation

Solo saxophone

Band

VIIMEINEN VALSSI

2018-2019

"The Last Waltz" echoes the bittersweet longings and the endearing moments of a life lived. It reminisces the good, grieves the past mistakes, evokes the questions of eternity.

 

Composed as a commissioned work for a horn-piano duo and later as a chamber ensemble arrangement for French Horn, string quartet and piano, premiered in Tapiola Sinfonietta's chamber music concert Con Corno by the horn soloist Pasi Pihlaja.

Dancing Legs

My Role

Composer

Musician

Style

Classical

Jazz ballad

Instrumentation

Chamber ensenble

Ocean

SEA VOYAGE

2017

Is an orchestral work with a blend of classical post minimalist elements, sound effects and a flavor of jazz influence.

 

It's a marine journey inspired by the conversations with an elderly sailor. Originally the work also created the musical landscape of a sound installation in a multimedia art exhibition.

My Role

Composer

Musician

Style

Classical

Jazz

Cinematic

Instrumentation

Orhestral 

Sound Effects

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SUITE DEL RISTORO

2014

Is a composition built upon a structure every story is said to more or less follow. Forming a complete piece of 12 mins the four part Suite includes also a dance choreography. Suite Del Ristoro is my first composition and the story of how I discovered composing.

Location

Dislocation

Re-location

Restoration

My Role

Composer

Musician

Style

Classical

Jazz

Instrumentation

Strings, piano/ keys, sax, accordion, voice

Style

CONVERSATION IN

2014

The song draws its inspiration from a Psalm 23 of the Bible. This conversation between a sheep and a Shepherd echoes the questions and hopes of a traveler.

My Role

Composer

Musician

Instrumentation

Ambient

Folk

Jazz

Saxophones

Synths

Sound effects

THE VALLEY

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Sound Mixer Knobs

Instrumentation

Virtual instruments

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

2017-2018

In my quest of finding my sound, electronic music

serves as a way of exploring new territories. It's a playground as well as a place to vent.

My Role

Composer

Musician

Style

EDM

Ambient

MUSIC FOR THE MEDIA

2018

I have composed the music for a real estate business Bo LKV's commercial video, which was produced by a photograpy studio Skopix.

My Role

Composer

Musician

Style

Electronic 

Jazz

Instrumentation

Virtual instruments

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PIANO IMPROVISATIONS

A series of live and studio improvisations. 

 

Working with piano freely is at its best a work of art and also many times a starting point of a larger work and a composing process. 

Get familiar with my improvisations and hear more about one of the key elements of my creative process.

My Role

Style

Instrumentation

Composer

Musician

Classical

Ambient

Jazz 

Solo piano

2011 -

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