The story on this recording was written by renowned children’s book author Tittamari Marttinen and it is read on the CD by the famous Finnish actor Ismo Kallio. (In Finnish)
The beautiful illustrations were done by Keanne van de Kreeke, a Belgian artist living in Finland.
The story is a rather unusual princess story, where princess Ellinoora is trying to find her laughter which has gotten lost in the midst of quarrelling parents and accumulated wealth that doesn’t interest her.
Interesting is also the story of how this recording came about:
I was in a studio in Belgium mixing the Platypus Ensemble’s recording Life@Play.
We finished early, some studio time was left and I decided to record a couple of spontaneous improvisations as a gift to take home to my then 5-year old daughter.
My daughter liked the music, so I decided to give a copy of the tunes to Tittamari to see if she would like to write a story to the music. Tittamari got inspired by my improvisations and came up with this funny modern princess story.
Listening to the music now, almost ten years after recording it, I am still very pleased with its spontaneous, playful and happy atmosphere. Additional to my main instrument, the piano, I am playing all sorts of folk instruments that I have never really studied, like ocarina, kantele, mouth harp – this is probably what gives the music such freshness.
Here are some samples:
Kotilinna (Home castle)