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Tactile Material Video
Tactile Material Video

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(Official video) Islaja: Tactile Material

Music: Merja Kokkonen

Album: Tarrantulla (release date 1.12.2017)

Record label: Svart Records

Choreography & editing: Laura Jantunen

Cinematography: Sakari Tervo

Actors: Niina Hosiasluoma, Mikko Ensio Lehtonen, Tatu Nenonen, Lotta Suomi, Maija …

Tarrantulla LP out December 8 on Svart Records
Tarrantulla LP out December 8 on Svart Records

Tarrantulla is the sixth and latest album by Finnish Berlin-based artist Merja Kokkonen, alias Islaja. It is the artist’s first major solo release since 2014’s S U U.

Islaja returns as eclectic as ever. Synth pop collides with …

Musica Nova Helsinki
Musica Nova Helsinki

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Nicosfääri
Nicosfääri

JNBY x ensæmble ( x Islaja )
JNBY x ensæmble ( x Islaja )

Kaamos
KaamosKaamos, 2015 Merja Kokkonen

Polymer clay, acrylic paint, wood, paper, speaker, sound, light, blue acrylic sheet.

http://islaja.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/HILBERTRAUM.wav

 

 

When the December sun makes only the faintest shimmer on the wet roads, it is the time of the Rauhnacht (the …

Hilbert Raum
Hilbert Raum

Exhibition and a concert at Hilbert Raum, Berlin.

 

more info here

Monika Werkstatt
Monika Werkstatt

MONIKA WERKSTATT

Es begab sich im Jahre 1997, dass Monika auszog, um der überwiegend männlich geprägten Musiklandschaft mit Top-Veröffentlichungen die Stirn zu bieten. Obwohl sie die Ellenbogen ausgefahren hat und sich bislang behaupten konnte, ist 20 Jahre später insgesamt kaum …

Islaja sings poems by Teresa of Ávila
Islaja sings poems by Teresa of Ávila

“Islaja Sings Teresa” oli Pyhän Teresan Hurmio – näyttelyn oheisohjelmaa. Konsertti pidettiin Amos Andersonin taidemuseolla 24.lokakuuta 2015.

New life of Teresa project!

Autumn 2015 I participated in an exhibition called “The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa”. In addition to the actual …

Parallel Vienna
Parallel Vienna

Merja Kokkonen

The Soft Catechism, 2015

Spray paint and cord on woven cotton fabric, on display table, 81 x 47 cm

For purchasing inquiries please contact czirp czirp via http://www.czirpczirp.cc/

 

In September 2015 czirp czirp is participating in the …

Suomen Leijona (Lion of Finland, 2015)
Suomen Leijona (Lion of Finland, 2015)

different embodiments of lion symbol – as seen in the nationalist symbols of finland – venture from big brother TV show to an art school’s studio and from google Images to a suburban shopping mall.

a collaboration with Anni Puolakka

The Nicosphere
The Nicosphere

The Nicosphere  was a meditation-tribute-deconstruction of Nico in the form of an installation, in a visual arts context.

It consisted primarily of music (by Merja Kokkonen) and an essay (by Antti Nylén).  The installation additionally featured a ‘lumen print’ – …

May Mini Tour
May Mini Tour

MAY 7- ZAGREB, 8-VIENNA, 9-PISEK, 15-STOCKHOLM (see concert page for details)

See No Sun
See No Sun

See No Sun from the album SUU.  Blank Blank Produksjon music video.

Blog post and making of – documentary behind this link :

http://blog.blankblank.org/i-see-no-sun-cause-im-in-a-warehouse-making-a-crazy-music-video/

Exercise in channeling

What follows is an exercise in channeling. Instead of speaking on behalf of Islaja, I will let her lyrics speak through me.

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Having Islaja in my mouth: “Move on like a cloud” Singing: “Keep swimming like a shark”

When …

Shit Hit The Fan
Shit Hit The Fan

UK spring mini tour with Picastro. May 1st – May 4th
UK spring mini tour with Picastro. May 1st - May 4th

May  1. cafe OTO,  London . more info here

May  2. cube cinema, Bristol. more info here

May  4. Sounds From the Other city Festival, Manchester. more info here

STONE SHELTER collaboration with echo + seashell
STONE SHELTER collaboration with echo + seashell

http://vimeo.com/87858158

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here’s more info of the performance duo

http://echoplusseashell.tumblr.com/

Siren Call
Siren Call

MTV documentary THIS IS OUR MUSIC
MTV documentary THIS IS OUR MUSIC

Very young and cute Islaja. Almost ten years ago…i thought this was lost forever!

Collaboration with Orange ‘Ear
Collaboration with Orange 'Ear

Filmed and recorded during a concert in November 2013. Shot in a living room in Berlin Friedrichshain.

Photo series by Claudia Brijbag
Photo series by Claudia Brijbag


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