Art Work: Ernst Mether-Borgström / Design: Juha Lökström
Kirkastus is a duo recording by Iro Haarla and Juhani Aaltonen, released by TUM Records in June 2015.
All compositions are by Iro Haarla. She describes the creative process and the theme of the album ('kirkastus' = 'glorification') as follows:
"Through my music, I try to provide listeners with consolation, clarity and emotions that hopefully help them both face adversity and also embrace positive experiences thereby enabling them to always appreciate how wonderful life really is.
When preparing material for this duo recording, I decided to mostly include new compositions that were inspired by some of my favorite biblical Psalms that also address these same matters, although in a more poetic and metaphorical manner than I ever could. They too represent a spiritual connection between beauty and eternity. This seemed particularly appropriate as I believe that real spirituality is always present in Juhani´s playing.
The following thought inhabits each composition on this recording: we all should look at life as if we were moving towards a clearing horizon on each day of our lives."
Source: TUM Records homepage