Turku Rock Academy’s popular band clinics continue in the autumn. Music experts from different branches of the business will be heard for nine evenings during the fall. Whether you are young or old, music professional or an amateur, you are welcome to listen, learn and be inspired!

The fall clinics will be kicked off by guitarist Euge Valovirta. At August’s two special clinics, Valovirta will explain the aspects of music business both from the artist’s and the label’s point of view. The first clinic on Tuesday 20.8. will focus on different contracts and what they mean in practice. During his second clinic on 27.8., Valovirta will discuss the different titles and job descriptions.

On Wednesday 4.9. Sami Peura from Sam Agency Oy will take the floor. Peura will talk about furthering the artist’s career. On Tuesday 17.9., guitarist Jesse Heikkinen will tell about studying music and working as a professional musician. Heikkinen has played in such bands as Kauko Röyhkä & The Boots, Hexvessel and Funksons.

In October the guitarists will be getting a treat, as three top professionals will host a guitar clinic. The series will be started off on Tuesday 1.10. by Turku Rock Academy’s unofficial godfather, W.A.S.P. guitarist Douglas Blair. On Wednesday 16.10. one of Finland’s lead guitar players, Timo Kämäräinen, will take the spotlight. Kämäräinen has worked e.g. with Ismo Alanko and Olavi Uusivirta. October’s guitar clinics are topped off on Thursday 24.10. by singer-guitarist Samy Elbanna, founder of Lost Society.

Tuesday 12.11. one of Finland’s top live sound engineers, Janne Röning, will talk about his job as a sound technician and about sound technology. The last clinic of the fall, on Wednesday 27.11., will be hosted by HIM’s ex-keyboard player Jussi-Mikko “Juska” Salminen. He will tell his story on how the band’s hardcore fan got to live the dream and how he flew too close to the sun.

All clinics start at 18.00. The events are free, open to everyone and have no age limit. No pre-registration needed.

  • 20.8. Euge Valovirta: Musiikkialan erilaiset sopimukset ja niiden tarkoitus
  • 27.8. Euge Valovirta: Ammattinimikkeet, tittelit ja mitä ne tarkoittavat
  • 4.9. Sami Peura: Artistin uran kehittäminen
  • 17.9. Jesse Heikkinen: Musiikin opiskelu ja ammattimuusikon työ
  • 1.10. Douglas Blair: Kitaraklinikka (in English)
  • 16.10. Timo Kämäräinen: Kitaraklinikka
  • 24.10. Samy Elbanna: Kitaraklinikka
  • 12.11. Janne Röning: Äänitekniikka ja ääniteknikon työ
  • 27.11. Jussi-Mikko Salminen: "Kuinka bändin fani fääsi lentämään kohti unelmaa ja kohtasi rajat, jotka katkaisivat siivet"

More information from Turku Rock Academy’s executive director Tomi Arvas, tel. 050 554 6118 or executive producer Mark Bertényi, tel. 040 147 3750.