A much belated update!
It’s now been two years since we first started fundraising for Karelian Soundscapes, and it’s been a year and a half since I went to Russia. The Karelian... Read more
Podcast #2 and Urgent Survey Reminder
Things have really been moving lately! I've been able to work with a talented friend to get the album mastered for free, the trade-off is that it is... Read more
Free track and backer surveys!
Dearest patient backers,
Thank you all for waiting between updates. Several times I've started to put one together, and told myself, 'let me just get to the next milestone...' Well,... Read more
First Preview of Karelian Soundscapes Album!
Don't miss out on the first podcast with previews of four tracks from the Karelian Soundscape album! https://soundcloud.com/michael-wahlquist/karelian-soundscapes-preview
Coming soon: the finished Karelian Soundscape album!
Things have... Read more
Good Things Coming Soon!
Its about time we were in touch! The months since I got back from Russia have been very busy - moving from Utah to Arizona, settling in, and... Read more
Newsletter #9 - Farewell, Karelia!
This is my last day in Russia! As I write I'm in the St. Petersburg Airport (Pulkovo 2). I got here by train, metro and bus. Its interesting... Read more
Newsletter #8 - Toive, Kantele, Phonoteka and Igor Arhipov
Good day! Добрый день!
It must just be the way of things - this was a wonderfully busy week spent mostly collecting some great recordings and meeting wonderful new people.... Read more
Newsletter #7 - The Sad Songs of Karelia
We've reached the phase of the project where I'm visiting less places and events and spending more time composing while being inspired by Karelia. However, since returning to Petrozavodsk... Read more
Newsletter #6 - Have you heard, there's a rumor in Saint Petersburg?
Greetings from the City of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, etc.
As promised I want to come out on time with this week's newsletter, but share more of the things I've been... Read more
Newsletter #5 - Here, There and Everywhere
This week's update has been long coming because we had the sudden unexpected opportunity to head back to Kizhi for the last few days! Don't forget to check... Read more
Newsletter #4 - Ring, Lakes! And Sing, Taiga!
Приветствия from Karelia!
I discovered the national anthem of Karelia this week. You might enjoy checking it out! It's quite nice, and the music is by Alexander Beloborodov, a composer... Read more
Newsletter #3 - Helicopter. Train. Composer. Warrior.
Greetings from Russia!
After last week's belated and lengthy update, I want to keep this week's newsletter short and sweet. Highlights this week have included flying off of Kizhi on... Read more
Newsletter #2 - Lone Island Ranger
Dear Friends and Backers!
It has been a very busy week! Make sure to check out the video, photos, and audio below (The audio is Igor Hutter improvising at the... Read more
Newsletter #1 - What Else: From Russia with Love!
Dear Backers and Friends,
Karelian Soundscapes is at last underway! You know that feeling of knowing just where you are on the map or globe? Right now that feeling tells... Read more
6 Weeks Out
Things are well underway for this project, and I just wanted to give you a little note to say I'm thinking of you and am so grateful for... Read more
Raise Your Pledge for Photos!
Everyone! It's the final days of the fundraising for Karelian Soundscapes, and we are so close to our goal! Your backing and sharing of this project have made a huge... Read more
New Details + New Video!
A big thank youto the 38 backers who have given generously to get us to 41% of our goal in just a few weeks! In case you missed it,... Read more