What: me performing both my own poetry and some chosen classics, both in original and in translations. Most pieces accompanied by Tero Valkonen, drums. Additionally, we’ll hear part of Salla Hakkola’s composition to words from the “Sirens” episode in Ulysses by James Joyce, in my Finnish, performed by the composer (folk harp) and myself (vocals), and watch / listen to Saara Lehto’s dancing her own choreography to my composition, ”Don’t Be Afraid of Being Afraid”. Charles Bernstein (New York) and ADACHI Tomomi (Tokyo) will step in as Special Remote Guests.

Where: Kulttuuriareena Gloria, Pieni Roobertinkatu 12, Helsinki / online web cast (url to be announced).

When: Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, 6 to 11 PM.

What else: after the performance, open mike, and there’ll be a bar open for the whole evening.

Why: on the pretext of my 60th birthday, Feb. 23, 2011.

To whom: TO ALL IT MAY CONCERN (entrance euro 5 + checkroom euro 2).

“Lehto’s performance foregrounded an atavistic, affective voice (…) roaring deafeningly from the loudspeakers. His way of squeezing the words and focusing on their phonemes served as a manifestation of the performative event itself, as if the performing and the voice themselves had taken the place of the subject matter expressed.” – Aleksis Salusjärvi

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Leevi Lehto, b. 1951, is a Helsinki-based poet, translator, publisher, and performer.

Tero Valkonen, b. 1974, also plays drums in the rock band Women of Earth.

Salla Hakkola, b. 1979 is folk harpist, singer, and composer active in multiple genres.

Saara Lehto, b. 1979 is mathematician and dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher.

Inquiries: Kirsi Poikolainen, kirsi.poikolainen(at) or +358400 694595