Wednesday 20.5 at 19:00: Three Stories by storytelling Joel Homlberg

Dear friend of Arkadia,


You are welcome to listen to storyteller Joel Holmberg at the bookshop on Wednesday 20.5 at 19:00.


He will perform Three stories: Daymoon, Dear Clarissa and Meeting Mama Lou with music by John Millar.


You should absolutely not miss this performance!  


Warm regards,


        Entrance is free and green tea will be served. A 2€ donation is suggested and would be welcome.

        You can also reach me via facebook.

I have an address under my name (“Ian Bourgeot”and I would gladly become your friend) and also a page under the bookshop’s name (“Arkadia Oy / international Bookshop / Helsinki and you could become a fan).



 Joel Holmberg is of Finnish background and was born in Massachusetts, U.S.A.  “I moved to the island of Martha’s Vineyard to establish a ceramics studio.  The first was located across the street from the rolling waves of the Atlantic.  The second on a horse farm and called Tashmoo Pottery after the nearby lake, and a dominant figure in Indian mythology.  The third in a cottage originally built for a former Indian Medicine Man.  Evenings were always given over to writing, dance and theatre.  Although delivering monologues was part of my undergraduate education, it wasn’t until living on the island that I acquired enough material and self-confidence to stand alone before an audience.”  He moved to Finland in 1997 and immediately joined the Finn-Brit Players, an amateur English language theatre group.  A few years later he initiated a series, twice per year, called Poetry and Jazz which presents original material by actors and supplemented by music.


     When John Millar, a Kiwi of human form, reached the advanced age of 10, he noticed how important clarinet players at the back of the school orchestra looked, fiddling with their reeds.  For the last 36 years, John himself has been fiddling with reeds, attempting to become a vehicle for the elusive sound that signifies the dissolution of our egotistic idiocy into the overwhelming actuality of reality.  Naturally, the group experience is more supportive of such an endeavour, and to this end John considers himself lucky enough to play with a number of groups in Helsinki.  In recent years, John has performed with the Finn-Brit Players in Poetry and Jazz.  In this context and in a new musical experiment called Koma, John has started to formally compose music, although he is better known for improvising ‘in the moment’ which allows harmony and order to emerge out of chaos.