Timo Tolkki: Updates On His South American Seminar Tour…
Timo Tolkki has just completed his three week ‘Masterclass Seminar’ tour in Brazil. The seminar, titled ‘Guitar And Music Beyond Infinity’, is a music seminar developed by Tolkki himself. It concentrates on many things in music that Timo has experienced over his 20-year career. The seminar included him playing some of his classic songs, introduction of techniques, discussion into the deeper side of music, advice for starting musicians and example of what to do/what not to do for landing a record deal.
Now that Timo has returned to his home in Finland, he has taken the time to update everyone on his tour. According to his blog on MySpace, he writes:
“Now, having been at home for a week, I start getting some perspective to the seminar tour in South America.
“Due to several, shall I say plane arrangements, I finally arrived to the Helsinki airport via Frankfurt at 17:30 on the Xmas day (December 24) wearing a t-shirt. I forgot my jacket to the luggage and raised a lot of eyebrows in -20 celsius temperature. When I left Sao Paulo, the temperature was +34 celsius so it was bit of a shock.
“Overall, I traveled almost 100,000 km, albeit mostly by plane but also by a bus and an ass. It was heavy, but it was rewarding. The thing I feared the most was the heat and I did encounter temperatures like +42 celsius. But I did get used to that in less than three weeks.
“I went to cities that I have never been in Brazil, 17 in total and it is fair to say that I saw more Brazil than most of Brazilians ever will. Since I don’t drink anymore I also had time to actually see something else than the airport, hotel and the venue. I saw places that were so amazing that I really have no words to describe them. The waterfalls in Foz Do Iguacu were one of them. It is one of the new seven wonders of the world.
“Of course, I saw also Paraguay, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador. All countries rich in tradition and culture. I enjoyed them all very much.
“One thing that touched me the most was the connectedness of the people. How they greet their friends and how they say goodbye. Coming from a Finnish Lutheran atmosphere that is not always handled the same way here. Nokia-disconnecting people 🙂
“While in Rome, do as the Romans applies to South America more than anything and if you didn’t go there before, you might be in for a surprise.
“The seminars were nice and people seemed to enjoy them. Sometimes they were advertised as normal rock concerts, which was not so nice, but these things happen.
“I met amazing people in the seminars, before and after. Heard lot of amazing really touching stories. Those who were there know by now that one of the main things of the seminar was communication and emotions. I think I delivered my message and what I wanted to share.
“I am sorry about the cancellations of the three seminars in Chile. The promoter cancelled them on the very day I landed to South America based on a claim that ‘there was no music in my seminars,’ which is, of course, an excuse. I also heard some of the people did not get their money back from the tickets they bought. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org about this with your information.”