Maria says: "I composed this tune after a great vacation in Rumania,Transylvania, last summer,and Oradea is a name of one of these Transylvanian villages. We had a chance to visit a great folk-music festival in Rumania and also we heard great Gipsy street musicians. These musicians gave [me] inspiration for this tune. I think it is possible to hear some Balkan influences mixed with the Arctic; sunny and cold influences?! Timo plays piano and I use the free-bass accordion in this tune. - Terveisin, Maria"
Read an interview. (2001)
Timo Alakotila appears on most of Maria Kalaniemi's recordings. Heperforms with JPP and was part of a unique duet project with bassist Pekka Lehti called Outo Voima. Timo was featured in last year's festival in a duet with Karen Tweed. Their new recording, May Monday.