Tatu Rönkkö

Performance: I Play Your Kitchen

Kitchens are usually thought of as familiar everyday spaces, indulging our sense of smell and taste but not everybody knows the auditory treasures hidden within its niches. Finnish drummer and percussionist Tatu Rönkkö has been exploring and discovering the sounds of different kitchens around the world for the past two years. Without any pre-planning and bringing no additional tools, Rönkkö plays improvised concerts in people’s kitchens using only the objects found in each space as instruments. Kettles, pots, forks, glasses, chop sticks, mixers and pepper mills become musical sources as what catches Rönkkö’s eyes and ears become part of the performance. Audiences have described the experience as “being in the middle of the Chinese Opera” as the boundaries of space, place and location dissolve under Rönkkö’s sonic spells.


Since moving to Berlin in 2013, Finnish percussionist and drummer Tatu Rönkkö has been collaborating with several of the cities artists, including Efterklang, Nils Frahm, Dustin O’Halloran, The Group and Islaja. He is one of the founding members of the well-known Helsinki trio Elifantree and recently formed a new band with members of Efterklang called Liima. Considered as one of Finland’s most innovative percussionists, Rönkkö has worked with many of the country’s jazz stars including Verneri Pohjola, Juhani Aaltonen, Jimi Tenor & Abdissa Assefa.




Photo credit: Johnny Harrington


Date of publication

Tue 5 May 2015