Risto Oikarinen was born in 1978 in Kajaani, northern Finland. He has studied saxophone playing at the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory and graduated from the University of Helsinki, majoring in Philosophy of Religion. Myth and everyday life, both spiritual and secular are interrelated and equal themes in Oikarinen’s rhythmical and distinctive poems. When performing, Oikarinen often combines his reciting with free and meditative saxophone improvisations. He has been performing at various literature festivals around Europe.