Steve Riihikoski

Steve Riihikoski | Washed Ashore: A Musical Soundscape

Hey Everybody!  Please go and check out Steve Riihikoski!  An amazing musician with a musical background that was a major part of Portland, Oregon musical history and beyond.  His new Cd “Washed Ashore, a Musical Landscape” is a really relaxing & inspiring audio experience.  I highly recommend it.  “Steve Riihikoski (AKA Steve Koski, pre-2000) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. Primarily a guitarist and veteran of several Pacific Northwest rock and jazz groups since 1966 (see links: The Warloks and Notary Sojac), his bands appeared in concert with various headliner acts including The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Country Joe and the Fish, Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, The Grateful Dead, The Carpenters, Larry Coryell, Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt. Later collaborations in multimedia/music projects: Ken Butler’s Hybrid Antics, soundtracks for Jim Blashfield’s films and videos, Oslund & Co./Dance and others.

Steve is also a public school music educator (30 years). In 2017 he collaborated with an arts educator and colleague, Angela Haseltine Pozzi, founder and lead artist of Washed Ashore (, composing and recording his musical “soundscape” for Washed Ashore. This traveling installation/art project involves dozens of sculptures of marine life creatures and environments, created by using plastic trash and other debris collected from ocean beaches. Several touring Washed Ashore installations at a time are exhibited at museums and aquariums around the country. Steve Riihikoski’s “Washed Ashore: A Musical Soundscape” is designed as a sound counterpoint to the Washed Ashore project. Using digital keyboard, guitar, Japanese koto, percussion and audio effects, this musical experience portrays various sea creatures and “scenes” of the ocean realm, from ocean depths to the seashore and tide pools. Orchestral, ambient and evocative, the soundscape is dedicated to supporting marine ecology and awareness of the hazards of ocean pollution by plastic debris. This music will surely resonate with listeners whose hearts and minds are in tune with Earth’s oceans.”