BANDS / PROJECTS
TUULETAR, is an internationally successful EMMA award-winning a cappella band. Since 2012, these vibrant musicians have sung, composed and performed together, creating their own and unique voice and identity. The band's singers create a living soundscape where art pop and beatbox rhythms meet Finnish folklore and global influences.
The band has toured in more than 20 different countries at events such as Lost in Music (FI), WOMAD (AUS, NZ, UK), WOMEX (FI & ES), Sur Jahan (IND), Etno Krakow (PL), RITMO (HU), ViruFolk (EE) and Taiwan A Cappella Festival.
The band was awarded 'The Border Breaking Act of the Year' prize at the Finnish Ethnogala in 2019, was a nominee for 'Folk Music Creator of The Year' in 2019 (Ethnogala, FI) and won Silver and Audience Favorite Award in the pop category at the prestigious Vokal.Total a cappella competition in Graz (AUT) in 2015.
In 2017, Tuuletar's song 'Alku' (from the album Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal) was sold on HBO's most popular TV series Game of Thrones. The same song was also heard on the Australian TV series Wentworth (FOX) earlier that year.
Kajos is a strong duo of Sini Koskelainen and Susanna Syrjäläinen, where Nordic and South Asian echoes, influences from classical music, meditative, spatial soundscapes and rooted rhythms form their own kind of ambience.
The band uses a variety of instruments such as human voice, cello, Turkish Cura string instrument, Armenian duduk woodwind, drum and koshi wind chimes, and builds a layered music with a loopstation.
Flow into the Earth - Live Mantra with Yoga (2019)
Mari Sainio is a Finnish composer and music producer. She makes music for theater plays, movies, classical music groups and her own projects.
In the summer of 2017, her EP ‘Tales’ was released (published by Ranka Kustannus), which was well received by the public and critics. Her debut album ‘Minus 25’ was released in August 2018. In her music, Sainio combines elements of classical music with film melodies, electronic soundscapes and post-rock pathos.
Sini Koskelainen is the singer of the live ensemble and can be heard also on her albums.
In 2018, I was involved in a collective performing art project called Kinahmi (a great vortex in the ocean), convened by Jussi Salminen. Our team included Musicians, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Dancer, Costume Designer and Actors. For six months, we studied shamanism, mythology, and psychophysical practices and worked in a variety of environments: caves, forests, a theater studio, a sauna, and ruins. Based on this, we created a performance.
The performance was part of Salminen's final work on Theatre Academy MAECP (Master of Ecology and Contemporary Performance) line. Partners: Tom Lönnqvist, Aino Simola, Noora Kauppila, Mikko Heikinpoika, Saila Pönkänen, Tero Aalto.
In 2016, I worked as a voice actor and singer for artist Petronella Grahn, the creator of the Pomenia concept, a fabulous world of magic.
The embedded video contains an aloud reading of a storybook called ‘Fairy Magic Dust’ in which I act as a reader. (The recording is an uncut demo, recorded in one shot)