Absorbing Finnish a Cappella

Tuuletar – Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal (Bafe’s Factory, 2016)

An exquisite a cappella album by Finnish quartet Tuuletar. The all-female ensemble sings original compositions inspired by classical music, Finnish folk music, pop and electronics. Even though I mentioned electronics, the quartet doesn’t use electronics. Instead, one of Tuuletar’s members performs the beat box, the vocal emulation of a drum machine.

Even though the four members of Tuuletar are Finnish, they met at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. The four artists became friends and created one of the most fascinating a cappella ensembles in the current international scene. Their sound has elements of tradition, but they also sound fresh and contemporary, with gorgeous Finnish-style harmonies that world music fans love, and the beatbox that makes Tuuletar’s music very appealing to younger generations.

Members include Venla Ilona Blom on vocals and beatbox, Sini Koskelainen on vocals, Johanna Kyykoski on vocals, and Piia Säilynoja on vocals.

The ensemble’s album is titled “Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal” (On Fire and Earth, in Water and Sky) that refers to the four elements and their common resonance.
“Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal” was recorded in the United States in a studio specialized in a cappella recordings. The result is a splendid, state of the art vocal recording by four very talented young musicians.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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