Vassvik has transformed traditional joik music from Samiland in Norway. His new
album Gákti focuses on animism, which is a fundamental part of Sami culture.
“The core of the Sámi culture is the animism: everything is connected, everything is alive,” says Torgeir Vassvik.
The ancient meets modernity in “Gákti.” Vassvik’s joik’s are fittingly interlaced with improvised instrumental music, electronic sound design, guitars two types of fiddles. The music crosses the boundaries of traditional world music and avant-garde experimentation.
The album includes personal joiks (a joik dedicated to somebody); celebrations of nature; companionship; love and female power; songs about climate change; songs for those who have left, but still live on; and joiks of the world from the viewpoint of indigenous people.
Personnel: Torgeir Vassvik on joik, guitar, frame drum, igil, birbyné, munnharpe, electronics; Hans P. Kjorstad on violin; Rasmus Kjorstad on octave violin; and Audun Strype on sound design.
On Vildaluodda (Wildprint) Finnish duo VILDÁ offers a contemporary amalgam of Sami transcendent yoiks, shamanic beats and improvisation along with elements from other musical traditions. The human voice and the accordion define the essence of the album. Hildá Länsman (Sámiland, Finland) and Viivi Maria Saarenkylä (Finland) are deeply influenced by the natural world and traditions of northern Finland.
The lineup on Vildaluodda includes Hildá Länsman on vocals, joik, drum; and Viivi Maria Saarenkylä on accordion, backing vocals.
Guests: Niillas Holmberg on backing vocals; Venla Ilona Blom on beatboxing and backing vocals; Mikko Heikinpoika Neuvonen on throat singing and backing vocals; Stiliana Ravelska Tyrkkö on violin, viola; and backing vocals; Christopher Rodulfo on calabash, hand clapping and backing vocals; Nathan Riki Thomson on hand clapping; and Mikko Renfors on programming.
Vildaluodda is a beguiling album that will transport you to Samiland and the northern reaches of Finland.
VILDÁ is a Finnish duo that performs a unique mix of mystical joiks and sounds of the Sami people together with vibrant accordion. VILDÁ includes Hildá Länsman on vocals, joik, frame drum; and Viivi Maria Saarenkylä on accordion and backing vocals.
When Hildá and Viivi listened to each other’s music for the first time, they came up with the idea of combining traditional yoik and accordion.
Hildá Länsman is a rising yoik singer from Utsjoki who has performed at the New Music Competition and at the Helsinki Music House’s great concert arena. She won the Risteys (Crossroads) award for her vocals at Finland’s first Ethno Gala in 2017.
Viivi Maria Saarenkylä is an internationally acclaimed accordion player. She was declared accordionist of the Year in Finland in 2018.
” Arctic fells, frosty winds, wide waters and deep forests. That is our home – the North. For us it is the birthplace of our attitude as well as many memories, a source of inspiration, stories and tradition, a vast play ground full of endless trails to travel. “
Johan Sara Jr. was born in 1963. He is one of the leading artists in the Sami music area. His musical activities range over a wide field. In addition to his work as a performing artist, he composes, arranges and produces music.
He has composed works of great complexity for orchestra, and has been involved in theater, film and television projects. In his performances he combines the traditional joik technique with other musical genres.
His album “Ovcci vuomi ovtta veaiggis” is an experimental fusion of Afro rhythms, jazz, rock and folk music. In another project, Sami joik meets Andalusian flamenco to the accompaniment of Indian tabla.
Sara is devoted to the traditional joik as a travelling partner along the way, and maintains an open mind to other musical forms.
Ovcci vuomi ovtta veaiggis – Nine Valleys in one dusk (DATCD 20, 1995)
Calbmeliiba (DATCD 29, 1999) Boska (DAT, 2003)
Orvos (DAT, 2009) Transmission – Rievdadus (DAT, 2015)
Johan Andreas Andersen was born in 1938. He preserves the traditional music of Unjárga/Nesseby in county Finnmark. He has collected a number of songs and joiks from the Varanger area. The Nesseby songs are more melodic than the songs in the inland regions in Finnmark. They sometimes include long texts, often about nature, animals people.
Andersen learned most of these joiks from his father, Anders Persen, who was a well-known traditional joik singer in Nesseby, but he also composes his own joiks. He has toured several times for the Norwegian Concert Institute, and has participated in various international cultural exchanges and conferences for indigenous peoples.
On his debut CD in 1999, he presented joiks with simple arrangements by Fred Endresen.
Johan A. Andersen has a special ability to imitate the sounds of animals and birds. He has worked as a sailor, hunter, fjord fisherman, cook and Sami handcrafts.
The album Unnengukká viežžak contains traditional songs as well as two originals.
Inga Juuso was born October 5, 1945, in Mosjøen, Norway. She started performing as a singer in 1972, and was one of the most experienced widely acclaimed joik performers in Norway. She mastered the traditional classical joik technique as well as more modern experimental and innovative styles.
Traditional joik operates with a pentatonic (5-note) scale, and Juuso was skilled at varying improvising within this limited range. She toured all over the world and participated in various projects as a singer and actress in the movie The Kautokeino Rebellion.
Throughout her career Inga Juuso recorded with many musicians, including Steinar Raknes, Håkon Mjåset Johansen, and Jørn Øien.