Ulla Pirttijärvi is one of the most significant Sámi artists, born in the village of Angeli, Finland. She began her career in Angelin Tytöt. Ulla founded the band Ulla Pirttijärvi & Ulda and performed with Frode Fjellheim, Snorre Bjerck, and Wimme Saari among others.
Ulla and her daughter Hilda Länsman created the group Solju in 2015 and they participated in Finland’s Uuden musiikin kilpailu (Finnish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest) with the song “Hold Your Colours”.
Ulla Pirttijärvi and Hilda Länsman won The Finnish Music Publishers Association, genre-free category, Vuoden etnotekijä as songwriters of Solju: Ođđa Áigodat.
Solju also won the Folk Music Creator of the Year award at Finnish Ethnogala 2019 and The Indigenous Music Awards (IMA) Canada for the Best International Indigenous Release in 2019: Solju: Odda Áigodat .
Odda Áigodat (Bafe’s Factory, 2018) by Solju is the winner of the The Indigenous Music Awards (IMA) – the Best International Indigenous Release 2019. The award was given by Manito Ahbee Festival May 17th, 2019.
Solju includes Ulla Pirttijärvi and Hildá Länsman, who were the first Sámi artists nominated for the awards.
The Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates Indigenous arts, culture, and music in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The 14th annual festival will be held May 15-19, 2019 and feature the Indigenous Music Awards, Manito Ahbee Pow Wow, Indigenous Music Conference, Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, Getting Jiggy With It, Art Challenge, and Youth Education Day.
Solju is a Finnish group led by Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman and her daughter Hilda Länsman. They are Sámi musicians from Utsjoki, Lapland, which is the northernmost municipality in Finland.
Ulla and Hilda bring together their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as yoik, with a desire for new and innovative music, providing a dialogue of traditional and modern Sámi culture.
Solju’s debut album “Odda Áigodat” (New Times) was released in April 2018. In May 2019, Ođđa Áigodat won an award in Canada, The Indigenous Music Awards (IMA) – Best International Indigenous Release 2019.
Hildá Länsman is also a member of Finnish duo VILDÁ, featuring accordionist Viivi Maria Saarenkylä.
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Solju is an innovative Sami music project led Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman. The two women have developed a captivating mix of northern Sámi traditions with contemporary, cutting edge music. Solju uses the Sami traditional chant called yoik.
The arrangements feature delightful contemporary classical strings, delightful synth layers, electronic beats, shamanic drums, a wide-range of acoustic percussion and innovative instruments like the hang drum and throat singing.
The lineup on Odda Áigodat includes Hildá Länsman on vocals, yoik; Ulla Pirttijärvi on vocals, yoik; Teho Majamäki on percussion; Janne Puurtinen on keyboards. Guests featured: Czech National Symphony Orchestra strings, Paavo Lötjönen on cello, Mikko Neuvonen on throat singing and Janne Puurtinen on synth bass and synthesizer.
Odda Áigodat is a mesmerizing, groundbreaking album rooted in Sami traditions.