Solju is formed by Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman, who combine their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as yoik, with a desire for new and innovative music. Solju provides a dialogue of traditional and modern Sámi culture. Solju is proud of their indigenous roots and want to show it to the world.
Sámi culture and identity lie at the heart of the music, reflecting mythology and aspects of the traditional lifestyles of their homeland. The listener is taken to the far north of Europe: Sápmi.
With his band Vassvik the circumpolar soundpoet Torgeir Vassvik provides you with a fresh kick from the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Whether you listen to him in Norway, Canada, Japan or Malaysia, you get mesmerized by his new vision of animistic Joik, the vocal art of the Sami indigenous people of Northern Europe.
With magical energy the Nordic vocalist, musician and composer Torgeir Vassvik takes a unique approach to the archaic, trancelike Joik of his people, the Coastal Sami. The Oslo based soundscape artist stems from Gamvik in the Northernmost tip of the European mainland. His voice, like a mirror of the landscape, is a rare, raw jewel with facets full of beauty. Joik has inspired the Sami musician since childhood. But he also grew up with the mandolin music of his father and played in several Indie Rock groups. Undertaking cool sound experiments he updates animistic vocal tradition and percussion rituals for the 21st century.
Mirja Palo is a singer and musician from Norrbotten, Sweden, who brings many colourful expressions to her musical pallet. With the Finnish folk music instrument kantele, her voice, and an electronic loop pedal she creates new music from the depths of tradition; music that comes to life in the moment and at the very place where it’s being performed. Stemming from the Norrbottnian folk song tradition and influenced by Finno-Ugrian expressions, poetry, and spoken word, Mirja explores her own notion of the Norrbottnian soul, and questions humanity’s somewhat distanced relationship to nature.
The material consists of new arrangements of traditional music and lyrics from the Torne Valley, Sápmi, and Finland. Mirja finds inspiration in everything from the rippling creeks in the mountains and cold winter nights, to the uneven gravel roads of the northern countryside. When the soul is given free rain, it can mirror everything from joy and humour, to difficult emotions like grief, anger, and the sense of despair for what happens when nature is exploited and the places we love disappear.
Hivshu was raised in to the traditional life of Inughuit in the northernmost settlement in the world, world, Siorapaluk, 60 km north of the village Qaanaaq, Greenland, 1300 km’s (800 miles) from the North Pole. He comes from an old line of hunters and shamans and a keeper of native Arctic Inughuit heritage,native ancient stories & songs. He is a celebrated narrator and life guide and drumsinger throughout Europe that captivates his audience as he is a charismatic, fantastic and unique narrator and drumsinger. He talks about his people and the indigenous Inughuitic wisdom, about their lives, traditions and culture through the old stories and how it is used to understand the world. You can read more about him at www.hivshu.com
- Mirja Palo