Band

“Having made impressive performances at WOMEX and Budapest RITMO, they are a real discovery.”
Simon Broughton, Songlines, UK

“It is rare to witness such an unashamedly fresh take on the folk tradition.”  
Balázs Weyer, Hangvetö, Hungary

Tuuletar’s new album “Rajatila” (Borderline) (Bafe’s Factory) will be released in May 2019.

TUULETAR (“Goddess of The Wind” in Finnish mythology) is a vocal performance group, consisting of four diverse women from Finland. Since 2012 these vibrant musicians have been singing, composing and performing together, creating their own and unique sound and identity. Tuuletar is taking Finnish musical tradition abroad with a novel approach. The band’s singers create a vivid sonic landscape, where beatbox rhythms meet Finnish folk tradition and global influences. With their freshly invigorating original music, they are pioneering the genre of Vocal Folk Hop, enchanting audiences globally with their heartfelt, tribal and captivating spirit.

Tuuletar released their debut album “Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal” (On Fire and Earth, In Water and Sky) in June 2016. The album received raging reviews and has been playlisted on radio shows all around the world. In February 2017 the album won the prestigious Finnish EMMA award (the Finnish equivalent to the Grammy Award) for the best ethno album of the year. Now in January 2019 Tuuletar won the price for the Border Breaking Act of the Year in the Finnish Ethno-gala. A year earlier Tuuletar was nominated as the Folk Music Singer/Songwriter of the Year 2017.

In 2017, Tuuletar’s song “Alku” (from the album Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal) was sold for the HBO hit tv-show Game of Thrones. The same song was also featured in Australian tv-serie Wentworth (FOX) earlier the same year.

During the recent years, Tuuletar has been actively performing all around the world, doing three major Asian tours, in Japan December 2016 (Plankton), in Taiwan October 2017 (Taiwan Choral Music Center) and in India February 2018 (Banglanatak dot com). They’ve been performing at both Finnish and European festivals such as WOMAD UK 2018, Songlines Encounters 2018, Sur Jahan India 2018, Etno Krakow 2018, Buskers Bern in Switzerland 2018, Budapest Ritmo Festival 2016 and 2018, Hannover A Cappella Festival 2017, Kaustinen Folk Music Festival 2017 and 2018, Haapavesi Folk Music Festival 2017, Vaasa Choir Festival 2017, Nordischer Klang Festival 2017, Bardentreffen Festival 2017, to name a few. Tuuletar gave an exclusive radio concert in WOMEX 2016 for the EBU LIVE SESSIONS, hosted by NRK and BBC.

LIVE in WOMAD (UK) 2018 © Aziz El Nur
LIVE in WOMAD (UK) 2018 © Aziz El Nur

 

Venla Ilona Blom, photo: Rob Dominis
Venla Ilona Blom, photo: Rob Dominis

Venla Ilona Blom

beatboxing and vocals

 

Sini Koskelainen

vocals

 

Johanna Kyykoski

vocals

 

Piia Säilynoja

vocals