ValtaajaEPTuuletar has released a new EP “Valtaaja / Invader”

This EP is the latest collaboration with an American production company, Liquid 5th Productions. The release features three songs: a new single “Valtaaja (Invader)” and two commissioned compositions “Elda” and “La Fôret Vide”. The title song “Valtaaja” is the first release from Tuuletar’s collaboration with their new Artistic Producer Pekko Käppi. The name “Invader” refers to an unexpected visitor, who forcefully takes over one’s soul, heart and mind. All three songs are original compositions by Tuuletar.

The EP is now available on Spotify, iTunes and all digital platforms.

Tuuletar won the prize for the Border Breaking Act of the Year.

At the annual Finnish Ethno gala, Music Finland presented the Border Breaking Act of the Year award – along with six other highly coveted awards given out to leading figures in folk music, world music and folk dance during the evening. The Border Breaking Act of the Year is awarded yearly to an act that has aroused interest in the international music field and demonstrated export-readiness.  Simon Broughton, the editor-in-chief of Songlines magasine described the winners as following:

“The female a cappella quartet were chosen for the quality and originality of their music. They are drawing on Finnish traditions in a new and innovative way, but they were also selected because they are absolutely export ready. Indeed they’ve already performed in many countries in Europe (including Germany, Hungary and the UK) and as far as India and Japan. They’ve also had their song ‘Alku’ used in the fantasy TV megahit, Game of Thrones. Their management team and record label, Bafe’s Factory, are very active and effective in promoting their music. Tuuletar are a young band with great potential and we hope the Ethnogala’s Border Breaking award will help spread their name internationally.”

Winner for the Border Breaking Act of the Year 2019 in Ethnogala © Saku Metsärinne
Winner for the Border Breaking Act of the Year 2019 in Ethnogala © Saku Metsärinne

Tuuletar was also one of the headliner performers at the annual gala, that was broadcasted live by YLE. Link to the performance and the full gala here.

Tuuletar is nominated in the Finnish Ethnogala for the second time in a row. This year the band recieved two nominations in the categories “Boarder Breaking Act of the Year” and “Folk Music Creator of the Year”. Tuuletar is also performing as one of the headliner acts in the gala, which will be held 10th of January 2019 in the legendary Tavastia club in Helsinki. The gala will be broadcasted live in YLE Areena.

 

 

Tuuletar has started the process of making their new album. The album will be recorded during the autumn 2018 and winter 2019 and the release will be in May 2019. Tuuletar continue their cooperation with a Finnish record label Bafe’s Factory who will publish and produce the album world wide. Like the band’s debut album “Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal” (2016), the upcoming album will be mixed and mastered in USA by Liquid5th productions. Tuuletar is also joining forces with a Finnish folk musician, jouhikko player and etnomusicologist Pekko Käppi, who will work as an artistic producer and mentor for the album.

Making of this album has been kindly supported by Music Creators Fund and The Finnish Music Foundation.

The official release is set to May 2019 and will follow with a full international release tour. Bookings and more information about the tour from Saura Booking Agency.

Tuuletar and Pekko Käppi
Tuuletar and Pekko Käppi

Tuuletar is now finished with their three-month-long international summer tour. The tour started in May from Tokyo, Japan and ended in Estonia in August. The tour consisted of several concerts in Japan, Europe and Finland and included many prestigious festivals such as WOMAD UK, Songlines Encounters (UK), Etno Krakow, Festival v ulicich (TS), Buskers Bern (SWT) and Viru Folk (EST). Tuuletar was also headlining several festivals in Finland such as Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, Kihaus Folk, Etno-Espa and Tampere Threatre Festival.

In June Tuuletar had the privilige to perform for the Crown Princess of Sweden on a Swedish National day celebration. In Poland and Czcech Republic Tuuletar toured together with an award-winning Finnish vocalist and kantele player Maija Kauhanen as a substitute singer for Johanna Kyykoski.

Tuuletar performing in Shibuya, Tokyo in May 2018. Picture Petri Artturi Asikainen
Tuuletar performing in Shibuya, Tokyo in May 2018. Picture Petri Artturi Asikainen

Tuuletar is about to give their UK debut this summer. The prestigious Songlines Magazine has invited Tuuletar to perform at their annual Songlines Encounters Festival the 1st of June. Tuuletar will be part of the festival’s “Finnish Friday” which will feature also the Finnish super group Frigg. Tuuletar’s concert is at 9.30PM at Hall Two in King’s Place, London.

Tuuletar will return to UK shortly after their debut as well. The noted WOMAD festival has attached Tuuletar to their lineup for 2018 and the band will hit the festival stage on Saturday the 28th of July in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, UK.

 

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Tuuletar started year 2018 in India. The band was touring in Kolkata and Goa for 3 weeks headlining international Sur Jahan -festival and Goa Bengal Folk Mela -festival. Sur Jahan is an annual festival organized by banglanatak dot com celebrating cultural diversity and integration. Tuuletar joined the festival as a first Finnish group in the festival’s history as well as the first a cappella group. Tuuletar joined the tour together with Cheikh Lô (Senegal), Muzsikas (Hungary), Muzykanci (Poland), Atse Tewodros Project (Italy/Ethiopia) and the local groups and musicians. Tuuletar gave all together two concerts, two workshops and two large concerts with all the headlining artists.

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“Alku”, the opening track from Tuuletar’s debut album “tules maas vedes taivaal” has been sold for the use of one of the most popular tv-series in the whole world, HBO’s Game of Thrones. The song will be heard in the season 7 DVD and Blue-Ray commercial, which will be broadcasted worldwide. The deal was made together with Finnish record label Bafe’s Factory and ThinkSync Music from London.