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VILMA JÄÄ

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Ethno pop artist Vilma Jää combines centuries old stories with electronic music. Vilma Jää’s music shifts between acoustic and electronic sounds, combining instruments typical of folk music such as kantele, harmonium and fiddle with synthetic beats as Finno-Ugric tradition flirts with pop aesthetics. In her editorialized feminist music Vilma Jää approaches current topics through history revealing how miserably little the world has changed especially with issues regarding women’s rights. 

 

Vilma Jää is a singer, composer, fiddler and researcher who works in the fields of folk music, pop music and opera and holds a Master of Music. Jää’s folk singing role in Kaija Saariaho’s opera received international acclaim after its premiere last summer. Vilma Jää has introduced Finno-Ugric traditional folk music to hundreds of thousands of Finns with her ethno pop fusion. Her debut single Saatanan saalistaja was voted on Helsingin sanomat’s list of the world’s 100 best songs. It was playing on the radio on the YleX playlist and as radio host Anne Lainto’s song of the week. Her second single Syntymistään sureva got onto Spotify’s popular editorial playlists immediately after its release and has since been playing actively on the radio.

 

 

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Vilma Jää is a singer, composer and fiddler who sings on gloomy topics such as anger, grief and revenge. Jää combines Finno-Ugric folk tradition, electronic music and pop in her music. Traditional acoustic instruments from kantele to hurdy-gurdy blend into synthetically produced beats, with the Finno-Ugric singing tradition flirting with pop aesthetics. Vilma Jää rose to international fame after the award-winning composer Kaija Saariaho chose her for a prominent role in the opera Innocence. With her own debut single released last November, Saatanan saalistaja, Jää quickly became one of the most exciting new artists in Finland.

 

 

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Vilma Jää’s music shifts between acoustic and electronic sounds, combining instruments typical of folk music with synthetic beats as Finno-Ugric singing tradition flirts with pop aesthetics.

 

Vilma Jää creates her solo music together with producer-composer Mikko Renfors. She performs with Mimi Kantola (live electronics). Vilma Jää rose to fame after the premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s newest opera in France last summer and acclaimed reviews and big profile articles e.g. Helsingin sanomat wrote about her. Vilma Jää has released two singles, Saatanan saalistaja and Syntymistään sureva.