Solju

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.

Solju Marja Helander

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.

Solju soundscape ranges from the expansive wilderness of the tundra to the most intimate lávvu fireplace. The music can be described as vivacious, colourful, earthy, ethereal, and genuine.

Solju’s debut album Ođđa Áigodat (New Times) is produced by Samuli Laiho and Teho Majamäki, mixed by Riku Mattila and featured by Czech National Symphony Orchestra – strings, Paavo Lötjönen – cello, Mikko Neuvonen – throat singing and Janne Puurtinen – synth bass, synth. The album consists of self­penned material and was released on 25th of April 2018 by a Finnish record label Bafe’s Factory.

Digital EPOđđa Áigodat (New Times) and Heargevuoddji (Reindeer Driver) -songs was released on 6th of February 2018, the Sami National Day. The Sami National Day is celebrated in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia, the four countries where the indigenous Saami people live today.

Solju live performances:

Hildá Länsman – vocals, yoik
Ulla Pirttijärvi – vocals, yoik
Teho Majamäki – percussions
Janne Puurtinen – keyboards

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Concerts

2018

25.4.2018 ALBUM RELEASE, G Livelab, Helsinki, Finland
16.5.2018 Cirko, Helsinki, Finland
19.5.2018 Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
30.6.2018 Haapavesi Folk Music Festival, Haapavesi, Finland
14.7.2018 Riddu Riđđu Festival, Samuelsberg, Norway
25.7.2018 Inariviikot, Inari, Finland
17.8.2018 Ijahis Idja, Inari, Finland
22.8.2018 Private, Kilpisjärvi, Finland
23.8.2018 Etno-Espa, Night of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland
11.9.2018 Mäntyharjun kulttuurisali, Mäntyharju, Finland
12.9.2018 Perinnearkkuklubi, Kapsäkki Restaurant, Helsinki, Finland
13.9.2018 Rahvaanmusiikin kerho, Tampere, Finland
14.9.2018 Hotel-Restaurant Alma, Seinäjoki, Finland
15.9.2018 Kokkola, Finland
29.9.2018 Sofia Bistro, Helsinki, Finland
8.-9.11.2018 Folkelarm, Oslo, Norway
5.12.2018 The grand opening of Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Helsinki, Finland

2019

6.4.2019 JuuriJuhla – RotFest, Finnish Nature Center Haltia, Espoo, Finland

2017

17.12.2017, Lallukka Artists’ Home, Helsinki, Finland