SUO

The music of SUO (meaning the Marshland) reaches deep into the landscape of archaic Finnish runosinging: the rich language of kalevala poetry, the fascinating myths and spells, and the ageless flow of kantele music.

Interpreted by this skilful trio, this neglected music becomes alive once more and is injected straight into the listener’s spine: the energetic guitar of Roope Aarnio, the nimble fiddle of Emilia Lajunen and powerful voice of Veera Voima takes the listener on an unforgettable journey.The other elements adding to the unique sound of SUO are 16th century nyckelharpa, 15-string kantele, shaman drum and shakers, low whistle and overtone flute, and rich 3-voice harmonies. The thousand year old kalevala-poetry is brought into the present day with musical influences from other genres and cultures – like folk music has always done. SUO’s music bears traces of genres as diverse as Balkan, Scandinavian, Irish and heavy metal music with a pop sensibility. SUO was founded in the year 2004, and all members are graduates of the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department.