Suunta combines experimental improvised and composed music in an exciting new collaboration of three musician-explorers of world music. Ancient and modern traditional instruments and the limitless possibilities of the human voice create the completely new sound of Suunta ensemble. The versality of the kanteles blends in with the ancient tones of archaic woodwinds and global percussion, giving room for the imaginative improvisation to shape sounds of serene landscapes and furious turmoil. There is a fair amount of traditional and folk music nuances to be found in the music, implicating the musicians’ deep knowledge of the Finnish and Finno-Ugric traditions and creating a soundscape of free ethno avant garde with utmost respect to the roots.
The three musicians Timo Väänänen, Anna-Kaisa Liedes and Kristiina Ilmonen all have a long and extensive experience in the Finnish folk and world music scene in various projects, ensembles and solo work ranging from traditional folk music to avant garde expression. They have separately made prominent careers as performers, composers and pedagogues and are now pursuing their new collaboration Suunta since 2008.
Suunta: Anna-Kaisa Liedes: voice, vocals, kantele, Timo Väänänen: kanteles, (live electronics) and Kristiina Ilmonen: ethnic wind instruments, percussion, voice