Aino Peltomaa, vocals, medieval harp, percussion
Ilkka Heinonen, jouhikko, vocals, percussion, electronics
Juho Myllylä, recorder, vocals, electronics
Ensemble Gamut! has created a unique sound by combining elements of medieval music, Finnish folk tunes, improvisation and electronic soundscapes. The band name references Guido d’Arezzo’s medieval music theory system, the gamut, while also meaning “the whole series of recognised musical notes”. Kamut in Finnish refers to folk music, as well as friendship. The ensemble released its first album, UT, in December 2020. It landed on YLE’s list of the best art music records and received an award from the Finnish Early Music Association. Their second album, RE, will be released by Eclipse Music on 25 November 2022.
In its Lapsed caick laolacatt! programme, Ensemble Gamut! examines the earliest surviving music from Finland, including written music from the time of Saint Henry, Bishop of Finland, from the Cantus Sororum of the Bridgettine Sisters of Naantali and from the Piae Cantiones collected by the Cathedral School of Turku, as well as historical oral poetry. Put together, these early sources, the ensemble’s improvisation and electronic soundscapes form a historically inspired yet modern entity.
Auli Särkiö-Pitkänen / Rondo
“Ensemble Gamut! approaches early music in a way that is entirely unique on Finland’s early music scene.”