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Ensemble Gamut! promo shoot 2017 by Henri Melaanvuo
Photo: Henri Melaanvuo

In search of new ways to perform early music.

The Finnish group of musicians, led by Aino Peltomaa is gaining traction on the international music scene. The band combines historical instruments and electronics in an innovative way. They have created their own unique world of sounds using medieval and renaissance music, Finnish folk tunes, improvisation and modern soundscapes. By using electronic effects, looping and the sounds of nature the band creates a truly unique blend.

On 4 December 2020 the band released their debut album which, in addition to contemporary electronics, includes such instruments as harp, harpsichord, G-violone, tenor viol and blockflutes.

”The name of our oven fresh first album is UT. It refers to being outside or without something or someone. In addition, ”ut” is the first note of the medieval music theory system, Gamut (ut, re, mi, fa, so, la)”, says the band’s vocalist Aino Peltomaa.

Ensemble Gamut’s music flows naturally between classical music, folk music and popular music inviting the listener to a journey through the centuries. A unique groove for the record is created by the rare Paetzold contrabass blockflute, which is contrasted by Peltomaa’s bright singing voice, the archaic stringed instrument jouhikko and the prepared harpsichord.

”I’ve chosen beautiful and touching melodies and texts for the album from medieval manuscripts. We have then combined them with Finnish folk tunes which present the themes of the same unattainable love and passion, sadness, longing and death”, says Peltomaa.

Ensemble Gamut! has performed extensively from club gigs to museums, medieval churches and concert halls. The band made their Dutch debut in the Ambigu concert series and they have also toured actively in the Finnish early music festival scene including BRQ Vantaa, Janakkala Baroque and the Oulu and Imatra early music festivals.

Members

Aino Peltomaa | voice, medieval harp, percussion
Ilkka Heinonen
| jouhikko (the bowed lyre),
alto jouhikko, G-violone, tenor viol
Juho Myllylä
| blockflutes, electronics
Marianna Henriksson
| harpsichord



Music Videos


Press

Voor mij zit de kracht van het ensemble niet alleen in hun imponerende arsenaal van klanken en vaardigheden, maar zeker ook in het feit dat zij goed weten wanneer stilte het meest spreekt. Zij nemen elke kans om ruimte te geven: de muziek mag ademen. De mooiste momenten zijn introspectief: een luchtige fluittoon, een geloopte stem op de achtergrond.
Sarah Jeffery / Blokfluitist (09/2021)

Taitavien muusikoiden yhteisssoitto on notkeaa ja helponoloista, kun karheat etnorouheudet sulautuvat puhtaasti hiveltäviin äänipintoihin. — Syntyy omaäänistä ja rennolla otteella tehtyä, tässä ajassa valmistunutta perinnemusiikkia.
Aki Yli-Salomäki / YLE (10.02.2021)

The combination is rich and works well. — A pleasant feeling of space has been created in post-production. The mood ranges from meditative to raucous. — Many of the tracks are as catchy as any pop tune.
Riikka Hiltunen / FMQ (05.02.2021)

…deze debuut-cd, waarop de musici optimaal op elkaar zijn ingespeeld, naar elkaar luisteren, subtiel op elkaars spel reageren en gelijkwaardig zijn aan elkaar.
Els van Swol / 8weekly.nl (04.02.2021)

Hieno ja erinomaisella soundimaailmalla varustettu avaus erittäin lupaavalta yhtyeeltä.
Teijo Salminen / Colossus (18.01.2021)

UT is one of the most interesting sounding albums I’ve heard in a long time, and it’s wonderful to hear “obsolete” instruments used to such great effect.
Jon Davis / Exposé Online (02.01.2021)

Ensemble Gamut! lähestyy vanhaa musiikkia tavalla, joka on Suomen vanhan musiikin kentällä aivan omaa luokkaansa. Barokkia ja folkia on täällä toki yhdistelty, ja kentällä on paljon ennakkoluulotonta asennetta, mutta Gamut!in esikoislevyn omaleimainen sointimaailma on jotain vielä enemmän.”
Auli Särkiö-Pitkänen / Rondo (01.01.2021)

The mix of traditional sounds with ancient dance and devotional music, delivered with such love and attention to detail, is a heady brew. Refreshing, soothing, intriguing and enlightening, there’s a wonderful flow through the album in an enthralling and cleansing journey.
Jez Rowden / The Progressive Aspect (13.12.2020)

Debutskivan UT präglas av ett naturligt och avslappnat musicerande.
Tove Djupsjöbacka / Hufvudstadsbladet (2.12.2020)


Contact

Aino Peltomaa / Ensemble Gamut!
info@ensemblegamut.com
+358407569979

Tapio Ylinen / Eclipse Music
ylinen.tapio@gmail.com

Ensemble Gamut! 2020 by Henri Melaanvuo

Photo: Henri Melaanvuo


Vuoden vanhan musiikin teko 2020
Early Music Achievement of the Year 2020

On Early Music Day, 21 March 2021, our album UT was awarded the ‘Vuoden vanhan musiikin teko 2020’ (“Early music achievement of the year 2020”) prize, awarded yearly by Suomen vanhan musiikin liitto Svamuli ry (Finnish Early Music Association).

We’re truly moved by the honor and the beautiful words by Paleface when describing the album in the (Zoom) award ceremony.

[UT] vie kuulijan jonnekin maapallon ajattomalle kiertoradalle, ehkä jopa pidemmälle, kellumaan linnunradan galaktiseen linnunmaitoon, jossa menneisyys ja tulevaisuus ovat yhtä ja samaa – valoa ja pimeää ainetta.

[UT] takes the listener to a timeless orbit of the earth, maybe even beyond that, to float in the galactic nectar of the Milky Way, where the past and the present are one and the same – light and dark matter.

Thank you so much for your continued support and making all this possible!