Aino Peltomaa is a Finnish singer and musician, performing widely with medieval, renaissance, and contemporary music. Peltomaa collaborates actively with musicians and artist from different genres and performs regularly in Finland and abroad. Her innovative projects combine elements from early music, folk music and jazz, visual arts, dance and multimedia. Peltomaa performs with choirs and ensembles and has collaborated with internationally renowned conductors and artists. Her recent albums Harmony of the Spheres, Audivi Vocem, and O Virgo were warmly welcomed. Peltomaa is actively asked to work with choirs and her vocal arrangements have been performed e.g by Emma Salokoski Voices. In 2018, she directed and performed Ordo Virtutum by Hildegard von Bingen with Kaari Ensemble. Besides Ensemble Gamut!, Peltomaa leads Harmony of the Spheres, combining electroacoustic planetary soundscapes with Hildegard von Bingen’s chants, and is a part of Trio Sufira, Vocal ensemble Versio, Fiamma Nova, duo Peltomaa/Wouters and Circling. She also teaches and holds retreats that combine Gregorian chant, meditation and yoga.
Ilkka Heinonen is a Helsinki based musician and a composer playing jouhikko (finnish bowed lyre), double bass and G-violone. Heinonen is specialized in North European traditional music cultures, but also working with early music, contemporary music and dance projects. Heinonen has been expanding the limits of jouhikko and has performed as a soloist with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Caput Ensemble (IS), Uusinta and Avanti chamber orchestras. After a showcase in WOMEX 2014 Ilkka Heinonen Trio has been collecting praising reviews with their boundary-breaking debut album Savu. He’s a member of jouhikko quartet Jouhiorkesteri (WOMEX 2008) and playing in duos with Karoliina Kantelinen (Värttinä), Pekko Käppi and flamenco guitarist Joonas Widenius.
As a double bass player Heinonen is a member of Scandinavian music influenced ensembles Ruuti, Ánnámáret Ensemble and Kirjava lintu, Eastern European folk music influenced bands Freilach mit Kneidlach and Teija Niku & Grupa Balkan to name a few.
In recent years Heinonen has been discovering the possibilities of G-violone (double bass viol) as a bridge between folk music and early music contexts. Heinonen has composed music for contemporary dance performances as a violone and double bass player and also worked with many baroque ensembles, such as Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Nylandia.
Heinonen is teaching jouhikko and double bass in Sibelius-Academy and started his post graduation studies in SibA MuTri Doctoral School in 2015.
Juho Myllylä is a recorder player, guitarist, singer and songwriter. He studied
recorders at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Jorge Isaac, where he graduated (BMus) in 2018,
and will continue to pursue a specialized master’s degree.
Recent highlights of Juho’s musical landscape include working with the world-renowned
renaissance recorder ensemble The Royal Wind Music, a solo performance at the prestigious
Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as performing and crossover-collaborating with Ugly Pug,
an ensemble devoted to the performance of new music on period instruments. Juho is the
winner of the Nordic and Baltic EAR-ly 2016 early music competition, which as a result brought
along an invitation to give concerts in NORDEM’s member festivals during the season
2017/2018 with the ensemble Contactus.
Juho strives for open-minded musicianship across styles and versatility regardless of imposed
genre classifications. He feels passionate about earlier repertoire – medieval and renaissance
music, yet is especially interested in the recorders’ countless possibilities in the fields of
contemporary music, jazz, fusion, rock, prog, experimental, electro-acoustic and live electronic music. Besides recorder playing Juho is active as a rock musician; he is the guitarist-singer-
songwriter for the progressive alternative rock band Burntfield, whose debut album Hereafter was released in May 2018.
Harpsichordist Marianna Henriksson graduated from Sibelius Academy, Helsinki and Universität der Künste, Berlin. She performs in Finland and all over Europe as a soloist and as a member of many different ensembles, among others with Les Ambassadeurs (France), Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (Finland), KORE Baroque Orchestra (Poland) and Barocco Boreale (Finland). She was chosen as the harpsichordist of European Union Baroque Orchestra for the seasons 2013-14, and during that period she performed in most of European countries with renowned conductors. She takes a special interest in interdisciplinary collaboration: Until now she has eg. recorded Finnish folk music on the harpsichord, taken part in a Breakdance show world tour performing J. S. Bach, performed as a musician in numerous contemporary dance productions, taken part in opera productions from Monteverdi via Stravinsky to Saariaho, and premiered new Finnish music for the harpsichord. Henriksson´s debut solo recording Frammenti del discorso amoroso – 17th century Italian harpsichord music – was released on Sibarecords/Naxos in April 2018.