VILDÁ is an original blend of indigenous Sámi yoiks, grooving rhythms and improvisation – with girly charm. Inspiration has been sought from Sámi people’s strong connection to nature, present-day pop as well as the Finnish folk tradition. The result is a unique dialogue that takes the listener to a fascinating journey to the Sámi land – the vast landscapes under the arctic hills and frosty winds.
VILDÁs debut album Vildaluodda – Wildprint, released in April 2019 by Bafe’s Factory, has already gained great reviews internationally. The band has performed on various occasions from concerts to film screenings and appeared on festival stages in Canada, Spain and Sweden. Later this year VILDÁ will tour in Canada and France and perform at the opening concert of the world music expo WOMEX.
Hildá Länsman – vocals, frame drum
Viivi Maria Saarenkylä – accordion, live effects
Viivi Maria Saarenkylä is one of the most promising young Finnish accordionists. She has been awarded in many renowned competitions such as Castelfidardo and Coupe Mondiale. She has
performed internationally and the many travels can be heard in her music as nuances from different music cultures around the world.
Hildá Länsman was born in a small Sámi village called Ohcejohka in the northernmost municipality of Finland. Having grown up with reindeer husbandry, handicraft (duodji) and a joik (luohti) traditions which spans several generations she connects her background with contemporary world music and academic studies. Hildá is a proud upholder of the Sámi culture and joik-tradition and also a member of Sámi fusion band Solju.
VILDÁ Touring Highlights 2019
WOMEX The World Music Expo, Tampere, Finland
Mundial Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Summerfolk44, Ontario, Canada
Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
First Peoples Festival / Nikamotan – Nicto, Montréal, Canada
World Tango & Accordion Festival, Victoria, Canada
Le Grand Soufflet, France
La Trobada d’Acordionistes del Pirineu d’ Arsèguel, Spain
Nordic Folk Alliance, Sweden
Gothenburg Folk Festival, Sweden
Artforum WithoutBorders, Bulgaria
Oulun Musiikkijuhlat, Finland
The Arctic Celtic Gathering, Finland
Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, Finland
G Livelab, Helsinki, Finland
Juuri Nyt Urban Folk Festival, Helsinki
Pielinen Soi Festival, Finland