Playful and imaginative music with kantele, guitar and voices (often flavored with some looper magic).
Aino & Miihkali is a Finnish, Helsinki based duo, with roots in North Karelia. Their compositions are flavored with fresh improvisation and chiming strings. Interesting rhythm patterns, created with kantele and loop pedal, are often the basis of the arrangements. The songs are commenting and making observations of the world in a colorful way. Skillful playing and singing in voices are giving the final touch to the ensemble.
We are passionate about diverse and surprising sounds.
Many great things in life (and music) seem to happen by chance. Any encounter can change the direction of the flow, especially if you are open to it. Once upon a time in May, two strangers happened to meet. They played petanque, danced, and enjoyed the spring of Northern Karelia, when the sun hardly sets. Sometimes years went by before coincidence brought them back together, while they ventured around the world, looking for their own voices.
We travelled different paths, but had similar interests and ambitions; an innovative grip to our instruments, playful & imaginative musicianship, the past, the future, and how to seize the moment. Our voices are built on encounters, uncontrolled collisions and the most subtle impulses. They got shades from all the places and from all the people we’ve been lucky to play music with.
We started playing together in spring 2017, and in autumn 2019 we released ”Aino & Miihkali”, a whole album of music. This is not a mere coincidence. It has required a lot of determined work, frustration, triumphs, quarrels, commitment, liberation, reinventing ourselves as musicians, finding common ground, single release of ”Siri’s Runaway”, 28 dates of ”Outside the Box” -tour, and consequently the crystallization of the vision. And we keep on growing – open to advancing coincidences.
Thank you MES!
We are honored to receive a recording production grant from MES (Finnish Music Foundation) for our ”Aino & Miihkali” -album, thank you for your support!