Solju - Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman, combine their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as yoik, with a desire for new and innovative music, providing a dialogue of traditional and modern Sámi culture. They're proud of their indigenous roots and want to show it to the world!
Sámi culture and identity lie at the heart of the music, reflecting mythology and aspects of the traditional lifestyles of their homeland, taking the listener to the far north of Europe: Sápmi. Their soundscape ranges from the expansive wilderness of the tundra to the most intimate lávvu fireplace.
How do this dainty duo describe themselves in five words? Vivacious, colourful, earthy, ethereal, and genuine.
Debut album "Ođđa Áigodat" (New Times) has been released April 2018.
Pirttijärvi has long been on the most distinctive and celebrated voices in joik. On Ođđa Áigodat (New Times), she shows off all of her familiar qualities, while Länsman emerges as one of Sámi music's brightes new talents."
- Merlin Driver, Songlines (UK), August 2018
"Odda Áigodat is a mesmerizing, groundbreaking album rooted in Sami traditions."
- Angel Romero, World Music Central (USA), 27.7.2018
AWARD (5.9.2019) The Finnish Music Publishers Association, genre-free category, Vuoden etnotekijä.
Ulla Pirttijärvi and Hildá Länsman, Songwriters of Solju: Ođđa Áigodat (New Times)
The award was chosen and given by journalist Maria Veitola.