The Finnish Music Publishers Association has awarded Finnish songwriters and composers 7th of September, 2020.
Inka Niemi from NIEMI won the genre-free category, which is this year called “Ambient Music Composer of the Year ”.
Niemi is a mystical combination of lullabies, ambient music, strong imagery and the healing power of nature. Finnish lullaby tradition is hypnotically entwined with elements of electronic music starting a magical journey beyond the reach of space and time.
In live performances, Niemi is accompanied by a band whose music is woven into a magical web by live effects.
Niemi's debut album Spiraalit / Spirals released February 2020 produced by Venla Ilona Blom of Tuuletar.
Lullabies are an age-old way to calm down a child. I’ve always sung and written songs to comfort myself. During my darkest struggles I calmed myself down by singing lullabies. I wanted to escape to a place where anxiety, insomnia, stress, depression and grief couldn’t reach me.
When my father died and I started writing these songs, I asked myself: what comforts me the most? Like many Finns, I’m used to carrying my sorrows to the forest. There, embraced by silence and surrounded by natural wonders, I feel connected with my roots. I find it calming to observe trees in various stages of their growth, death and regrowth. This reveals the fact that we are all entangled with cycles, of all sizes. We are part of a bigger picture, so big that it’s hard to grasp and impossible to control. The lesson taught by the forest is that you can let go. It’s safe to fall asleep.
Inspired by this philosophy, I wrote these songs combining the Finnish lullaby tradition with ambient music elements.
I invite you to find a peaceful spot, lean back, close your eyes and let your flow slow down.
WINNER: The Finnish Music Publishers Association, genre-free category
NOMINATION: The German Record Critics' Award - Longlist 2, 2020, Germany, licensed by Nordic Notes, Folk and Singer Songwriter