Trio Peltomaa-Fraanje-Perkola combines the sounds of a human voice, piano, viola da gamba with effects and medieval harp. With versatile backgrounds in early music, jazz, Finnish folk music and contemporary music, the group takes inspiration from medieval music to develop a personal, distinguished sound.
The group dives into the chants of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), Pérotin (1160-1230) and 14th-century pilgrimage songs. Echoes from monasteries, cathedrals, and pilgrimage sites combined with delicate improvisations and original compositions, connect the eras and centuries together and invite the listener to a journey towards peace and tranquility.
The trio is fascinated by the perception of time; how these beautiful medieval melodies and writings speak to us now. How the now is represented in the medieval manuscripts - the moment they were written down - and how the power of now is shaping our improvisations and compositions hundreds of years later.
"Dreamlike cinematic soundscapes, inspired by medieval melodies"
Excerpts from their album ÆR:
Aino Peltomaa is a Finnish singer and musician, performing widely with medieval, renaissance, contemporary music and free improvisation. Peltomaa collaborates actively with musicians and artists 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 and she leads and works in various groups such as Ensemble Gamut!, Harmony of the Spheres, Amor Céu, ´k:amos.
Harmen Fraanje is a Dutch pianist, composer living in Amsterdam. Fraanje leads and co-leads several groups and collaborates regularly with Reijseger Fraanje Sylla, Mats Eilertsen Trio, Trio Fraanje/Soniano/Gouband, Arve Henriksen and also performs solo concerts. Recordings of the projects he’s involved in have been released by eminent labels such as ECM, Winter & Winter, Hubro Music. Fraanje teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
Mikko Perkola is a Finnish viola da gamba-player, composer and singer, performing regularly with e.g. Gramophone-awarded group Phantasm, Concerto Palatino and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. His wide range in music-making includes collaborations with artists from different genres, from early music to multimedia and solo performances of contemporary music with viola da gamba using effects.