More exceptional beauty from Scandinavia, it’s Finland this time where Ensemble Gamut! offer breathtaking reinterpretations of Finish folk and early music with a modern sheen.” Jez Rowden - The Progressive Aspect, Best progressive albums of 2020
Ensemble Gamut! is a fresh, experimental collective of early music and folk music specialists, who are constantly searching for new ways to perform early music. They combine historical instruments and electronics in an innovative way, and have created their own unique world of sounds using medieval and renaissance music, Finnish folk tunes, improvisation and modern soundscapes.
The name of the ensemble is derived from medieval music theory (Guido of Arezzo), but also means a colour reproduction, a subset of colours. Kamut means “friends” in Finnish, and the word Kamu is also a shorthand way to refer to Finnish folk music (kansanmusiikki). Their debut album, UT was released on 4 December 2020 on Eclipse Music. The title refers to the Swedish word for being outside, going out, or being without someone (utanför), as well as being the first note of the scale. Gamut – Gamma ut!
"UT is one of the most interesting sounding albums I’ve heard in a long time, and it’s wonderful to hear “obsolete” instruments used to such great effect."
Jon Davis / Exposé Online (02.01.2021)
"The mix of traditional sounds with ancient dance and devotional music, delivered with such love and attention to detail, is a heady brew. Refreshing, soothing, intriguing and enlightening, there’s a wonderful flow through the album in an enthralling and cleansing journey."
Jez Rowden / The Progressive Aspect (13.12.2020)
Aino Peltomaa | voice, medieval harp, percussionIlkka Heinonen | jouhikko (the bowed lyre),alto jouhikko, G-violone, tenor violJuho Myllylä | blockflutes, electronicsMarianna Henriksson | virginalStream: Jarmo Romppanen & Taito HoffrenOrganized by the festival Juurijuhla RotFesthttps://juurijuhla.fi/enStream available for 7 days