© Jimmy Träskelin
Folk band Thalamus is publishing an album this summer and as a part of publishing tour will travel from Finland to Belgium in July, performing both at the Zilleghem Folk Festival and in Ninove.
Thalamus has enriched the Finnish folk music scene for almost two decades. Their diverse combination of tunes, both traditional and composed, originates from and gets influenced by the music of different parts of Europe, the Americas and the Northern Africa. In addition to the melodies themselves, Thalamus has always put a great effort on the arrangements as well, in order to make it interesting and often surprising for the audience too.
Thalamus was founded in 1997, when four young folk music lovers got together and wanted to have fun. Little by little they started to make and play their own compositions, and were soon touring in Finland. In 1999, they won the Finnish Championship in folk music. Soon after that Thalamus became well known among young folk bands in Finland. Their first and so far only album was published in 2001. This summer, Thalamus is publishing their first full length album, titled Merenia.
Riku Elomaa: 2- and 5-row accordion
Elina Lappalainen: double bass
Henrik Norri: bouzouki
Pauliina Pajala: 5-string fiddle
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux supports the performance as part of the TelepART internationalisation programme.