Split Screen Management has a huge pleasure to announce the signing of Violinist, composer, ethnomusicologist Tuomas Rounakari!
Tuomas Rounakari is a violinist, composer, ethnomusicologist (MA) and an educator from Finland. He has collaborated with artists from different arctic indigenous cultures and has studied shamanism and ritualistic music of northern Eurasia. He is also considered a key figure in revitalizing the near extinct tradition of Finnish-Carelian Lament singing. For the past 9 years Rounakari has been the fiddler of Folk-Metal band Korpiklaani. He is also known as a Shaman-violinist thanks to his solo performance. He is a co-founder of a finnish theatre group Ruska-Ensemble and its musical director. He has done field-work among the Khanty people in Siberia.
Tuomas stated: “Curious to see where this path leads to! Many changes are going on in my life and the future looks promising for my solo career. New album coming out next Spring! And many intriguing projects and collaborations are on their way. None of it is done in the conventional way! Among all the new things arising, as the old world is dying out in front of our eyes, I am most happy to have helping hands around and team up with Split Screen production! Something exciting is surely on its way:-)“
Kimmo Kuusniemi, Split Screen‘s manager adds: “I met Tuomas 6 years ago when we travelling through Russia and Siberia. During the numerous plane, train and automobile sessions we had time to discuss everything under the sun. Despite our very different musical backgrounds we realised we have a lot in common. Somewhere between visiting the Nanai people at the Amur river and the shores of Lake Baikal we decided to work together on my long term project “Ancient Streaming Assembly”. Now I am really happy to see Tuomas joining Split Screen Management. This is a natural progression on our path.“
Furhermore, we are soon about to announce a crowdfunding for the new Tuomas Rounakari solo album, coming out in Spring 2022.
While waiting for it have a look at the Online concert from Kaustinen Folk Music Festival 2020. “Shamanviolin at Pauanne” is a full-length online concert produced by the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival 2020. The concert was filmed at the magical Pauanne where a community of folk musicians and folk healers used to live in the 1980’s. All buildings are fully hand made with many mythological decorations. The place has unfortunately decayed without much needed preservation. This Shamanviolin concert ends with lament melodies in a burnt down sauna. The magic and unique beauty of this place is still strong. A perfect environment for my music.
Watch the official videos from the Tuomas Rounakari official YouTube Channel: