Wimme & Rinne

Wimme & Rinne have been travelling through sound and time for almost three decades, bringing the ancient Sámi joiking tradition, invoking the spirits of nature, plants, animals and humans, into contact with modern electronic soundscapes, releasing several essential albums on the way. An Indigenous Sámi from north-west Finland, Wimme Saari began making joiks at a young age, but it wasn’t until 1986, when working in the Finnish radio archives and discovering recordings of his uncle joiking, that the decisive impetus revealed itself. In 1990 he met saxophone and clarinet player Tapani Rinne and with his band RinneRadio they began experimenting with modern joiks. This spawned a continuing collaboration of award-winning ambient experimental music.

Photo: Matti Berg