Friday, March 1, 2013

Rajaton is Back

Young adulthood is a time for musical exploration. One can experiment with genres and later look back with nostalgia or disbelief at the aural content they used to consume or, as a Choir Girl growing up, my main musical inspiration did not come in the form of rock stars or pop culture trends, but in the form of an a capella sextet named, "Rajaton."

I still remember receiving their piece, "Kaipaava," during a choir rehearsal. My conductor had commissioned Jussi Chydenius, Rajaton's bass, to adapt their mixed-voice version for treble choirs. I felt a searing connection to the brassy folk sound core of their Alto soloist, Soila Sariola, when I heard their recording. To this date, her sound has played a major role in shaping my sound aesthetic and preference. I hear the sonority of their matched vowel and that is what I consider to be full voice singing. Rajaton is not a mass of vibrato-filled voices that form a rippling blend but a seamless and full-coloured ensemble. While they have had many projects in the past such as symphony collaboration to perform works by ABBA and Queen, Rajaton returns to Alberta this weekend to share their specialty: a cappella music.

Rajaton is able to demonstrate such a wide array of performance styles, whether it's a tune from the Beatles where they are embodying the sound of different brass instruments with a quirky spark in their eye or standing, unamplified, at the front of the stage singing a Finnish folk song. This is a concert not to be missed. I will be sitting on my edge of my seat with rapt attention as I finally have the opportunity to hear Rajaton, once again, live in an a cappella concert.

Futhermore, I will be doing social media coverage of their workshop while Rajaton is in Edmonton on March 4, 2013. Follow me on Twitter or check back here for updates.



Sunday, 3 March 2013, 7:30 p.m.
EPCOR CENTRE's Jack Singer Concert Hall
Tickets available through the EPCOR CENTRE Box Office | 403.294.9494
Tickets go on sale Friday, 18 January 2013, 10 a.m.


Monday, 4 March 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Francis Winspear Centre for Music
Tickets go on sale Friday, 18 January 2013, 10 a.m.
Tickets available through the Winspear Centre Box Office | 780-428-1414

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