Teea Aarnio

Musician, multidisciplinary artist

Teea Aarnio

Teea Aarnio’s main inspiration emerges from the northern roots; the connection between history and the present; folklore and nature connection. Teea Aarnio’s work combines methods of musicianship, sound art and performing arts. She is a singer, sound designer, composer, writer, vocalist, performing artist. She worked as a dancer for 10 years.

Sound and art are her ways of engaging in dialogue with the seen and invisible, breathing and creating harmony, finding the right questions of identity and community. She is interested in an transdisciplinary approach and societal issues. Themes of biodiversity and cultural diversity; dialogue between science and art, are present in her work.

Her voice has been described as ancient and modern. As a musician, her main influences come from jazz, alternative and avant-garde music and global music. As a sound designer, she focuses on alternative approaches to electro-acoustic sound and often uses only human voice as the sound source. She has studied soundpainting improvisation in Finland and Sweden with Walter Thompson and Sonja Korkman and worked for ten years as a singer in a band performing soundpainting improvisation music. As a composer and performer, her main influences are the ritual communality of folklore and site-specific installation art. As a musician, she is in the lineage of folklore entertainers and storytellers and also enjoys writing songs for other voices.

Teea Aarnio has worked on numerous projects in Finland and internationally. She has worked as a singing teacher and arts educator. She created her multilingual debut album in 2022 in collaboration with music producer Jukka Backlund, the theme of the album being nature connection. In 2020, he created and published a visual EP, a music video trilogy, in collaboration with Playart Productions, a Helsinki-based production company.

(Photo: Elvi Keränen)

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