Soinninkajo brings music from around the world |

Soinninkajo brings music from around the world

Soinninkajo will bring a bit of Finnish culture to Grass Valley this Saturday during a Center for the Arts concert.

In addition, the 12-member choir will bring several other cultures to the concert via a repertoire which includes Russian, Latin, Spanish, South African, Swedish and Israeli folk and classical songs.

“We’re ending with an American song, ‘You are the New Day’ by John David and arranged by Peter Knight,” said Choir Director Christiaan Boele, visiting the Sacramento area on Monday. “You will hear things you don’t usually hear here. The audience won’t be disappointed, I don’t think.”

Saturday’s appearance marks Soinninkajo’s second performance in the choir’s debut American tour. The choir has almost 20 performances scheduled from Ukiah to San Francisco through Feb. 29 before returning to Finland for a tour there and in Germany.

The Northern California tour is the first time several of the choir members have been out of Finland.

“One of the girls has never been in an airplane before. They’re original Finnish,” Boele added.

The majority of choir members are in their 20s. All are students of Boele.

Soinninkajo which translates to “sound echo” in English has a unique sound, Boele said.

“It’s basically a clean sound quality which is our own trademark of our work, you could say,” Boele explained. “The sound quality comes out effortlessly, transparent sounding. I would say it has a quality which touches the audience like Dolby Surround Sound, created with our voices.”

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