Soila Sariola | Alto
It must've all started when I was born into a family of musicians;
singing and playing was all around. My musical studies began with
violin lessons in East Helsinki Music School, but as a teenager I
switched to the saxophone. Later I've also played the kantele (Finnish
national instrument) and harmonium.
My serious singing interest began in 1988 in Tapiola Choir
which was later followed by a number of other choirs and vocal
ensembles. The one thing in common between all the choirs was that I
always sang the alto part, as well as in Rajaton which I joined in
1999. In addition to singing with Rajaton I've also found the time to
graduate from the Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy, with
vocals as my main instrument. These studies have brought depth both in
my life and my voice, and enabled many excursions to other cultures,
even Siberia and West Africa.
Rajaton is for me like a dream come true. In this group I can combine versatile music with versatile singing. Pretty cool!