Deep, resonant rhythms from Helsinki
Kumea Sound is a solo project by Finnish composer and artist Lauri Wuolio. Focusing heavily on the 21st century percussion instrument cupola (handpan) and experimental sound design, Wuolio makes "ambient chamber music from the future" that draws its elements from minimalism, ambient and a plethora of old and contemporary musical currents.
Wuolio studied visual arts, sound art and composition in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. He works at his own studio in Vallila, Helsinki, performing live and composing music for films and radio. For commercial audio & music productions check out Kumea Audio.
Oceans of Sadness, Mountains of Hope (2017)
"Oceans of Sadness, Mountains of Hope is a melancholic meditation on loss and grief, with influences that range from classical minimalism to nordic jazz. Lauri’s thoughful compositions are distinguished by his sensitive inclusion of delicate electrionics and sparce melodies and textures. His music has enhanced handpan music by bringing focus to timbre and polyphony." —Dom Aversano, composer
Real Music for Unreal Times (2015)
"This attention to detail, combined with the freedom of expression afforded by this most sensuous of instruments and Lauri’s own creativity and dexterity makes Real Music for Unreal Times one of the most radically different yet accessible albums I’ve heard in a long time. [...] This is a beautifully played and recorded album, a positive and meditative exploration of the potential of mixing ancient and modern ideas and sounds, simplicity and complexity, to create a tranquil and immersive listening experience which transcends boundaries." —Helen Gregory, Folk Radio UK
Kumea Sound (2013)
"The ambience reminds of the dreamy visions and ambient soundscapes of Dead Can Dance and Cocteau Twins. [...] It's a bit like a modern day version of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells or the civilized and well-behaving cousin of The Knife's Silent Shout." –Tomi Tuominen, Sue