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Kumea Sound is a sonic exploration of deep and resonant sounds & an indie record label run by → Lauri Wuolio. Please join the mailing list & follow Kumea Sound on → Twitter and → Facebook to recieve updates about what’s happening!

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You can read more about the cupola instrument and its history →here (FIN/EN).

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Kumea Sound releases alternative rhythm music that embraces both acoustic and electronic sounds.

(*) Kumea Street Records are handcrafted unofficial CD-R releases that are produced in extremely small batches. They are often improvised and acoustic by nature. Street Records are available only in live situations — digital download versions or a back catalogue do not exist. The albums are packed in a simple yet beautiful, manually folded origami cover.

Real Music for Unreal Times

Real Music for Unreal Times

Real Music for Unreal Times

1. Ruins
2. Everything Is an Exception
3. A Bell for the Broken
4. Ilon Säie — Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris
5. Stranded Variation
6. Stringer Bell
7. Kutoja
8. Sola
9. Ilon Säie — Shine While You Live
10. Song of Seikilos
11. Between You and Me
12. A Stone

38 minutes.

Released on LP / CD / digital download on March 6, 2015.



Ruins (SR-006)

1. Stringer Bell
2. Empty Lion
3. Stranded
4. Zephyr
5. Radiance
6. Song of Euterpe
7. Ink Orchid
8. Shadow Drift
9. Yalan Kulkia

33 minutes
Released: 5/2014

Kumea Sound


Kumea Sound (KUMEA001)

1. Eye
2. Tantra
3. Kutsu
4. Shijaz
5. Rust Will Eat Them
6. Zentagon Pentagon
7. Twelve Monkeys
8. Frog’n’Bell
9. Apocalypse Disco
10. Kutoja
11. Seawards

55 minutes
Released: 9/2013



Weaves (SR-005)

1. Kutoja
2. Kutsu
3. Sola
4. Weaves

37 minutes
Released: 8/2013



Darjeeling/Tie/Kara (SR-004)

1. Intro
2. Darjeeling I
3. Darjeeling II
4. Darjeeling III
5. Darjeeling IV
6. Darjeeling V
7. Tie I
8. Tie II
9. Tie III
10. Kara

47 minutes
Released: 4/2013



Kaiku/Kutsu (SR-003)

1. Kutsu
4. Oravan laulu
7. Kutsu
10. Kaiku

35 minutes
Released: 7/2012

Temple of Metal*


Temple of Metal (SR-002)

1. Sound of Sovetsky
2. Drum’n’Bell
3. Twelve Monkeys
4. Manual Listening
5. Silence of the Hives

19 minutes
Released: 4/2012

Improvisations on a Karelian Cupola*


Improvisations on a Karelian Cupola (SR-001)

1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V (“It’s just like sound…”)
6. VI
7. VII

44 minutes
Released: 3/2012

  • Real Music for Unreal Times

    Real Music for Unreal Times

  • Ruins*


  • Kumea Sound

    Kumea Sound

  • Weaves*


  • Darjeeling/Tie/Kara*


  • Kaiku/Kutsu*


  • Temple of Metal*

    Temple of Metal*

  • Improvisations on a Karelian Cupola*

    Improvisations on a Karelian Cupola*


Lauri Wuolio


Lauri Wuolio is a Helsinki-based sound artist and a street musician. His solo performances consist of improvised rhythmic textures, where the concepts of a song and linear time are not of much use. Intertwining patterns and themes transform and mutate into long meditative passages that celebrate both repetition and change. Wuolio also performs as Kumea Sound.

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Kumea Sound


Kumea Sound. The throbbing heart: the deep and resonant thrum of the cupola, an acoustic instrument resembling a flying saucer forged out of steel. Next to the instrument a vinyl turntable spins, summoning deep, textured rhythms and organic noisescapes. Kumea Sound, a solo act by sound artist Lauri Wuolio, draws its influences from traditional folk music, Indonesian gamelan, minimalism and dark urban rhythms. The improvised, permutating and meditative weaves of rhythm have the power to soothe even the busiest modern mind.




Radenja (Ilkka Heinonen, jouhikko & Lauri Wuolio, cupola) draws its inspiration from the Fenno-Ugric spiritual traditions and free improvisation. Their music echoes old hymns, Karelian orthodoxism and the anarchist spirit of eastern natural mystic religions. The raw and touching sounds of jouhikko (Karelian bowed lyre) and cupola guide the listener to the nonelectric side of the 21st century.

The name of the duo refers to a 19th century ritual practiced by a Siberian cult, where the soul was purified through exstatic dance and music. Radenja can mean both “work” and “zeal”.

  • Lauri Wuolio

    Lauri Wuolio

  • Kumea Sound

    Kumea Sound

  • Radenja




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Kumea Sound & Salla Hakkola: Real Music for Unreal Times 5

December 11, 2015, 9:00pm

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