Varttina "An unbeatable "world-beat" combination: traditional music, given a contemporary twist and a post-modern point of view." - Rolling Stone Värttinä is Finland's most successful contemporary folk music group. Värttinä's roots are in the Karelia region of Finland, specifically women's vocal traditions and ancient poems known as runos. Fronted by three female singers and supported by virtuosic acoustic musicians, Värttinä composes most of their music and lyrics, based on traditional Karelian and other Finno-Ugric styles but with modern and thoroughly distinctive and original arrangements. Since 1990, Värttinä has toured internationally and built a solid reputation as one the most inventive and uncompromising ensembles in the contemporary world music arena. NEW STUDIO ALBUM - UTU - OUT ON FEB 1ST 2012!