ARTO RINNE Profile
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Arto Rinne and his ensemble, Sattuma, are noted musicians whose scholarly and artistic expertise in folk instruments ranges from constructing their own instruments to innovation on traditional tunes. The quartet's repertoire includes Finnish polkas, Russian waltzes, Karelian folk songs, and an occasional Celtic melody. The Finnish Literature Society has recognized Rinne for his contributions to Karelian folk culture.
Rinne started his musical career as a singer in a boys' choir when he was six. He later joined the Petrozavodsk State University Folk Ensemble, Toive. In 1989, he was one of the founding members of the group Santtu Karhu and Talvisovat; he still plays accordion and bouzuki with this ensemble. From 1994-2002, Rinne was the lead-singer for the folk music group Myllärit. With these groups, Rinne has toured Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Germany, Scotland, and the United States. He has also been a music reporter for Karelian radio since 1988 and has organized the Petrozavodsk Karelian Faces music festival since 2003.
Rinne's presentations include lectures and live examples of Finno-Urgic song traditions.