The YouTube video of a performance by the Finnish vocal quartet Loituma was the immediate inspiration for this blog about a half an hour ago. I wanted to share this sparkling, unique performance, but it didn’t really fit my other blogs. I may or may not be using the inspiration of their performance, but in any case it’s great musical compost – something to combine with what I already know and which may then be part of a composition later when I want or need to compose a specific piece. Some facts about the group gleaned from Wikipedia: the group combines “Finnish vocal tradition with the sounds of the kantele” [a kind of zither]. They were named Ensemble of the Year at the 1997 Kaustinen Folk Music Festival.