Tuomas Rounakari: Bear Awakener (2022)
The second solo album from Tuomas Rounakari dives deep into the bear myths of Khanty, Mansi, Karelian and Finnish peoples. Bear Awakening songs were sang among the Khanty and Mansi at the dawn of each day of the Bear Feast Ceremony. Through them the bear was awakened to wittness all other performances of the ceremony. It was also a call for dialogue recognizing a special presence of the bear. The album is designed to awaken anyones connection with the mythical bear entity.
Tuomas Rounakari: Shamanviolin (2009)
The first solo album from Tuomas Rounakari is nearly sold out in physical copies. The last copies are available at the Korpiklaani webshop. Digital album is still available at CDBaby. Shamanviolin arose out of wax-cylinder recordings, collected by Finnish linguist Kai Donner in his incredible travels across Siberia between 1912 and 1914. These wax-cylinders include rare songs sung by real shamans from the Ob and Yenisei-river districts.
By studying these songs Tuomas Rounakari found a way back to playing in a trance state; an experience he had had in his early childhood. The album includes original songs as well as arrangements of archived materials for violin, stomping and vocal sounds, all simultaneously performed.
Korpiklaani: Jylhä (2021)
As violinist and arranger
Korpiklaani are unique. Their blend of Finnish folk music and heavy metal is like no other. Like traditional folk music that tells tales of joy, heartbreak and stories of old, Korpiklaani brings new life to these tales adding the high energy of rock ‘n roll and heavy metal. What you hear on record is what you hear live; authentic, honest and a lot of fun. Korpiklaani is a natural representation of our journey in this life, bringing music and emotions that can have you dancing all night, to quiet moments of melancholy.
Jylhä continues this journey with a collection of tales of folklore, nature, celebration and three stories of murder, including the infamous Lake Bodom murders.
Korpiklaani: Kulkija (2018)
As violinist, composer and arranger
Available at Korpiklaani webshop or Nuclear Blast Including 14 tracks, Kulkija is Korpiklaani’s longest album, but also their most natural sounding one, to date. The mastering skills of renowned engineer Svante Forsbäck (RAMMSTEIN a.o.), who already worked with the band on »Live at Masters of Rock« (2017), gave the record its unique sound. “This record is so easy to listen to and interesting all the time, the balance is simply perfect,” he states. “We’ve never been as satisfied with a final result as we are with »Kulkija«,” confirms Jonne. From the first to the last tone, a unique atmosphere guides the listeners through a long journey. The array of songs in Kulkija is the most versatile in Korpiklaani’s history with many unexpected turns from a child choir to a glimpse of tango. Some noteworthy tracks are Kotikonnut, Aallon alla, the video song Harmaja and the instrumental Pellervoinen written by the fiddler Tuomas Rounakari.
Korpiklaani: Live at Masters of Rock (2017)
As violinist and performer
140 mins of 100% pure rock`n`roll! The first live bluray by the Finnish folk metal superstars KORPIKLAANI: The Folk Metal Superstars have captured and immortalised the ravenous power of their live shows – on their first ever live Blu-ray/DVD+2CD package titled »Live at Masters of Rock« including two full shows from the epic Czech festival Masters of Rock in 2016 and 2014.
Korpiklaani: Noita (2015)
As a violinist and arranger
In May 2015, the energetic workaholics that make up KORPIKLAANI return with their ninth studio album »Noita«, which promises to get you dancing on feet, banging your fists and most importantly, having a good time. It will also be the first album to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula, who has had a remarkable influence on the traditional folk arrangements, along with Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari, making a perfect balance between Folk and Metal as frontman Jonne always envisioned. Noita includes tracks Man with a plan and Lempo that have both exceeded 6M Spotify streams. The track Minä näen vedessä neidon includes one of the most rock’n roll violin solos to this day!
Korpiklaani: Manala (2012)
as a violinist and arranger
One and a half years after the release of their last album, Korpiklaani returns to take us on a fascinating trip to netherworld. Together with new band member Tuomas Rounakari, who is all set to impress the listener with his amazing fiddling skills, KORPIKLAANI proudly present “Manala” – the 8th studio album of their career. `Manala´ is the realm of the dead – the underworld in Finnish mythology. This place is best known for its appearance in the Finnish national epic Kalevala, on which many of Korpiklaani’s songs are based. Manala includes such live-show classics as Ruumiinmulta and Rauta as well as a Spotify hit Ievan Polkka with over 12M streams.
Äänellä itketty (2012)
As a Producer
Äänellä itketty is a collection of modern laments from Finland. The CD features nine different lamenting artist and their unique laments. It is a kaleidoscope into the themes of grief in todays Finland. The performers are from different generations and the topics include anxiety from ecological losses to mothers worry when a son is moving out from home. There is also one lament in Carelian language about the loss of home and evacuation during the WWII.
Simo Saari: Muistoissa (2009)
As an arranger and violinist
Simo Saari was a passionate amateur opera singer with a strong tenor voice. For this album he chose his dearest songs from the most popular melodies in Finland, ranging from folk songs such as On suuri sun ranta autius to hymns like Kanteleeni. Tuomas Rounakari wrote all the arrangements for these 14 songs for a string quartet, piano and double bass.
The F-Train: Fairytales (1996)
As a composer, arranger and violinist
The F-train Fairytales EP is the very first release from Tuomas Rounakari featuring one of the top saxophone players from Finland Jari Perkiömäki. The EP includes a jazz arrangement of Adam Khatchaturians Sabre Dance and two original songs.
Albums featuring Tuomas Rounakari
Jori Otsa and Mah’orkka: Harbour George (2020)
Jori otsa and the Mah’orkka is full of slavic melancholy with balalaikas (yes, even the bass is a balalaika!) and accordion accompanying Jori Kalliola on vocals. The songs are faithful recreation of the infamous Georg Ots – an Estonian singer who charmed audiences on both sides of Gulf of Finland.
Aarniseppä: Kevään ensimmäinen kärpänen (2020)
Aarniseppä’s music is a combination of analog synths, woodwinds, field recordings and old traditional instruments. Kevään ensimmäinen kärpänen is an hommage to great painters of our time. Limited vinyl edition only, a collectors item.
Nytt Land: CVLT (2020)
The magic of the Ancient North. Nytt Land, from Siberia, is skillfully balancing on the brink of ritual ambient and the traditional folk of Northern Europe. Tuomas Rounakari feat. on the track Ar Hotan Imi.
Aarniseppä: Metsänväki (2019)
Aarniseppä’s music is a combination of analog synths, woodwinds, brass and old traditional instruments. And gorgeous field recordings! Metsänväki is a deep and mysterious journey in to the old woods. A collectors item. 110 vinyl copies made including a CD. Aarniseppä is not available in digital formats. The music and graphic design is inseparable.
Aarniseppä: Hyönteisten temppeli (2016)
A handmade double-CD case with graphics by Esa Riippa and music by Aarniseppä. Hyönteisten temppeli (The temple of insects) combines analog synths, traditional instruments and field recordings. A collectors item, not available in digital platforms.
Cantama2 is a cinematic journey composed by Mikael Bergholm. The CD features many of the prominent finnish musicians such as jazz-legend Juhani Aaltonen on saxophones, opera singer Johanna Rusanen, dancer-choreographer Jorma Uotinen (this time on vocals), Pepe Willberg, Tom Bildo , Eerik Siikasaari and Rami Eskelinen. Produced and released by Louhi Productions, Finland.
Tom Rossi: One (2001) / Salma Har (2004)
Tom Rossi is a composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music healer, whose style embraces a global mosaic of border-dissolving tones, beats and harmonies from Africa, to Asia, the Middle East, South America and Caribbean, all the way to Los Angeles, CA. Tom and Tuomas played together in a New York City based Moment – multicultural orchestra from 1999 to 2001. Tuomas Rounakari featured in two songs of Tom’s debut album One, which was partially re-released by Ajna Music (USA) on the album entitled Salma Har.
Track D-meditation is available online. Here Tuomas plays a long consecutive open D-string. You might not hear it, but taken away, the tune would be something entirely else. Moment had a big influence on Tuomas and his musical thinking. They performed over 50 gigs per year in New York City metro area. Sadly, the band never made any releases.