ILMU (”air”, ”weather”) is a nordic folk-trip-hop band from Karelia Republic now living in Tampere. The best Russian ethnomusical project of 2021 according to the international jury of the Russian World Music Awards-2021. The band plays original music with lyrics in Livvi-Karelian language. Magically beautiful northern nature of Karelia became an inspiration for the songs.
ILMU presents the new generation of culture of a small nation with an endangered language – Karelians. Music of ILMU describes different natural phenomenon and feelings caused by the contemplation of nature. Musicians use traditional instruments such as kantele, jouhikko, woodwinds and others (keyboards, electric guitar, violin, etc.). Band mixes the sound of these instruments with an electronic base and with vocals in Livvi-karelian language.