Lauri Wuolio (1984) is a Finnish composer and artist. He studied in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, focusing on sound art and obtaining his MA degree in 2012. In the written part of his thesis he studied campanology (the study of bells) in context of contemporary sound art. His final work “In Girum Imus Nocte” consisted of a set of bells struck by mechanical hammers and infrared sensors tracking the movements of the audience.
Wuolio has composed music to films and stage. He is also an active live performer. His stay in Berlin in 2009 marked a shift to percussion instruments and two years later he got his first cupola (handpan). “I have played music since I was four. I started with cello, then came piano, saxophone and classical guitar, but I didn’t feel free until I found the cupola.”
In Wuolio’s music one can hear traces of Steve Reich, Brian Eno and more contemporary electronic acts such as Tim Hecker, Boards of Canada and Pan Sonic. “When younger, I was soaked with sounds and rhythms of experimental electronic music. Now this history vibrates in the acoustic music I make.”
In autumn of 2013, after a couple of handmade cdr-releases, Wuolio released his first album under the moniker Kumea Sound, which combines his sound art background to his experience as a street musician. His second album, Real Music for Unreal Times, was released in 2015.
Wuolio lives and works in Helsinki.