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Back: Hannu Lepola, Jussi Chydenius, Ahti Paunu,
Front: Virpi Moskari, Soila Sariola, Essi Wuorela
Rajaton is a Finnish a cappella ensemble, founded in Helsinki in 1997. The Finnish word rajaton means "boundless", to indicate the breadth of their repertoire, from sacred classical to near Europop.
Rajaton performs primarily in Finland but also tours around Europe and the rest of the world. Rajaton appears regularly in Canada at the Festival 500 choral event in St. John's, Newfoundland as well as at MusicFest Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was the guest artist at the Kaleid Choral Festival in Woodstock, Ontario in 2005, 2006 and 2010. They have also been to Ottawa, Ontario and Kingston, Ontario with the festival.
Rajaton's fan following has grown substantially since 2002. In 2005, Rajaton album sales reached 100,000 worldwide. They have earned eight gold records in total, with Rajaton Sings ABBA reaching platinum (30,000) and Joulu reaching double platinum (60,000).
Rajaton also includes original material in their repertoire: aside from works by composers such as Mia Makaroff, Laura Sippola and Anna-Mari Kähärä, many of their pieces are written or arranged by members of the ensemble, especially in more recent work. Many lyrics are adapted from the Kanteletar.
Soila's "Nouse Lauluni" was awarded 2008 for the best Folk-song of the Year 2007 by The Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards (CARA).
The six members of the group are:
- Soprano: Essi Wuorela
- Soprano: Virpi Moskari
- Alto: Soila Sariola
- Tenor: Hannu Lepola
- Baritone: Ahti Paunu
- Bass: Jussi Chydenius
- Nova (2000)
- Boundless (2001)
- Sanat (2002)
- Joulu (2003)
- Kevät (2005)
- Out of Bounds (2006)
- Rajaton sings ABBA (2006)
- Maa (2007)
- Rajaton sings Queen with Lahti Symphony Orchestra (2008)
- Best of Rajaton 1999-2009 (2009)
- Tarinoita (2010)
- Jouluyö (2011)
- Suomen Lasten Lauluja (2012)