Immersed in folk music since childhood, the winding path of Aili Järvelä (Finland) has also been guided by many other genres, including pop, jazz, world music, and art music from different eras. Hailing from Kaustinen, Järvelä is known not only as a singer, but also as a songwriter, composer, arranger, violinist, producer, a teacher of the Näppäri school of pedagogy, and as a freelance musician in many different groups and ensembles. She is in numerous bands, including Aili & Folks, New Better Spring Band, and the children’s music group Mutaveijarit, whose debut album Ympäri ämpäri! was a nominee for Best Children’s Music Album in the 2017 Emma awards (the Finnish Grammys).
Järvelä has composed works for the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, the Vox Aurea choir, and Nordic Sounds, an international music book release containing educational material for music and dance from across Scandinavia. Järvelä graduated as a Master of Arts in music pedagogy from Sibelius Academy in 2017, majoring in classical singing, and is now a lecturer there, teaching folk music in the Music Education department.