MeNiños

Tomas Takolander 

In MeNiños, Tomas sings and plays the guitar. He is a musician, performing artist, conductor, composer, arranger and educator and holds a Master’s degree in music from Sibelius Academy. 

Tomas collaborates with several Finnish and foreign musicians, composers, choir and orchestra conductors, dancers and circus artists. He is one of the founding members of the contemporary circus company Cirque des Puces. His compositions have been performed by  Aatra Kollektiv, EMO Ensemble, Helsinki Concordia, HOS Big Band, Koiton Laulu, Mieskuoro Laulajat and RAMA Big Band. 

Tomas has extensive experience in classical and contemporary music as well as African American and Hispanic music. 

Natalia Castrillón 

Natalia is a Colombian harpist and teacher interested in sharing and spreading the sound of pedal harp and Harp Levers in any context and artistic expression, taking inspiration from classical, Latin American, contemporary and world music as well as free improvisation. She has a master’s degree in Global Music from the Sibelius Academy and works as a playschool teacher at the International School of Music Finland. She actively works with projects involving other musicians, actors, dancers and art enthusiasts in general. 

About her motivation to participate in Kolibrí Nati says: “I am very pleased to participate in the festival Kolibrí as I believe that it is wonderful and ideal for integration, learning and fun for all ages!” 

João Luís Matos Lopes 

Born in Porto, Portugal, João Luís studied music at Conservatório de Música do Porto and Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, where he focused on orchestral percussion and was trained in chamber music, orchestra, early music groups as well as jazz combos. João collaborated with professional orchestras in Portugal and in Finland, as well as folk music groups, jazz ensembles and musical theatre plays, and has also taught percussion in the internationally-known social orchestra project El Sistema. 

Today, João studies in the Global Music Program at the Sibelius Academy and continues teaching at Tempo-Orkesteri, part of the El Sistema project in Finland.