The Finnish kantele quartet, Kardemimmit, will be appearing on Saturday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. at The Contented Cow, 302B Division Street South in Northfield, Minnesota.
Kardemimmit is a Finnish folk music group formed by four young women – Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius. They are singers and players of the national instrument of Finland, the kantele, in its 15 and 38 stringed forms. The group’s repertoire consists of modern folk music mostly composed by the group’s members.
The music of Kardemimmit is fresh with a strong foundation in Finnish traditions from both eastern and western regions of the country and featuring, among other influences, reki-style singing, Perhonjoki valley kantele style, Karelian small kantele and runo-song traditions as well as archaic improvisation.
Kardemimmit has played together for over ten years. This long history has resulted in a unique sound. Their roots go back to Juvenalia Music School in Espoo in southern Finland, where all of the group members studied. Currently the Wegelius’ study folk music pedagogy at the Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences and Pokela and Rahmel study in the folk music department of the Sibelius Academy, Finland’s only music university. Each studies with kantele as her main instrument.
As a kantele group, Kardemimmit is a leader. In 2004, the Kantele Association chose the group as the Kantele Group of the Year and they won the National Kantele Group Competition in their division in 2005. Kardemimmit was the Group of the Year in the Uusimaa-region in 2009 and 2010. Kardemimmit has given more than 100 performances in Finland alone. They have performed at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, the Haapavesi Folk Festival, the Folklandia cruise as well as the Athletics World Championship gala.
The 2013 USA tour, their first on this continent, will take them from the Eastern seaboard to the heartland of the Midwest.
Kardemimmit has released at least three CDs. The group’s debut album, Viira, came out in 2006. The second release, Kaisla (2009) was re-released as a bonus disc of The Rough Guide to the Music of Scandinavia in 2012. The third CD, Autio huvila Kardemimmit, was released in June 2012 and was chosen as the Folk Music Album of the Year 2012 by the Finnish Folk Music Association.
There is no cover charge for the event, but tips for the band are enthusiastically encouraged. CDs will be available for sale.
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