From Espoo, Finland, Kardemimmit is made up of four young women who sing while playing the kantele, the national instrument of Finland in its 15 and 38 stringed forms. (Think dulcimer or zither.) This is modern folk music: fresh, but with strong foundations in Finnish tradition. The quartet performs in a number of styles including reki-style singing, Pethonjoki valley style and runo-song, mixing traditional material with their own compositions.
Founded a decade ago, the group’s roots go back to the Juvenalia music school in Espoo, southern Finland, where all of the members have studied. The group’s debut album, Viira, was released in 2006. Kaisla came out in 2009 and was re-released as a bonus disc with The Rough Guide to the Music of Scandinavia in 2012 as Introducing Kardemimmit. A fourth album, Autio huvila, released in 2012, was chosen as the Folk Music Album of the Year by the Finnish Folk Music Association.
The distinctive sound of this kantele and their strong yet delicate vocal harmonies make Kardemimmit a stand-out contemporary Nordic ensemble.
Kardemimmit also performs Wednesday, Sept. 25, 5:30 pm, at the Cedar Rapids Public Library
Address: The Cedar Rapids Public Library is located at 450 Fifth Ave. SE