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Ice and Fire: Contemporary Nordic Folk Music

Date: 04/05/2013

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall - Ferguson Hall

Cost: Free

Description:

A concert organized together with the current Government of Finland/David and Nancy Speer Professor in Finnish Studies, Matti Jutila (department of political science). Reception to follow.

 The trio Suo is an exemplary product of the strong New Folk Music movement of Finland. Their music digs deep into the landscape of archaic “runo” singing: the rich language of the Finnish national epic Kalevala, the fascinating myths and spells, and the ageless flow of kantele music (kantele = Finnish national instrument of the zither family). Interpreted by three graduates of the Sibelius Academy music university, this forgotten music becomes alive and gets injected straight into your spine: the energetic guitar of Roope Aarnio, the nimble fiddle of Emilia Lajunen and powerful voice of Veera Voima will take you on an unforgettable journey.

Finnish-American musicians Sara Pajunen (violin) and Jonathan Rundman (guitar, harmonium, piano) explore their Nordic roots in the progressive acoustic folk duo Kaivama. The band’s pyrotechnic agent is Sara Pajunen with her masterful fiddling. Pajunen’s skills as a violinist have earned her degrees from the University of Minnesota and the Helsinki Conservatory in Finland, but she has transcended this classical background to become of one North America’s most notable progressive folk fiddlers. Jonathan Rundman frames Pajunen’s firepower. A veteran performer and recording artist, Rundman has toured the US and Europe as a troubadour songwriter, collecting raves from publications such as Paste, Billboard, and the New York Times.

Hosted by Finnish visiting professors Matti Jutila (political science) and Erkki Huovinen (music). Supported by the Government of Finland, David and Nancy Speer, and the University of Minnesota School of Music.


Hosted by Finnish visiting professors Matti Jutila (political science) and Erkki Huovinen (music). Supported by the Government of Finland, David and Nancy Speer, and the University of Minnesota School of Music.

More on the performers: www.suomusic.net, www.kaivama.com

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Parking:

Convenient parking is available at the University's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps; you must pay a fee to park in these ramps. More information is also available on the University Parking and Transportation Services website.

 

Reservation Information:

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations not required. Seats are available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

 

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Lisa Marshall, School of Music, 612/626-1094 or mus-ppr@umn.edu.

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