Kardemimmit in Seattle

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Kardemimmit in Seattle

Kardemimmit is coming to Seattle!

By Finlandia Foundation Seattle Chapter

When and where

Date and time

Tuesday, June 20 · 7 - 9pm PDT


Good Shepherd Center 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103

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About this event

  • 2 hours
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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 kantele (the national instrument of Finland) in its 15 and 38 stringed forms. The group's repertory consists of modern folk music mostly composed by the members themselves. The music of Kardemimmit is fresh but it's strongly foundationed in Finnish tradition from both Eastern and Western regions featuring e.g. reki-style of singing, Perhonjoki valley kantele style, Karelian small kantele and runo-song traditions as well as archaic improvisation.

Kardemimmit’s musical themes are soul sisterhood in its lows and highs, womanhood and girlhood, witchcraft, solidarity and equality, growing up together and separate, as well as love, heartbreak and jealousy. Kardemimmit’s music takes the listener to the Finnish Midsummer’s magical night when the sun doesn’t set at all. The air is filled with the ancient mystery of time standing still and nature is heartbreakingly beautiful at the peak of its bloom.

All members of the band have higher education in folk music, and the strong knowledge of tradition creates a powerful undertow of their music. The compositions and arrangements can’t be put in one box alone, and the listener could catch influences from Sufjan Stevens, Kate Bush and Moderat among others.

Kardemimmit was founded in 2000 in the musical institute Juvenalia in the members’ hometown Espoo. The long mutual history can be heard in their unique sound. The silvery tones of kantele flow together with the mesmerizing singing harmonies. In the year 2004 Kardemimmit was nominated the Band of the Year by Kantele Association in 2004 and the next year they won the International Kantele Competition. The following years Kardemimmit has been touring extensively in Europe, North America and Japan. Kardemimmit has released six albums: Viira 2006, Kaisla 2009, Autio huvila (Abandoned Villa) 2012, Onni (Happiness) 2015, Kesäyön valo (Midnight Sun) 2018 and Sisko muistatko? (Sister, Do You Recall) 2022. Kaisla was republished in 2012 as The Rough Guide to the Music of Scandinavia compilation’s bonus cd Introducing Kardemimmit. Autio huvila was chosen as the Finnish folk album of the year 2012.


About the organizer

FFSC is a local chapter of the Finlandia Foundation national organization, and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.