The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the award-winning Finnish folk group, Kardemimmit, on Monday, September 16th as part of the university’s ongoing musical, scholarly and international programming.
Kardemimmit are four young women playing the ancient Finnish national instrument, kantele. The band members are Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius. Alongside 15 and 38 stringed kanteles, singing has a big part in Kardemimmit’s musical universe where original pieces with a modern approach still have a strong foundation in Finnish, Eastern European and Scandinavian traditions.
The kantele is the Finnish version of an instrument known throughout the world as either a zither or lap harp. The kantele - a plucked stringed instrument of the worldwide zither family - is a traditional folk music instrument that has been played in Finland and other Baltic countries since pre-historic times.
The concert, which is free and open to the public is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire’s Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement.