The Finnish folk group Kardemimmit will perform at Northern Michigan University on Saturday, Sept. 17, as part of the Beaumier Heritage Concert Series. The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will take place at Reynolds Recital Hall. Tickets cost $10 for the general public and $5 for NMU students and those under 18.
Kardemimmit is a female quartet composed of Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius, who founded the band in 1999 in their hometown of Espoo, Finland. They specialize in playing the 15-and 38-stringed kanteles, the Finnish national instrument. Singing also plays a major role in Kardemimmit's music.
Original pieces maintain a modern approach to their folk music while staying rooted in their Finnish, Eastern European and Scandinavian traditions. The Finnish reki-singing style, 19th-century dancing music, Perhonjokilaakso kantele playing style, Eastern Finnish archaic improvisation and ancient runo singing are all present in the band's music.
Kardemimmit has released five albums: Viira in 2006, Kaisla in 2009, Autio huvila (Abandoned Villa) in 2012, Onni (Happiness) in 2015 and Kesäyön valo (Midnight Sun) in 2018. They were also nominated for the Band of the Year by Kantele Association in 2004.