The Cedar Presents
KARDEMIMMIT with Lynn O’Brien
Sunday, September 15th, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM
$15 Advance / $18 Day of Show
This is a seated show. Tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
Kardemimmit is a band of four awesome women playing the Finnish national instrument, kantele. The band members are Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius. Kardemimmit is in charge of their own music – they compose, as well as arrange, write lyrics and produce. 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 Finnish reki-singing style, 19th century dancing music and Perhonjokilaakso kantele playing style, Eastern Finnish archaic improvisation and ancient runo singing are all present in Kardemimmit’s music.
The band was founded already in 1999 in the musical institute Juvenalia in the band members’ home town Espoo. The long mutual history can be heard in their unique sound. The silvery tones of kantele flow together with the mesmerizing singing harmonies. As a kantele band, Kardemimmit is a pioneer: in the year 2004 Kardemimmit was nominated the Band of the Year by Kantele Association 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 five albums, Viira 2006, Kaisla 2009, Autio Huvila (Abandoned Villa) 2012, Onni (Happiness) 2015 and Kesäyön Valo (Midnight Sun) 2018. Kaisla was republished in 2012 as The Rough Guide to the Music of Scandinavia compilation’s bonus cd Introducing Kardemimmit (link to the CD, here). Autio Huvila was chosen as the Finnish folk album of the year 2012.
You might wonder what the band’s name means. It’s a play on words. Kardemumma is a spice that Finnish people use a lot in their sweet baking. Mimmit is a word for girls that have bold nature. That means Kardemimmit is actually the Finnish Ethno Spice Girls.
Lynn O’Brien is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter and improviser with a powerful, dynamic voice and clear mission: to empower the soul. With many years of performance and recording experience under her belt, Lynn’s music blends genres like folk, blues, jazz and R&B. Her authentic voice, presence, and improvisational, interactive performing style build an immediate connection with audiences of all sizes. Through the years, Lynn has performed internationally and collaborated with artists across various mediums, from belly dancers to Bobby McFerrin himself. She recently released a new album RISING, which features original songs about claiming personal power while navigating change.