Win Tickets ($44): Kardemimmit: Sounds of the Finnish Forest @ The Old Church Concert Hall | Featuring Traditional String Instrument Kantele

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Kardemimmit: Sounds of the Finnish Forest The Old Church Concert Hall on June 15. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed June 12.


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Kardemimmit: Sounds of the Finnish Forest
June 15, 2023
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $22 | All Ages
More info:

The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Kardemimmit is a band of four awesome musicians playing the Finnish national instrument, kantele. The band members are Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius, Leeni Wegelius. The four members of Kardemimmit are 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 band members also want to encourage children around the world, especially girls, through their example to make music and make Finland known to the world as well as promote equality in the field of music.

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.




  1. Amy H. on May 31, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    This sounds like it would be an ethereal experience, I’m in!

  2. Kelly on May 31, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    This sounds very dreamy and uplifting! I’d love to hear the magical sounds of this beautiful sisterhood.

    • Heather Erickson on June 1, 2023 at 3:53 pm

      Sounds of the Forest from the happiest country in the world! What’s not to like?

  3. Martti on June 1, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Would love to go to this!

  4. Erin on June 2, 2023 at 10:30 pm

    This sounds incredible and I would love to check it out! Haven’t been to the Old Church since covid and this sounds like a lovely reentry. 🙂

  5. Lisa on June 3, 2023 at 8:16 am

    So neat, I would love to check it out

  6. Ashley Rogers on June 5, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    Would love to hear this instrument in person!

  7. Dani on June 6, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    🎻 YES!!!

  8. Chas Roddy on June 6, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    It sounds like a unique experience and once in a lifetime!

    I would be happy to see and hear this!

  9. James on June 6, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    Always on the lookout for something a little different.

  10. Carolyn I on June 9, 2023 at 10:43 am

    This one would make a great addition to my collection !

  11. Greg Herbert on June 9, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    This sounds amazing.

  12. Amritha Ajithkumar on June 11, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    An evening listening to ethereal music would be magical. Would be great fun and much enjoyed.

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