Arto Jarvela Finnish Folk Fiddler
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Sunday, September 28, 2014
at 7:00 PM
Christiansen Hall of Music, 100 Urness Recital Hall
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Paul Niemisto


Cousins Arto and Antti Järvelä are fiddlers hailing from the famous Järvelä family from Kaustinen, Finland. They belong to an illustrious musical family whose tradition of fiddling at weddings in Finland goes back more than 300 years. They grew up immersed in the music of Othnobothnia, ( the eastern shore of the Gulf of Bothnia, at the northernmost reaches of the Baltic Sea). Grounded in this long-standing musical tradition, they also play their own stunning originals. “Both Antti and Arto are responsible for radical reinventions of Finnish roots music,” says Singout! in a review praising their new album, Os Fera Liluli. Arto also plays with the renowned folk fiddle orchestra JPP, Nordik Tree, and with Maria Kalaniemi, Erik Hokkanen & Lumisudet, and Kaivama, as well as performing solo. Antti is known for his work with Frigg, JPP, Baltic Crossing, Troka, and Kings of Polka. Bruce calls their music “far-reaching, soulful, and intimate. Each piece is bright and visual, a mini-journey to some interesting and far-away place. These are tunes worth listening to over and over again!" Although international traveling and jamming have influenced their music, one can still hear the connection to their roots.

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