Saturday, July 14, 2012

KAIVAMA folk duo to perform at Algomah Acres Honey Farm July 16

KAIVAMA will perform folk music at Algomah Acres Honey Farm in Greenland Monday, July 16. (Photo courtesy Melissa Hronkin)

GREENLAND, Mich. -- Algomah Acres Honey Farm will host a concert by the folk duo KAIVAMA at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at 611 Plank Rd., Greenland, Mich. Tickets are $10 at the door; children under 12 free.

Finnish-American musicians Sara Pajunen and Jonathan Rundman of the folk duo KAIVAMA grew up in Northwoods cultures of long winters, lakeside saunas, rugged terrain, and solitude. The landscapes of their childhoods echo in the music of their new self-titled debut album, released June 7, 2011. Alternately ancient and modern Finnish influences reveal themselves in KAIVAMA's sound: danceable rhythms, joyous melodies, icy whispers, sleek construction, primal drones, and poppy hooks all interplay as Pajunen and Rundman explore the music of their ancestors.

Both were raised in Finnish-immigrant epicenters not far from the shores of Lake Superior. Pajunen’s hometown of Hibbing, Minn., and Rundman’s own Ishpeming, Mich., are famous for vast open-pit iron ore mines. The band’s name reflects this spirit of excavation. "Kaivama" is a Finnish word stemming from kaivaa: to delve or dig.


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