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Sun, Sep 08


Nordia House

Afternoon Contemporary Finnish Strings

Join us for a contemporary twist on traditional Finnish instruments!

Afternoon Contemporary Finnish Strings
Afternoon Contemporary Finnish Strings

Time & Location

Sep 08, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223, USA


Doors will open at 3 pm with a no host bar with beer and wine for purchase. Light refreshments to be served.


Nordic Northwest Members: $30

General Admission: $35

Youth (12 and Under): $10

Arts For All $5


So, what is a kantele? kantele is a traditional Finnish string instrument. The kantele has a distinctive bell-like sound. It is even featured in the Kalevala where the mage makes the very first kantele from bone.

About Jenni Venäläinen

Jenni Venäläinen is a versatile kantele player and singer and she plays different kinds of kanteles from 5 stringed kantele to 38 stringed concert kantele. She has specialized in Carelian kantele tradition and improvisation. In her project Melkutus Party the old dancing tunes played by kantele are transformed into modern dancing party tunes.

Jenni graduated as a Master in Music from Arts University Sibelius Academy in 2019 and she has performed in Finland, Nordic and Baltic countries and Russia. Her most active ensembles are Aoide and Tikkursby. Numerous possibilities, tones of sounds and playing techniques in kantele inspire her to create her own musical sound.

To learn more about the Jenni Venäläinen check out her website


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