Arto Jarvela, Kaivama | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | International | Chicago Reader
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Arto Jarvela, Kaivama 

When: Wed., June 8, 8:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $5 suggested donation
Arto Jarvela is perhaps Finland's greatest living traditional fiddler. He hails from a Kaustinen family that's been playing music for several centuries, and he's best known as the leader of JPP (aka Jarvelan Pikkupelimannit, or "Little Folk Musicians of Jarvela"), which has included his brothers and an uncle. But Jarvela has played in many other groups over more than three decades and was a key member of Aldargaz, the backing band of great accordionist Maria Kalaniemi. And as he proves on JPP's most recent album, 2006's Artology (NorthSide), Jarvela has interests and skills outside Finnish music, from tango to the swing of Stuff Smith. Opening this concert is Kaivama, a Finnish-American duo from Minneapolis. On their self-released, self-titled debut (which features Jarvela on a few tracks), they let their American roots show through: Sara Pajunen primarily plays violin, while Jonathan Rundman adds keyboards as well as guitar, banjo, and mandolin, with a country twang in his strings. Both acts will play their own sets, and then do another one together. —Peter Margasak



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