Sunday, July 29, 2018, 7:30pm, Aallotar Concert, Nordia House, Portland:
Aallotar Concert at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland.
Aallotar is Teija Niku from Finland and Sara Pajunen from the USA. FFCPC has invited them to perform in the Great Hall at beautiful Nordia House on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Ancestors of Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku lived within hours of each other in western Finland – speaking the same language, playing the same music, living the same culture. In the late 19th century, Pajunen’s ancestors emigrated to northern Minnesota; Niku’s family remained in Finland. Today, they explore a common heritage in Finnish folk music, even as they create new sounds that reflect their contemporary cultures and various interests. Pajunen is a violinist, and Niku an accordionist; their lithe instrumentals and beautiful vocal harmonies in both Finnish and English demonstrate how gracefully traditional and modern folk music can speak together. Pajunen is a former Finlandia Foundation National Performer of the Year. Aallotar has performed throughout the United States and at European festivals, including Kaustinen Folk Music Festival and Sounds of the North in Gdansk, Poland. They released their debut recording ‘In Transit’ in 2014.
Sunday, August 19, 2018, Noon to 3pm, Finnic Picnic, Lindgren Cabin, Warrenton:
Annual Finnic Picnic at the Lindgren House, Cullaby Lake County Park, 89990 Hawkins Rd, Warrenton, Oregon. Free tours of the Lindgren Cabin.