Artvesting · New Music From Diane Jarvi

Diane Jarvi Kantele I am working on a new recording and you can help make it happen!

Current Amount received from Artvestors: $3775.00! Kiitos!

This is exciting because I’m including the kantele on many of the tracks. What is a kantele? Well, it is a traditional folk harp from Finland. It commonly ranges in size from 5 -36 strings.

You see, when I pick up a kantele and play, I’m also picking up a set of musical traditions, a history, a mythology, and an art form. That’s one of the greatest rewards of being a musician. And I can play music that speaks to the shy girl inside me. Kanteles are some of the world’s softest sounding instruments. In the bird world, kanteles would be those birds you hear, but never see. They have a mesmerizing sound that can be haunting, sparkling, raw and moody.

For more than thirty years I have followed various musical paths, beginning with American folk roots, stopping at jazz, hopping the world music train, and engaging in my own songwriting. Twenty of those years I have been compelled to pick up and play the kantele. Why? It’s a bit of sun that lights in the hand.back-this

So I am going back to my roots to record songs from Finland and Finnish-America.

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Books by Diane Jarvenpa

The Tender, Wild Things by Diane Jarvi

The Tender, Wild Things

The Tender, Wild Things, winner of The Many Voices Project at New Rivers Press. “This is a wonderful book and a gorgeous journey not to be missed.” -Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of Year of the Snake

Ancient Wonders - The Modern World by Diane Jarvenpa

Ancient Wonders: The Modern World

A sequence of six poems by Diane Jarvenpa that brings us to the crossroads where the mysteries of the past and the simple awe of the day-to-day meet. Sheralyn Barnes provided six images to accompany each section. The images were printed from magnesium engravings made from the scratch-board originals.

Divining the Landscape by Diane Jarvenpa

Divining the Landscape

“Diane Jarvenpa tells us there are things we cannot see: how flowers grow, what the prairie dreams, how summers come, where muskrats go. She honors too the complexities of the people closest to her, like her immigrant grandparents and her parents. She knows there are some things that can only be explained with poetry. That is why these poems begin with words but always end in music.” -Jim Johnson, author of Wolves