“Bittersweet is a fusion sound and a melding of both Finnish and American folk traditions; the album embodies both musical landscapes. Jarvi has taken the Nordic sound and also brought it into American folk, sometimes evoking mountain music and café accordion sound. Her voice is resonant, rich, and she uses it like an instrument.” -Sheila Packa and Kathy McTavish -New World Finn
When I began working on bittersweet I thought it would be a recording that would center on my love of the kantele. While nine of the fourteen tracks do have kanteles on them, I saw a different theme emerge when I started choosing songs and going into the studio. Eight of the tunes are specifically songs about women. And the others could definitely be songs sung by women, one lullaby-Nukku Matti, Meri Lintu, a song about a lost love, and a waltz from the past, Valssi Menneiltä Ajoilta.
I kept tripping across my family history as I worked on this recording. [Read More…]