A singer, songwriter, guitarist and kantele player (Finnish folk harp), Diane Jarvi is a versatile performer of folk and world music. In addition to her own compositions, Jarvi is known for her intimate and authentic interpretations of tangos, waltzes, gypsy music, ballads, jazz standards and cabaret songs from around the world.
Diane Jarvi’s recordings Foreign Winds, Revontuli, Flying Into Blue and Paper Heart are heard on radio throughout Europe, Australia as well as around the US. She has been the recent subject of two film documentaries, Muistot and Kaipuu, by the award-winning Finnish filmmaker Erkki Määtänen. She is known in Finland as Minnesotan Satakieli — The Minnesota Nightingale. She has been the recipient of artistic grants and awards including a McKnight MacPhail performing fellowship and awarded Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year. In 2010 she was the recipient of a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund from the Minnesota State Arts Board to teach kantele in the town of Cokato, MN. She has also received a writing fellowship grant and an artist initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
On Wild Gardens, her most recent CD, Jarvi travels through the gardens of France, Finland, Sweden, Chile, the British Isles and Texas. Jarvi’s wondrously rich voice captures these distinct places with her rare mix of jazz, tango, folk, and gypsy sounds. The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls it, “ one of the best Minnesota recordings of 2007… delivering poetic jazzy world folk.” Joining her on the recording; Dean Magraw-guitar, Marc Anderson-percussion, Gordy Johnson-bass, Clint Hoover-harmonica, Dan Newton-accordion, Brian Barnes-mandolin, Anna Vazquez-cello, and Ralph Tuttila-jouhikko.
An award-winning poet under the name Diane Jarvenpa, Jarvi has three books of poetry. Her most recent book, The Tender, Wild Things, was published by New Rivers Press.
All of her recordings blend the artistry of her songwriting with her love of world music and poetry.
“A voice that moves bewitchingly from dark to light.” Ilta-Sanomat, Helsinki
“The raw, yet understated power of Jarvi’s voice is sweet, yet sensuous.” Susan Buddig -worldmusiccentral.org
“Her voice is heavenly, her songs superb.” Hal Davis -Minneapolis Star Tribune