Diane Jarvi explores the roots and vines, the flowers and the shadows, on her fifth CD release, Wild Gardens (Lupine Records). The tranquility that infuses Diane’s vocal style compellingly traverses the landscape where emotions converge – joyfulness, mourning, hope, rebirth.
Accompanied by her own guitar and kantele (Finnish folk harp), Diane is joined by a stellar roster of Twin Cities musicians on originals, traditional songs and contemporary covers. The 13 tracks include a rich blend of folk, jazz, tangos and Gypsy sounds – a range matched by a breadth of languages.
Diane is a Minneapolis native whose grandparents all emigrated from Finland, a heritage she has embraced throughout her career. On Wild Gardens, Diane’s poetic tales are sung in English, Finnish, Swedish and Occitan (a language of Medieval French troubadours).
- Diane Jarvi, vocals, guitar, kantele
- Gordy Johnson – bass
- Marc Anderson – percussion
- Brian Barnes – guitar, mandolin
- Dean Magraw – guitar
- Dan Newton – accordion
- Clint Hoover – harmonica
- Ralph Tutilla – jouhikko
- Anna Vazquez – cello