The women of Kardemimmit sing and play the Finnish national instrument – the kantele. If you’re new to the kantele, think zither or dulcimer: the quartet has mastered both the 15-stringed and 38-stringed varieties. The distinctive sound of this plucked acoustic instrument and their delicate, tight vocal harmonies in a style of singing known as “reki” make Kardemimmit a standout contemporary Nordic ensemble. Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius, and Leeni Wegelius write music for their voices and instruments, a new folk music rooted in Finnish tradition. Lotus fan tip: Listening to Kardemimmit on disk or in video is one thing; their powerful live performance is simply remarkable.

Friday, Sept. 25

First Presbyterian Church, 9-10:15pm

Saturday, Sept. 26

First United Methodist Church, 7:15-8:30pm

Presented in partnership with IU Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource CenterIU Department of Central Eurasian StudiesFriends of Old Time & Celtic Music, and Women of Lotus.

Kardemimmit – 2013 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival