The four women of Kardemimmit all sing and play the Finnish national instrument – the kantele. If you’re new to the kantele, think zither or dulcimer: the quartet play both the 15-stringed and 38-stringed varieties. Their powerful vocals draw from Finnish refi-singing, Eastern Finnish archaic improvisation, and ancient runo singing. In live performance, the sound is thrilling. The kanteles and vocal harmonies make Kardemimmit a standout contemporary Nordic ensemble and a Lotus Festival favorite!