Origins Series

Saturday, October 1, 2022
Doors: 7 PM | Show: 7:30 PM

Scandinavia House – 58 Park Avenue, Manhattan

Tickets: $25 

Co-presented with Scandinavia House

Storytelling and Live WMI Folktales podcast recording at 4 PM | Doors at 3:45 PM (free event)

Kardemimmit are back after their magical performance with Väsen at Littlefield in 2019, presented by WMI. This time the all-female quartet brings 15 and 38-stringed silvery-toned kanteles (the national instrument of Finland), mesmerizing harmonies, and the sounds of the Finnish forest to Scandinavia House. The concert will be preceded by a free afternoon of storytelling including a live recording of an episode of the WMI Folk Tales podcast, in which storyteller Bill Gordh will deliver a Finnish folk tale accompanied by a fully improvised musical performance by Kardemimmit. All ages welcome.

The ORIGINS series features artists who delve into the folklore and roots of their respective culture’s music to tell the story of their origins, preserving and affirming cultural identities and legacies.

The FOLK TALES podcast is an original production that features improvised re-imaginings of classic folk tales from around the world set to music. Hosted by acclaimed storyteller Bill Gordh, each episode invites a guest musician to improvise a culturally-appropriate score in dialogue with Bill’s inspired re-tellings of beloved stories from around the globe. Recommended for children of all ages.

WMI Folk Tales podcasts are supported by a grant from Con Edison and music lovers like you. We thank you!

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Bill Gordh is an award-winning storyteller, author, educator, early childhood and elementary literacy specialist and consultant. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum in Houston, TX, the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, the Clearwater Festival and for three years was a featured storyteller at the White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington DC.