Our enrichment class slate for the upcoming festival includes a jouhikko workshop, harmonium workshop, songwriting workshop, squeaky cheese (leipäjuusto) making, introduction to spinning, and folk dance.
Twin Cities-based singer/songwriter Jonathan Rundman will be the festival artist-in-residence. Rundman was born in Hancock and raised in Ishpeming. He will conduct workshops and perform throughout the week. All ages are welcome.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 6 P.M., JOUHIKKO LECTURE/RECITAL
Join instrument-maker Alice Margerum and musicians Oren Tikkanen, Matthew Durocher, and Clare Zuraw to learn about the traditional Finnish instrument called the jouhikko. Featuring instruments built in Finland and here in the Copper Country, the group will perform a variety of tunes and discuss the history and construction of the jouhikko. Admission is $8.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24th, 6PM, SONGWRITING WORKSHOP
Jonathan will address various issues regarding the craft of songwriting, and professional skill development of the composer. Depending on the needs/interest of the group, topics can include: creativity, composition, music theory, brainstorming, showbiz, marketing, touring, DIY. All levels of experience are welcome! If you would like to share a song (or partial song idea) for critique, please bring a recording (CD and boom box, or ipod w/ speakers, etc.) of the song (home demo is fine!), OR bring an instrument so you can sing/play the song in person. Also, bring 15 copies of the lyric sheet. Jonathan will offer a constructive critique of your song. Jonathan will also be available for Q&A. Participants are encouraged to bring notebooks, staff paper, iPhones, iPads, etc.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25th, 6PM FINNISH FOLK MUSIC WORKSHOP
Jonathan will facilitate a workshop for keyboard players who would like to learn about playing harmonium / pump organ, with a focus on Nordic folk music. Jonathan has presented this workshop previously at various Finnfests and Scandinavian Folk Festivals. He has toured the United States and Finland playing harmonium with Kaivama, Arto Järvelä, Walter Salas-Humara, and as a solo artist. As a session musician, Jonathan has played harmonium, piano, Wurlitzer, accordion, and Hammond organ for a variety of folk, rock, and gospel albums. Piano players, accordionists, organists, and rock/blues keyboard players are encouraged to attend! Learn some traditional and contemporary Finnish tunes, and explore different approaches to harmonium accompaniment and arrangement. BRING YOUR OWN portable keyboard or accordion if possible! A few authentic harmoniums will be available for participants to try, as well as an acoustic piano, accordions, and other instruments. To reserve your place at our enrichment classes, call 906-482-1413.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2 P.M. AND 6 P.M., SQUEAKY CHEESE WORKSHOP
Finnish American Heritage Center archivist Joanna Chopp, a native of Toivola, Michigan and longtime Finnish culture enthusiast, will share tips and techniques on making the Finnish-American favorite Squeaky Cheese (leipäjuusto). Workshops will take place at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Participants need to attend only one session. $15 per person. Call (906) 482-1413 to register.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2 P.M. AND 6 P.M., INTRODUCTION TO SPINNING WORKSHOP
Jeanne Medlyn, a well-versed fiber artist, will offer instruction on the basics of the fiber art of spinning. This will be a great opportunity for beginners to learn a new craft, or for other to refresh their skills. Workshops will take place at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Participants need to attend only one session. $15 per person. Call (906) 482-1413 to register.