Kardemimmit to hit the Stephens Auditorium Stage


Courtesy of center.iastate.edu

Kardemimmit, a Finnish musical band, is set to perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 20, at Stephens Auditorium. They are an all-female group of four women, and their band name comes from the Finnish word “mimmit,” representing girls who are bold in nature.

The group writes and performs their own music using the kantele, the Finnish national instrument. This instrument is similar to a mix between a guitar and a harp, and their style of music is traditional Finnish folk and dance music with beats that are typically uplifting and positive.

“We’d like to encourage all students who are interested in indie folk pop — or think they might be — to come hear our music,” Anna Wegelius, band member, said. “Though the instrument might be ancient, we have a fresh but somewhat familiar approach to the music. I think it might be a good way to get to hear something new and inspiring! Our music is available wherever music is streamed online, so it might be a good idea to listen to a few tracks beforehand to get a taste of what it’s going to be like.”

Kardemimmit started in 2000 and was nominated for Band of the Year in 2004 by the Kantele Association. In 2005, they won the International Kantele Competition.

The auditorium doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets cost $20, and the performance is open to the public. Face masks, as well as vaccination cards, are not required to enter the event. However, Stephens Auditorium does have a clear bag policy.

Tickets for their show in Ames can be found at the Iowa State Center website, and upcoming shows can be found on Kardemimmit’s website.