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Tjärnblom: Nordic music with a Minnesota twist!

June 12, 2022 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm


Tjärnblom plays Swedish, Finnish and Minnesota-made tunes played on nyckelharpa, mandolin/guitar, cello and harmonium. The repertoire dates mostly to the 19th and 20th centuries, with a few recently composed selections in the mix. Many of the tunes are made for dancing — waltz, schottische, polska, långdans; others, for processionals, and some just for listening. Often, selections are named for a person, place, or event.

Tjärnblom’s arrangements draw on traditional styles that sometimes go in nontraditional directions. The instrumentation features Swedish nyckelharpa, a folk instrument with 4 playing strings, 37 keys and 12 resonating strings, played with a short bow. Mandolin, guitar, cello and harmonium, a portable type of pump organ, play countermelodies, harmony and rhythm. On occasion, näverlur, a birchbark natural horn, and water drum, add unique sound color.


June 12, 2022
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Karl Oskar House Ki Chi Saga Park
29101 Glader Blvd
Lindström, MN
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