Finnish American Music Series: Diane Järvi and The Way She Told Her Story

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@ 11:00 am CDT - 12:30 pm CDT

Rebel girls, gypsies, brides, vagabonds, maids, daughters, mothers, artists, journalists and revolutionaries. Finnish immigrant women came to the U.S. and constructed new lives with a new language and new identities. Through songs and poetry from the voices and experiences of Finnish and Finnish-American women, Jarvi shares their resistance, independence, sorrow, strength and legacy.

Diane Jarvi—singer, songwriter, guitarist, kantele player and poet—has been a performer of folk and world music in addition to her own compositions for thirty years. Her six solo recordings and five books of poetry under Diane Jarvenpa have also explored her ethnic heritage, all of her grandparents emigrated from Finland. Her newest book, The Way She Told Her Story and most recent CD, bittersweet, tell stories of women’s immigrant experiences (


Co-sponsored by Finn Fest USA and the Nordic Folklife project at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the music series features noted performers and scholars of Finnish-American folk music. Register at the link below for this and future events. Links to the virtual program will be sent to your registered email address one day in advance of the event.



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