Finnish folk musicians Arto and Antti Järvelä will perform two concerts in Marquette County. The first will take place on Friday, Oct. 10, in the fellowship hall of Bethel Lutheran Church in Ishpeming. The second will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Reynolds Recital Hall in the C.B. Hedgcock Building at Northern Michigan University as part of the Beaumier Coffee House Series. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. and admission is free, with donations accepted. The duo will also conduct a free strings workshop at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in room 250 of NMU's Thomas Fine Arts Building.
Cousins Arto and Antti are members of the famous Järvelä music family of Kaustinen, Finland. They are in the midst of a U.S. fall tour, playing music from their first album together, “Os fera liluli.” Arto's and Antti's roots are naturally in their family's traditional Ostrobothnian dance music and ceremonial tunes. With the influence of international traveling and late-night music sessions, both cousins are composers of original music, continuing and expanding the tradition while staying firmly rooted in it. For many years, Arto and Antti have been making music together and separately with different groups, most notably JPP and Frigg.