Serendipitous US–Finnish duo featuring nyckelharpa, 5-string fiddle, piano, and harmonium.
Drawn together by a shared love of Swedish folk fiddling and its rich harmonies, Juha and lydia offer joyful interpretations of traditional and modern tunes, along with their own trad-influenced compositions. Polskas, waltzes, schottises, marches!
Forests of birch trees are a striking feature of the Nordic landscape—along roadsides in southern Finland, lining impossibly steep ravines in northern Sweden—and they form a link to the northeastern US landscape as well, a thread that binds the countries where our music comes fom. “Koivu” = “birch” in Finnish.
released December 14, 2018
All arrangements by Juha Kujanpää and lydia ievins
Produced by lydia ievins and Juha Kujanpää
Recorded by Teemu Korpipää and Juha Kujanpää at Villa Vikan, Persböle, Finland
Mixed by Garrett Sawyer, Northfire Studios, Amherst MA, USA
Mastered by Dan Richardson, up in the basement, Brattleboro VT, USA
Photos by Teemu Korpipää, Andrea Larson, and lydia ievins
Graphic design by lydia ievins
For bookings and additional info, see lydiamusic.org/koivu