Mon May 1, 2017 / 7 pm
Finnish Murder Ballads, Folk and Runo Songs
Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L (Bones of the Dead Crazy Horses)
365 Fifth Avenue
(bet. 34th and 35th Streets)
Trains: B,D,F,M to 34th St.; 6 to 33rd St.
Tickets $25; $20 for Graduate Center Members and Students (contact 212-817-8215 for discount information)
Produced and curated by Live Sounds.
Finland's wild man of the jouhikko (bowed lyre)... dark swamp-blues grooves, his gnomic, Incredible-String-Band-paralleling vocals leading a massed chorus in a steamy, punky extension of the runo-song tradition
Pekko Käppi is a visionary Finnish folk music composer, singer and musician whose works have revolutionized the standards of playing the ancient Finnish instrument jouhikko, a bowed lyre. His music has been described as 'swaying between the foul and lovely, dirty and pure incorporating elements from blues, rock and experimental archaic chaos into traditional songs that draw their inspiration (and bloodlust) from murder ballads of yore. As a singer and a researcher Pekko is well versed in the Finnish runo-singing tradition among the older layers of Finnish folk songs. Pekko will be joined by Tommi Laine on cigar box guitars, vocals and percussion and Nuutti Vapaavuori on cigar box bass and vocals