Tjärnblom is Cheryl Paschke, Val Eng, Mary Crimi and Joe Alfanofriends who get together to play Scandinavian music. Minneapolis residents, they travel on a modern "Snoose Boulevard Highway" and go where the music takes them. Their repertoire consists of tunes, old and new, both for dancing and listening, played on nyckelharpas, fiddles, mandolins and a harmonium. They take the name Tjärnblom in honor of Cheryl's grandfather; translated from Swedish, it means woodland lake flower.
"And therein lies the charm and the beauty of the nyckelharpa and Tjärnblom - the group, not the flower. Out of this Medieval instrument, hewed and coaxed from wood, strung with metal, pre-industrial age in engineering, comes some of the most subtle and beautiful music that one can imagine. Heavy boots stomping across a dance floor, but also spring flowers around a pond: it is all there in the nyckelharpa, as played by Cheryl Paschke (first nyckelharpa) and Mary Crimi (second nyckelharpa)." - Kim Peltoniemi, Certifed Ethnomusicological Technician
|Nicollet Island Waltz
Tjärnblom is the name of a Swedish flower and this album is yet another flower born in Minneapolis’ Scandinavian American music community. Two nyckelharpas (Swedish key fiddle) played by Cheryl Paschke and Mary Crimi are joined by the sound of harmonium (Val Eng) and octave mandolin (Joe Alfano). The result is a beautiful blending of string and wind sounds. The tunes are a journey through several provinces in Sweden, new tunes from Minnesota, two tunes from Finland and a Gaelic melody as well. The exquisite arrangements of the tunes delight the ear. Tjärnblom loves to play music for dancing. So be prepared to keep your feet moving as you listen to their joyful Swedish folk music.
CD Price: $14.97