The Jouhikko Project

Bringing the Jouhikko from Karelia to North America

With funding from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Finlandia Foundation, instrument maker Alice Margerum and musician Clare Zuraw are studying the essentials of making and playing the traditional Finnish bowed lyre, the jouhikko.  After courses and fieldwork in Finland, Margerum and Zuraw will teach and perform in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to raise awareness about this fascinating, but sometimes forgotten Finnish folk instrument in a community that is passionate about its Finnish heritage. Joining forces with musicians Oren Tikkanen and Matthew Durocher, they also perform as the group Jouhikombo. 

2018 Events: 

Saturday 10/20 10:30am – Finn Funn Weekend – solo presentation & performance (Troy, NH)

Friday 6/22 & Saturday 6/23 – Juhannus – Jouhikko building workshop with Alice Margerum & music workshop with Clare Zuraw. Call (906) 487-7549 for more information and to register. (Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, MI & Agate Beach, Toivola, MI)

Alice and Clare

Photo credit: Kristin Ojaniemi

Sun. 1/28/18 2pm – performance with the Ilon Kaiku Kantele Ensemble (Zion Lutheran Church, Hancock, MI)

Sat. 1/27/18 2pm – Jouhikombo – performance, Heikinpäivä Tori (Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, MI)

Tue. 1/23/18 6pm – Jouhikombo @ Heikinpäivä – lecture and performance with Alice Margerum, Matthew Durocher, and Oren Tikkanen (Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, MI)

Jouhikombo: Matthew Durocher, Alice Margerum, Oren Tikkanen, Clare Zuraw

2017 Events: 

Tue. 12/12/17 6pm – Jouhikko Lecture & Demonstration – with Alice Margerum and Matthew Durocher (Portage Lake District Library, Houghton, MI)

Wed. 2/1/17 6:30pm – Jouhikko: Forgotten Finnish Folk Fiddle? Lecture on the history of the jouhikko (Calumet Public Library, Calumet, MI)

Sun. 1/29/17 2pmHeikinpäivä Hymn Sing & Concert – Performance with The Ilon Kaiku Kantele Ensemble (Zion Lutheran Church, Hancock, MI)