The Jouhikko Project

Bringing the Jouhikko from Karelia to North America

After nearly being forgotten, the traditional Finnish bowed lyre, the jouhikko, is now enjoying a revival in Finland. In North America the instrument is still mostly unknown, even among communities with deep Finnish roots like Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With funding from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Finlandia Foundation, musician Clare Zuraw is studying traditional jouhikko technique and repertoire. Working with instrument maker Alice Margerum, Zuraw teaches and performs to raise awareness about the fascinating, but sometimes forgotten Finnish folk instrument. Joining forces with musicians Oren Tikkanen and Matthew Durocher, Zuraw and Margerum also perform as the group Jouhikombo.

2018 Events 

Photo credit: Kristin Ojaniemi

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)

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)

2017 Events 

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

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)