Carl Rahkonen, Music Librarian, presented a paper titled “Finnish American Music in Archival Collections, or the Best Things I Learned on Sabbatical” at the annual meeting of the Atlantic Chapter of the Music Library Association held in the Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh October 12, 2018. His paper examined various surprises found in archival collections in the Upper Midwest and in Finland.
Rahkonen spoke about Finnish American musicians who combine Caribbean drumming, American old time, hillbilly, bluegrass, and jazz with the original Finnish waltzes, jenkkas, and polkas. These musicians didn’t see these styles as separate streams, but rather as combinations of cultural traditions defining contemporary Finnish American music.
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