Mimmit

Mimmit

BandWorldChildren's Music

A new and refreshing take on Finno-Karelian world music for children and the young-at-heart with mythological undertones! Mimmit is an exiting duo of two sisters coming from a small village near the Russian border in eastern Finland. These sisters inevitably put any audience in a good spirits!

Biography

A new and refreshing take on Finno-Karelian world music for children and the young-at-heart with mythological undertones!

Mimmit has a big mission: They want to make children fall in love with world and ethnic music before they get too suspicious about “alternative” music styles! Do you think they can? Find out and listen to the songs!

Mimmit ( “Chicks”) is an exiting duo of two sisters coming from a small village called Rääkkylä near the Russian border in eastern Finland. Mimmit are full of song and dance and inevitably put any audience in a good spirits! Their first CD “Hats, Hats Harakkainen” was released in October 2008 and consists of 10 infectious original compositions by Mimmit.

“Hats Hats Harakkainen” was received very well. It was nominated for Finland´s Best Children´s CD ( Emma award, Finnish Grammy) in 2008. Finnish television (TV2) was also sufficiently impressed with Mimmit and their performance to broadcast it, and so Mimmit sing and dance in the most popular Finnish children´s TV-program (Pikku Kakkonen). “Hats Hats Harakkainen” has also received glowing reviews in the media across Europe.

Mimmit on stage is an exiting experience with music, dance, exotic instruments and visual elements.The Finnish language is not a problem for non-Finns, the spirit of the music exhilarates everyone! Also the background graphics lead audience to a mystical fairy tale world.

The “Hats Hats Harakkainen” CD is full of characters straight out of Finno-Karelian mythology: creatures of the Forest, princesses, mermaids, water-elves, trolls and characters from Kalevala like the Magical Giant Eagle and the Witch of Lappland. The fresh sound of the CD is due to the use of different ethnic acoustic instruments like kantele, guitars, mandolins, accordion, minipiano, kaval, low whistle, percussions, dobro.

THE MIMMIT STORY:

Sisters Pauliina Lerche and Hannamari Luukkanen have played, sung and danced together their entire lives. Coming from a small village called Rääkkylä near the Russian border, they are deeply rooted in traditional Finnish - specifically Karelian- music. The sisters are also skilled in traditional handicrafts and cooking.

Pauliina embarked on her musical path at the age of four by playing the fiddle. She was a member of the original line-up of Värttinä. She has released several acclaimed CDs and has toured extensively both domestically and internationally. Overseas she has a particularly strong following in Japan, where her concerts and albums have been consistently well received. Karelian music is a passion for Pauliina but she also has a life “outside” music with her two lovely little daughters; playing, drawing, reading stories, baking Karelian pasties…

Hannamari fell in love with Karelian ethnic music already at the age of five when she started playing the fiddle. Her voice and original style of singing is a perfect match with Pauliina´s vocals. On stage Hannamari also plays fiddle, the minipiano and dances, sometimes even at the same time! In her spare time Hannamari goes folk dancing or stitches embroidery for Mimmit costumes or Pauliinas little girls.

THE MIMMIT PROJECT:

Pauliina`s soloalbum ”Malanja”, released in 2006, became an unexpected hit with the extended family’s little girls: they listened the CD incessantly, learning the lyrics by heart, and driving their parents to exasperation. Thus the idea of this record was born: to produce an album of full-bodied ethnic music for children. Savour the experience!

Discography

Mimmit: Hats, Hats Harakkainen (PLACD060)2008

The “Hats Hats Harakkainen” CD is full of characters straight out of Finno-Karelian mythology: creatures of the Forest, princesses, mermaids, water-elves, trolls and characters from Kalevala like the Magical Giant Eagle and the Witch of Lappland. The fresh sound of the CD is due to the use of different ethnic acoustic instruments like kantele, guitars, mandolins, accordion, minipiano, kaval, low whistle, percussions, dobro.

Set List

1.Hats Hats Harakkainen (Hats, Hats Raven): music & lyrics by Pauliina Lerche, arr. Peter Lerche
2.Tänä iltan (Tonight): music by Pauliina Lerche, lyrics by Pauliina Lerche/trad. arr. Tuomas Logrèn
3.Hauen sanalla (The Word according to Magical Pike): music & lyrics by Pauliina Lerche, arr. Peter Lerche
4.Jo Mie Viikon (A long time awaiting): music by Pauliina Lerche/trad. lyrics by Pauliina Lerche, arr. Peter Lerche
5. Katrillin Poika (Son of Katrilli): music by Pauliina Lerche, arr. Tuomas Logrèn
6.Kaksitoista Kaarnetta (Twelve Ravens): music, lyrics & arr. by Pauliina Lerche
7.Tanssi Poika (Dance, oh Boy): music & lyrics by Pauliina Lerche/trad, arr.. Tuomas Logrèn
8.Kuninkaan Tyttäret (Kings Daughters): music & lyrics by Pauliina Lerche, arr. Tuomas Logrèn
9.Pakkasherra (Master of Winter): music & lyrics by Pauliina Lerche, arr. Peter Lerche
10.Muamon marja (kehtolaulu) (Lullaby of Muamo- Mother): music by Pauliina Lerche & Hannamari Luukkanen, lyrics by Pauliina Lerche,