Finnish fiddle duo Teho to perform June 10

| Denise Olson

Blugold music students and area fans of folk music will have two opportunities to take in the talent and expertise of highly acclaimed Finnish fiddle duo Teho on June 10 and 11.

The fiddlers who make up the duo, Tero Hyväluoma and Esko Järvelä, are both top-notch names in the Nordic folk music field. They are crossover freelancers without genre boundaries who have played together for years in various projects. The artists debuted their first album under the name Teho in 2018, receiving the Finnish equivalent of a Grammy nomination for the collection.

The album was reviewed by FolkWorld magazine, calling it "intricately arranged, and played with passion and precision," and a Finnish publication, Kansanmusiikki Magazine, published a review that openly ponders "how only two fiddlers can create such a full and massive thrill."

The duo's sound is described as a blend of Finnish traditional fiddling, Norwegian halling, Swedish polska, bebop, western swing and composed, contemporary folk music. Teho was introduced at the Konsta Jylhä Competition, the most significant folk music competition in Finland, as artists who "combine musical elements widely and creatively, mastering their instruments on a virtuoso level, giving them unlimited musical possibilities."

The Monday, June 10, concert begins at 7 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center and is free and open to the public.

The master class is set for Tuesday, June 11, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall. 

These events are sponsored by UW-Eau Claire’s Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement. For more information, contact CIGE at cige@uwec.edu.