Jonathan Rundman

astute folk/rock music for domestic, ecclesiastical, and automotive use

"bright, catchy indie-pop" NEW YORK TIMES

"clever, intelligent songwriting" PASTE MAGAZINE

"beguiling" CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

 

ADVENTURES IN NORDIC MUSIC

In the Spring of 2016 my new solo album LOOK UP was released in Finland! The album contains a variety of songs inspired by my Finnish heritage, presented in rock, pop, and Americana formats. 

In October of 2016 I'll be touring in Finland, including a performance at the Lost In Music Festival in Tampere

I look forward to connecting with audiences, festivals, radio, and media outlets across the Nordic countries!

CLICK HERE for Finnish language details about the album's release.

Email me at rundman@gmail.com to inquire about booking, airplay, and licensing in Europe.

Finnish language bookers and media outlets may contact Johanna Tahlo johanna@hurjamedia.fi at Hurja Media

I've experimented with Nordic music and performed in Finland and Sweden since 2000. Recently I've enjoyed opportunities to explore my Finnish-American identity more deeply.

I've spent from 2010 to 2013 touring North America with the Finnish-American instrumental folk duo KAIVAMA. We released our self-titled debut album in 2011 and collaborated with Finnish fiddler extraordinaire Arto Järvelä for our follow-up recording. The trio album Arto Järvelä & Kaivama was released in Europe in 2013 and was nominated for Folk Music Album of the Year 2013 by the Finnish Central Committee of Folk Music and Dance, Kansanmusiikki.

Arto Järvelä & Kaivama trio album, released in Europe 2013, and in USA 2012. CLICK HERE to purchase.

Arto Järvelä & Kaivama trio album, released in Europe 2013, and in USA 2012. CLICK HERE to purchase.

Kaivama album, released 2011. CLICK HERE to purchase.

Kaivama album, released 2011. CLICK HERE to purchase.

I play guitar and mandolin on the tune “Ukon ja akan riita” featured on the Arctic Paradise 2014 CD compilation published by Music Finland. This recording originally appeared on the Arto Järvelä & Kaivama album.

I play guitar and mandolin on the tune “Ukon ja akan riita” featured on the Arctic Paradise 2014 CD compilation published by Music Finland. This recording originally appeared on the Arto Järvelä & Kaivama album.

I play harmonium on the tune “Martnas-Marsj” featured on the CD7 compilation published by Kansanmusiikki. This recording originally appeared on the Arto Järvelä & Kaivama album.

I play harmonium on the tune “Martnas-Marsj” featured on the CD7 compilation published by KansanmusiikkiThis recording originally appeared on the Arto Järvelä & Kaivama album.

Before my immersion via Kaivama in the acoustic, instrumental pelimanni tradition, I performed in Finland and Sweden as a pop/rock artist. In 2009 I co-wrote a song with my cousin Carl-Kristian Rundman, "Lanka (The Thread)."

Carl-Kristian wrote the Finnish lyrics, I wrote the music, and I recorded the song featuring vocalists from the group Saana Ensemble.

Finns are familiar with Carl-Kristian's acting appearances in theater, TV, and film, including his lead role in the hit MTV3 television drama Helppo Elämä. Carl-Kristian highlighted the song during a guest appearance on Radio Suomi. Below is a SoundCloud link for "Lanka (The Thread)," and other Nordic music I've recorded.

NORDIC VENUES / EVENTS

Here are some places I've performed:

PRESS COVERAGE