Sara Pajunen is a violinist, composer and sound artist based in Duluth, MN. Centering projects around themes of culture, immigration, and home, she has released six albums in connection with her Finnish ancestry - including the most recent Aallotar recording on Nordic Notes. In 2018, Pajunen launched 'Mine Songs,' a long-term project that explores the altered landscape of the Mesabi Iron Range through sound. Pajunen was the 2015-16 Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year and her work has received funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Koneen Säätiö, and the Arts Council of Finland. She holds music degrees in both the United States and Finland and has studied in the Contemporary Improvisation Department at New England Conservatory.