Rhythms of the Tundra

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Singing Frog is where world, indigenous, new age and ambient music crosses global and musical borders to bring new and exciting rhythms and melodies, and retrieve ancient and traditional sounds.

A live musical meeting between three northern indigenous peoples and traditions: cross-over music played from the roots with a raw atavistic musicality, with soaring joik, hypnotic khomus and pulsating percussion.

 

Indigenous music is fundamentally social, and a medium for the cultural life of a people ceremonially and ritualistically. The musical forms on Rhythms aren’t composed, but arise from this direct and holistic form, and express experiences and/or a relationship to this and the surroundings.

 

The joiker hears a joik and sings or joiks it. The khomus’s energy dovetails with the energy of the player and the musical subject, and evolves from this relationship. Native American drumming and chants evolve from similar direct responses.  The music of Rhythms breathes and sparkles in this live setting. The instruments and vocals intertwine and play off each other in a fascinating and deep but playful musical alchemy.  Spontaneity is fundamental, and the music performance is unique.

 

The idea for a joint concert came about when Dancing Thunder first met Spiridon in Yakutia. Spiridon said to him that if anything was going on in Europe he could come and play. And when Dancing Thunder suggested they play together, Spiridon said “sure.” Later when Dancing Thunder first heard Lars-Ánte’s Birrasis album, he sensed the opportunity to bring together the sound of the three northern indigenous peoples. The idea of a concert and its recording was born.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to put the spotlight on northern indigenous cultures, to introduce their traditions and to show how closely related they are to one another, but also to hear this in their music. Not only that, there was an immediate friendship!

 

Lars-Ánte Kuhmunenis a Sámi from a family of reindeer herders in northern Sweden. He began joiking as early as he can remember, and performing joiks from the age of twelve. In 2006 his debut album Birrasis won the prestigious Norwegian Folk Music award for “Innovative/experimental record of the year”. He is the first Sami artist to win a Norwegian Folk Music Award.

 

Spiridon Shishiginis from Yakutia (Sakha) in Siberia and a great and respected master of the khomus. He has been playing the khomus since he was ten years olds and is renowned for both his technical brilliance and innovation. He has won numerous international awards and been instrumental in promoting the khomus worldwide. More recently, he has been exploring the traditional healing aspects of khomus music.

 

Chief Dancing Thunderis the Principal Chief of the Susquehannock tribe in the State of Florida. He is a ceremonial leader and teacher of Native American healing arts, a shaman. Percussionist for traditional Native American ceremonies and music, he has been drumming for as long as he can remember.