Finnish Snow-walks and Dances

Snow on Vinyl!

Beware! , winter is lying in wait behind its snow cloud on a near horizon. This great collection of modern and traditional snow folk and rituals will sooth your mind and bring a bunch of strange and wonderful tunes and stories to your ear. Published in 2005 as a vinyl (nope, no CDs!), there are still some copies left. I wouldn’t hesitate… but I don’t have to…

For a taste, check this “Snow core” vid: Dark Cough by Leikata ja Liimata.

 

Recordings of Snow Music are rare, and even more rarely are they presented to a greater public. This may seem curious, considering that the Kalevala, the national epos of the Finnish people, explicitly mentions songs scooped out of the frost. Despite this lack of official presentation, snow tunes and rituals have been performed long before and after the publication of the Kalevala in 1835.This album now lays some of the finest examples of Finnish Snow Music in your hands. Most of the material ori-ginates from field recordings made in North Karelia and Lapland. The modern pieces were recorded in Helsinki, Turku and Tampere.

Snow Music can be performed in a variety of manners: traditional, modernist, eccentric. And a new generation of musicians has taken on the task of evaluating and redefining the older traditions of ritual tunes and word magic. The impact of Snow Music has grown with the increasing need for a musical identity incorporating the poetic universe of snow. With this compilation, Snow Music marks its entry into the 21st century.

Sisukas Poronainen, February 2005

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