Singer and actress
RUNO-SONG – welcome to experience a unique singing tradition of Estonia and the ancient Finno-Ugric peoples
With Jaak Johanson
On the shores of the Gulf of Finland the ancient Finno-Ugric peoples originated a unique singing tradition, called RUNO-SONG or REGI-LAUL.
Old traditional songs of Estonians, Finns, Carelians, Izhorians and Votes constitute a single phenomenon. It is generally believed that this singing tradition, common to the Balto-Finns, started to take shape in the first centuries of the common era or perhaps a bit earlier. It is kind of surprising that exactly here in Estonia this tradition has been living up to the second half of the last century, having so been well recorded and acknowledged as the roots of our renowned singing culture. Based on the constant repetition of eight-syllable verses, between the lead singer and the chorus, these really archaic songs produce haunting sound- and mind-scapes, able to connect the fleeing present with the eternal circle of life. Against the stunning setting of modern Estonia, these songs still fire the imagination, weaving together eternally restless and obviously lost human spirit, with nature, with ancestors, with the One, whose name we even don’t remember … maybe …
# first of all we’ll just sing all together some runos
# then we can talk about it: form, structure, different examples: lullabies, charms, spells, epics, cosmologies, etc. …
# then just sing and sing and sing … providing translations … maybe sing a translation … maybe improvise something together …
Once upon a time RUNOS were the “platform” to cover and communicate and memorise all important aspects of life & death
in these forests, valleys, mountains and seas … Thats an experience to keep somewhere glowing at the back of our busy minds.
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