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ImagetextSAATUS / FATE

“You have probably never heard anything quite like this music, which is spare, haunting, melodic, and compelling...” (The $ensible Sound)


1 Vana kannel The Ancient Psaltery trad / P Vähi / K Loo 6:16
2 Loomine The Creation trad / P Vähi / K Loo 5:07
3 Taevalaotuse tekkimine Genesis Of The Welkin P Vähi 3:06
4 Hõikumised Holla trad / P Vähi / K Loo 2:48
5 Ristitantsi Cross Dance trad / P Vähi / K Loo 4:57
6 Igatsus Longing trad / P Vähi / K Loo 3:30
7 Äia-tuija Äia-tuija trad / P Vähi / K Loo 4:26
8 Joodiku nädal Drunkard’s Week trad / P Vähi / K Loo 1:55
9 Ei mina mõista I Do Not Apprehend trad / P Vähi / K Loo 2:58
10 Äiu-äiu, kõssi-kõssi Lullaby   trad / P Vähi / K Loo 4:31
11 Oh minu elu igava O, My Life! trad / P Vähi / K Loo 3:13
12 Saare tants Island Dance P Vähi 1:18
13 Akkame, mehed, minema! Let’s Go, Men! trad / P Vähi / K Loo 3:26
14 Roopilli hüüd Reed Pipe Skirl K Loo 2:04
15 Surnuitk Song Of Lamentation trad 2:34
16 Õhtu ilu Evening Song trad / P Vähi / K Loo 2:08

player #5, Cross Dance, fragm, 86 sec, mp3
player #3, Genesis Of The Welkin, fragm, 97 sec, mp3

Lyrics: trad, in North Estonian, Setu and Kihnu dialects, and standard Estonian

Performed by:
Kirile Loo – vocal (all tracks, except #3 & 12)
Tuule Kann – kannel (Estonian trad psaltery), vocal (#1, 5, 10, 13)
Margus Rahuoja – bagpipe, reed pipe, vocal (#5, 7, 13, 14)
Igor Tõnurist – Jew’s harp, straw whistle, vocal (#3, 5, 10, 12, 13)
Peter Finger – guitar (#3, 6, 11, 12)
Peeter Vähi – keyboards, lokk (wooden gong), percussion, vocal (all tracks, except #14)

Consulting for ancient folk-lore: Igor Tõnurist
Recorded in the studio of Estonian Radio from Apr to Jun 1994
Engineered by Teet Kehlmann
Frontpage artwork by Kaljo Põllu (Fate – Heaven And Earth, coloured mezzotinto, 1987)
Layout by Thomas Kunadt
Photo by Tõnu Tormis
Liner notes by Dr Ingrid Rüütel, Igor Tõnurist, Peeter Vähi
Music arranged and produced by Peeter Vähi
Co-produced by Ulrich Rützel

Erdenklang Records 1994
Published by Edrenklang Musikverlag
Made in Germany

Other releases:
ImagetextSi-Wan Records SRMC 4044 (for Asia)
1997 Alula Records ALU-1004 (for North America)
1994 Origins 855788-2 (for Europe)

The music presented in this recording is based on so-called regi-song. This is considered to be the oldest style of traditional Estonian music. The regi-verse song-form (verse in the Kalevala-metre) is common to the majority of Balto-Finnic cultures. It is presumed to date back to the 1st Millenium BC.

The present recordings introduce a wide variety of traditional Estonian music instruments. Piece No 1 introduces the oldest Estonian string instrument, the kannel, which is a traditional instrument common to the 10 cultures residing on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. The kannel’s venerable age is at least 2000 years.

ImagetextVibrant and magical, the regi-verse songs of Kirile Loo are as timeless as the primeval forests that blanket the Estonian landscape, and as haunting as the dreams one just barely remembers upon waking. And there is the pure, soulfully direct and totally captivating voice of this echanting artist: Kirile Loo was born in a Northern Estonian village called Varinurme. She spent the majority of her childhood at her grandmother’s home at Alutaguse, which is a place in Estonia covered by primeval forests and untouched by civilization. There was no electricity, no telephone, no TV in her grandmother’s home, but close ties with nature in such a place; bear, elk, wolves and snakes lived nearby the house. The artistic creed of Kirile Loo cannot easily be put into words. From a human perspective, the ideals of Kirile Loo are rooted in ancient times, when primitive man expressed thoughts in a straightforward manner, without unnecessary philosophical speculations.

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