04 marzo 2020


Prodotto in luminoso vinile trasparente, Siberia Extreme documenta l'incontro avvenuto una quindicina di anni fa tra la cantante tradizionale Valentina Romanova - in arte Chyskyyrai - con Tim Hodgkinson e Ken Hyder, a compimento di una reciproca conoscenza intrapresa nei primi anni Novanta al tempo dei viaggi dei due nelle zone più remote della regione siberiana e delle loro appassionate indagini su sciamanesimo, musiche rituali e spiritualità. La pubblicazione è iniziativa di Misha Maltsev in seno all'associazione Indigenous Lifeforms, collettivo multiforme con sede a Londra che promuove forme di scambio interculturale tra artisti innovatori della Siberia e resto del mondo.

Chyskyyrai, a female singer from the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, creates evocative, passionate, powerful and dynamic music by employing a wide variety of traditional vocal techniques. Chyskyyrai is deeply rooted in tradition, embodying the Sakha character of a menerik woman, one possessed by the spirits. Her vocal style could be described as shamanic hysteria, drawing on oral epics, folk songs and animal imitation, creating highly emotional vocal episodes.

The songs presented on this LP capture a period of her life when she met with Tim Hodgkinson and Ken Hyder who had been performing together since 1978, and are well-known for their explorations in the field of shamanic cultures and free jazz. Their collaboration with the Soviet Jazz Federation goes back many years until finally in 1990, the duo went on an extensive tour in Siberia as Shams during which they also visited Yakutia. Since then they have made numerous trips to Tuva, Altai and Buryatia playing with the local musicians and studying shamanism.

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