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Jukkaslåtar – Songs for Jukkasjärvi

Catalogue numberBIS-1868 SACD
Release date2010-11-30
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time65:40

Composed by the acclaimed concert organist and folk musician Gunnar Idenstam, Songs for Jukkasjärvi ('Jukkaslåtar' in Swedish) is a suite written for the 400th anniversary of the church in Jukkasjärvi, a small Swedish community beyond the Arctic Circle.

Jukkasjärvi was one of the traditional meeting places of the Sami people as they moved their herds of reindeer between the seasonal pastures in the mountains and the lowlands. For centuries the village has also had a permanent population of both Finnish and Swedish origin. Songs for Jukkasjärvi is a celebration of these various peoples and their lives, as well as the nature and the seasons in this land of the midnight sun.

Written for two singers - of which one specializes in his own, characteristic Sami yoik singing - folk fiddle, saxophone, percussion, organ and synthesizers, the music is highly atmospheric, calling up visions of the first October snow, the aurora borealis, large reindeer herds being driven along the frozen Torne River, and the breaking up of the ice in springtime.

Purely instrumental pieces are interspersed with songs in the Sami language, and in a unique mix, the sound of the Sami yoik is married to the Swedish folk music tradition and the sonic possibilities of a large church organ, taking in influences from symphonic folk rock. This exciting title is packaged in an attractive, full-colour digipak including photography from the Jukkasjärvi area as well as an introductory text in four languages and the Sami song texts with parallel English translations.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Idenstam, Gunnar
  Jukkaslåtar - Songs for Jukkasjärvi 64:42
01 Poem I 05:43 $ 1.20 USD
02 Vaggvisa / Cradle Song  (Sami version) 02:00 $ 0.42 USD
03 Åtta årstider / Eight Seasons 05:27 $ 1.14 USD
04 Dans första snön / Dance of the First Snow 04:12 $ 0.88 USD
05 Bieggaolmai 04:59 $ 1.05 USD
06 Finländares dans / Finlander’s Dance 03:54 $ 0.82 USD
07 Vattenanden / Song of the Water Spirit 04:16 $ 0.90 USD
08 Vaggvisa / Cradle Song  (Swedish version) 01:27 $ 0.30 USD
09 Midvinter /Midwinter 02:23 $ 0.50 USD
10 Saari Polska 03:11 $ 0.67 USD
11 Halling 03:34 $ 0.75 USD
12 Renhjord över isen / Reindeer on the Frozen River 04:47 $ 1.00 USD
13 Dans till våren / Dance to Spring 02:40 $ 0.56 USD
14 Sommarvind / Summer Wind 04:10 $ 0.88 USD
15 Vaggvisa / Cradle Song  (Meänkieli version) 04:29 $ 0.94 USD
16 Vaggvisa II / Cradle Song II 03:01 $ 0.63 USD
17 Poem II – Epilog 04:29 $ 0.94 USD
  Album total 65:40
SaxophonesJakobsson, Thorbjörn
Yoik/vocalsMarainen, Simon
ViolinMarteleur, Sandra
Percussion/fluteSjöblom, Jonas
Organ & pre-recorded soundsIdenstam, Gunnar
ComposerIdenstam, Gunnar
VocalsSjaggo, Brita-Stina

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