"Skandinieki" 27'th anniversary,
Riga, 11 November 2003
The new album of Skandinieki was released just to the 27'th
anniversary of them, therefore, certainly, the birthday was combined with
The first "nine-year"
Both motives - the anniversary, and the new disc - were felt the all
evening. The first one was supported by songs from the new CD, the
second one - by division of the collective on "nine-years", which showed
some numbers from they years.
The second "nine-year"
Some songs have seemed especially interesting. For example, a near-coffin
roundelay was simultaneously serious and touching, and a joint-work's
song enticed listeners to start to sing.
An Estonian guest
At the end of the concert Skandinieki have declared, that "this disc
is an old stage, an old world", and have sung na improvised Livonian hymn on
the melody of the hymn of the European Union. Jokes are jokes, but actually
this disc is a new step in the history of recordings of Skandinieki:
some songs are arranged in post-folklore manner. Certainly, the ensemble also
before was not a carrier of authentic tradition, rather - an outstanding
interpreter of a folklore material, which has found a unique way: both compiling
words of songs, creating multivoiced arrangements, rearing very good singers
and puting into practice neopaganic rituals. However, elements of "world music",
for example, foreign-like drumming or strange accompaniment's chords,
are something new for them and breathe in the nape of Skandinieki
People already satieted, now it is possible to sing too
After congratulations hosts have covered tables, and have begun a joint eating,
drinking, singing and dancing, which from time to time was interrupted by comic
Article: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, 18 November 2003
Photos: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš