photo left: Michal Zelner, painting top right 9.15.18-II-art-by-Charles-Smith, photo bottom right Rent Romus
MANALA is a joint project created by Rent Romus and Heikki Koskinen, an original musical project weaving the elements of jazz, traditional folk, and free improvisation inspired by the mythic prose of cultural liberation and identity found in the rune poems of the Kalevala as well as folklore of Finno-Ugric cultural traditions and shamanic stories.
Manala or Tuonela is the metaphysical netherworld of the dead in the Finnish Kalevala or Jabmeaivo in Sami traditions. It is a place opposite of the land of the living, a place that contains answers to mysteries of the universe for the Noaidde or Noita (shaman) in Fino-Ugric cultures. It can be very dangerous for a living person to journey there, and only the most experienced shaman may successfully emerge from its dark waters richer in knowledge and song for the experience.
The Finnish Heritage Society presents
May 25 & 26, 2019 8pm
Berkeley Finnish Hall
1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley, California 94702
LIFE’S BLOOD ENSEMBLE
Timothy Orr- drums, percussion Rent Romus - alto & soprano saxophone, flutes, kantele, bells Heikki "Mike" Kosikinen - e-trumpet, tenor recorder, kantele Mark Clifford - vibes Cheryl E. Leonard - invented instruments gabby fluke-mogul - violin Max Judelson - double bass Joshua Marshall - tenor & soprano saxophones Safa Shokrai - double bass
Bibliography: - Lönnrot, Elias. The Kalevala, third edition. Cincinnati Ohio 1910 The Kalevala, A Land of Heros vol. 1&2, London 1966 The Kalevala, Epic of the Finnish People, Helsinki 1988 The Kalevala, paperback edition. Oxford 1999 - Pentikäinen, Juha. Kalevala Mythology Expanded edition, Indiana University Press, United States 1999 Shamanism and Culture, 3rd edition. Jyväskylä 2006 "The Shamanic Drum as Cognitive Map" Mythology and Cosmic Order (ed. Gothoni R., & Pentikäinen, J). Studia Fennica 32. Piesä`maki 1987. - Koskimies, August V. Itkonen, Toivo I. Inari Sami Folklore, Stories from Aanaar, revised edition by Laitinen Lea, Madison Wisconsin 2019 - Viires, Ants. The Red Book of the Peoples of the Russian Empire http://www.eki.ee/books/redbook/introduction.shtml Tallinn 1993
The appearance of the Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble is made possible through the Grants for Cultural Projects Program,
which is administered by Finlandia Foundation National.
Manala is made possible in part by Suomi-Seura-ry Grants for Foreign Societies awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture Helsinki Finland.