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LABEL: Sub Rosa
GENRE: | FORMAT: CD | CATALOG N. SR 115 | YEAR. (2000)

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55 Historical Recordings is not exactly “come on and sing along” vocal music. A trace of the collective exuberance heard in much traditional West African vocal and percussive music is here, but isolated in an the individual’s voice. The Inuit occupy one of the harshest, coldest, most desolate regions in the world, the area in and around the Arctic Circle in Siberia, Canada, Greenland and Alaska – the Land of the Midnight Sun.
These songs, mostly traditional drum-songs consisting of one vocalist singing and keeping beat with a single drum of caribou skin and wood, are fittingly sparse. The percussion has almost no timbre, tone or resonance. The vocals are often beautiful, but completely raw and as geared toward performance and storytelling as much as toward musicality.
Drum-song (inngerutit) is one of the most important Inuit traditions – ethnomusicologists have been recording these songs since 1905. 55 Historical Recordings is arranged geographically and spans from 1905 (scratchy, barely audible) to 1987, including extensive liner notes and annotations. The emphasis is on the academic, the ethnomusicologist and the record collector as much as the actual performers – as in any historical document created by one culture in deference to another, it is itself a tribute to the ability of one culture to be preserved and the other to preserve.
Inngerutit is used to recount the mundane – hunting seal, building boats – as well as the extraordinary, and is performed in mundane environments rather than exclusively during festivals and special events. Startlingly, some have remained the same for over 70 years in respect to the song's composer – two recordings of the same song, almost a century apart, exemplify this attention to detail and coherence of form. It is hard for the untrained listener to imagine that these ragged compositions, which at times sound like primitive predecessors to the Indian vocal raga, contain structures complex enough to warrant such diligent preservation. While the world in 55 Historical Recordings is always intriguing and at times enchanting for the uninitiated, the listening experience can also resemble an Arctic winter – a futile search for differentiation in a landscape dominated by white snow. (DUSTED MAG)

Notes   Tracklisting
Recorded in several places in Greenland and Canada from 1905 to 1987. Compiled by the Danish ethnomusicologist Michael Hauser for his book 'Traditional Greenlandic Music' published by ULO in 1992 (ISBN 87-89160-01-0). Music originally released in Greenland by ULO. Edited at Sweet silence studios, January 1992 (Copenhagen, Denmark). Remastered at Equus, May 1999 (Bruxelles, Belgium). Collection Le coeur du monde. LC 6110 / EFA 10780-2 / 5411867111153
 East Greenland
1 Hendrik Singerdât Entertaining Song (2:51)
    Recorded By - Ola Okfors
2 Lauritz Ningâvan Duel-Song (3:07)
3 Vilhelm Kûitse Uaajeerneq-Song (3:19)
4 K'iwingatâk' Duel-Song (1:06)
5 Ajukutôk' Kayak-Song (1:53)
6 Rasmus Maratse Uaajeerneq-Song (2:02)
    Recorded By - Jette Bang
7 Alek'âjik Entertaining Song (1:55)
8 Kunnak Uaajeerneq-Song (0:26)
9 Olga Maratse Lullaby (0:45)
10 K'iwingatâk' Charm-Song (1:26)
11 Karla Mathiasen Charm-Songs (0:52)
12 Sîne Kûitse Andersen & Malene Andersen Singing Game (0:40)
    Recorded By - Simon Gelskov
 South Greenland
13 Autdlârutâ Duel-Song (1:02)
14 Therkel Petersen Qivittoq-Song (0:14)
15 Jakob Dorph Qivittoq-Song (4:15)
16 Karen Hansen Mournful Song (1:01)
17 Juliane Mouritzen Qivittoq-Song (4:32)
18 Juliane Mouritzen Mournful Song (2:21)
19 Juliane Mouritzen Qivittoq-Song (2:40)
20 Elisabeth Tittusen Teasing-Song (0:59)
21 Henrik Lund (2) Ukuarlivarisaa (0:35)
 Central West Greenland
22 Judithe Barcellaisen Epic Lyric Song (0:32)
23 Kanape Entertaining Song (0:34)
24 Various Traditional Song (0:26)
    Recorded By - Stiasny* , Trebitsch*
  Vocals [Female] - Unknown Artist , Unknown Artist , Unknown Artist
  Vocals [Male] - Unknown Artist , Unknown Artist , Unknown Artist
25 Simion Jeremiassen Entertaining Song (0:49)
    Recorded By - Stiasny* , Trebitsch*
26 Iletdluk Entertaining Song (0:46)
27 Unknown Artist Traditional Song (0:54)
    Recorded By - Bernt Jensen
28 Amalusevik & Najarto Entertaining Song (0:50)
29 Nukârak' Poul Hansen Song In A Story (1:04)
    Recorded By - Regitze Margrethe Soby
 North Greenland And Canada
30 Amaunalik K'âvigak' Song In A Fable (0:42)
    Recorded By - Erik Holtveld
31 Sofie Eipe Charm Song (0:17)
32 Ajako Mitek' Entertaining Drum-Song (0:36)
33 Inûtek' Napa Tiguak's Song (1:09)
34 Taitsianguak' K'aerngâk' Inûtek's Song (1:40)
35 Navssâpaluk Sadorana Entertaining Drum-Song (1:02)
36 Ungahak' Her Own Song (1:23)
    Recorded By - Diamond Jenness
37 Inûtek' Napa Invocation Song (0:33)
38 Inûtek' Napa Kajok's Song (1:20)
39 Pualorsuak' Variation Of Kajok's Song (2:32)
    Recorded By - Erik Holtveld
40 Ihrè His Own Song (1:31)
41 Navassâpaluk Sadorana Ihrè's Song (0:30)
42 Inûterssuak' Uvdloriak' Sivso' Song (1:19)
    Recorded By - Jette Bang
43 K'iajuk Entertaining Song (1:36)
    Recorded By - Erik Holtveld
44 Kaiyayyuk His Own Song (2:06)
    Recorded By - Diamond Jenness
45 Frank Kellogok' Entertaining Song (2:21)
    Recorded By - Kayuzuki Tanimoto
46 Kûtsîkitsok' Odâk' Teasing-Song (0:25)
47 Kigutikak' Tunek' Song In A Myth (1:17)
48 Imîna Imîna His Own Song (3:24)
49 Imîna Imîna Song Of A Shamen (1:05)
50 Inûterssuak' Uvdloriak' Tornge's Song (0:40)
51 Kigutikak' Tunek' Entertaining Song (1:13)
52 Inûterssuak' Uvdloriak' Pualorssuak's Song (2:04)
53 K'umangâpik Story In A Song (0:42)
    Recorded By - Guy Mary-Rousselière
54 Peter Pitseolak Entertaining Song (0:51)
    Recorded By - Claude Desgoffe
55 Aisake Entertaining Song (0:29)
    Recorded By - Claude Desgoffe