ESKIMO SONGS AND INUIT ART

I return to my little song  and patiently I sing it again above fishing holes in the ice where I stand shivering

Ningeokuluk Teevee / Pitseolak Niviaqusi
Shaman who reveals himself, 2007, lithography

The legendary avantgarde, underground and performance group THE RESIDENTS from San Francisco – which I have seen live only once in my life – deliver a true arctic feeling here with an empathic music and really insisting Eskimo songs from 1979. The identity of the members is unknown, and since their beginning, the musicians have always appeared in different masks, a real cult.

The Residents, Eskimo Songs, DVD, 2002

But I think the Arctic people should also speak here for themselves in colorful pictures, sounds and visions. The contemporary Inuit art fascinates me because of its rural and original perception. Life is difficult and not at all always romantic for them as you can see on the print hereunder. Today climate change is on the verge of destroying their icy homeland, the very future insecure and quite inpredictable.

Mary K. Okheena / Helen Klengenberg
Supplies brought At Last, limited print, 1995

Helen Kalvak, Fishing, Stonecut, 1975

Traditional Inuit throat singing by Cathy Keknek and Janet Aglukkaq
which reminded me very much to the Mongolian singing of same kind

 

 

FADO NIGHT DREAMS OF LISBON

The real spirit of a town can be often heard and felt in its typical music. The acoustic sentiment of Lisboa is the Fado music which you will find in a lot of restaurants each evening somewhere at the old town named Alfama. The name Alfama most probably has its origin in the Arabic word  الحامة (al-hamma) which is meaning bath or fountain. During the time of the Moorish seizure of the Iberian countries the Alfama comprised the whole ancient town which lateron grew to the contemporary Baixa.

The influence of the former Moorish residents is still vivid in architecture or typical Portuguese floral ceramics but also in the Fado music while the gloomy and sentimental sound is reminding me really to the melancholic desert music of the Sahara nomades at the Maghreb. Today people quite often only speak about things which separate us from each other, but our European culture was on a large scale influenced also by the Arabic world which saved for example the heritage of Greek philosophy, even our figures 1-2-3 are Arabic while the Arabs use nowadays the Indian ones in daily life, quite strange at all.

So in case you visit Lisboa sometime in your life, do not miss a Fado life performance at night because otherwise you have not really been there.