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Ένα μικρού μήκους για το ‘A Tangle Of Mokosha’

Εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρον μικρού μήκους φιλμ για το ‘A Tangle Of Mokosha’ των Ojra και Andrey Kiritchenko:

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«Παράξενα τραγούδια από την Ουκρανία περιέχει το CD “A Tangle Of Mokosha” [The Lollipoppe Shoppe/ Nexsound, 2010] των Ojra& Kiritchenko. Πώς παρουσιάζονται εντός; Ως… “authentic Ukrainian folk songs of pagan and christian origins, mostly from eastern part of Ukraine”. Μάλιστα. Σαφές, όσον αφορά στο τι λέγεται, λιγότερο σαφές όσον αφορά στο τι ακριβώς εννοείται.  

Ξεκινώντας από το δικό μου (και πολλών άλλων υποθέτω) μειονέκτημα να μην αντιλαμβάνομαι το περιεχόμενο των στίχων, λέω, εκ πρώτης, πως το άκουσμα, ως άκουσμα, δεν μας είναι «ξένο», αν αναλογιστούμε το τι έχει φθάσει στ’ αυτιά μας τα τελευταία 20-25 χρόνια… από την Σαβίνα Γιαννάτου πρώτα-πρώτα. Εννοώ πως στην περίπτωση των Ojra & Kiritchenkoεκείνο που προέχει είναι η κατάδειξη ενός τρόπου τραγουδίσματος θρησκευτικής, παγανιστικής προέλευσης (βάσει των όσων διαβάζουμε στο cover) και από ’κει και πέρα η μέθοδος ενσωμάτωσής του στα σημερινά αισθητικά καθέκαστα. Υπάρχουν «μπροστά», λοιπόν, τα γυναικεία φωνητικά και «πίσω» όλη εκείνη η παραδοσιακή και ηλεκτρονική ενοργάνωση, που παρέχει στο άκουσμα μιαν αρχική αντισυμβατική όψη. Ο AndreyKiritchenko κάνει, επί τούτου, πολύ καλή δουλειά όσον αφορά στη διαχείριση των ποικίλων επιτόπιων εγγραφών, ενώ και με τη βοήθεια των ηλεκτρονικών μεταφέρει το ακρόαμα ένα βήμα «πιο πέρα» – στο weird, που οικοδομούν χρόνια τώρα οι Φινλανδοί της Fonal, οι Βρετανοί της folktronica (άκου τους Tuung) και διάφοροι άλλοι… Ιταλοί, ας πούμε, που παραλλάσσουν ευφυώς τα «γκρεκάνικα».

Οι Ojra & Kiritchenko, που δεν είναι ντούο αλλά συγκρότημα αποτελούμενο εκ των  Halyna  Breslavets  φωνή,  kazoo,  Natalka Dudynska βιολί, Petro Yuha sopilka (ευθύαυλος) dvoyanka (διπλό φλάουτο), κιθάρα  Yurko Yefremov  μπάσο,  dulcimer,  drymba(άρπα των σαγονιών), bayan, buhay (είδος ντραμ), kalimba και Andrey Kiritchenko ηλεκτρονικά, field  recordings,  harmonica,  κρουστά, έχουν προφανώς την πλήρη εικόνα της σχετικής παράδοσης (του τόπου τους), και αυτήν ακριβώς επιθυμούν να αναμορφώσουν, παρουσιάζοντας ένα άγριο και υποβλητικό folk, που μπορεί να άρχεται από τους Comus (όπως, ίσως, πουν ορισμένοι), ακολουθώντας όμως το δικό του δρόμο. (Τα κομμάτια “Luli-luli”, “Dva holuby” και “Na yordantsi” εκεί προς το μέσον του CD είναι άπαικτα. Ειδικώς το δεύτερο ακούγεται σαν στοιχειωμένο “Ederlezi”).»

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Ακόμα ένα εξαιρετικό review για το «A Tangle Of Mokosha»

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«As I’ve said before, it’s always fun and exciting to receive packages from Nexsound, Ukraine. It’s been some time since last time, but all of a sudden a new disc pops into our mail box. This time a collaboration between Nexsound founder Andrey Kiritchenko and Ojra, a 4-piece Ukrainian folk band.

A Tangle of Mokosha is, as described on their myspace-site, ‘authentic Ukrainian folk and electronics’, which is quite an accurate description. Experimental electronics wiz Kiritchenko (on electronics, field recordings, mouth harp/harmonica, percussion) and Ojra (Halyna Breslavets on vocals, Natalka Dudynska on violin, Petro Yuha on solilka and hulusi, and Yurko Yefremov on bass, dulcimer, drymba) met in 2007 and decided for a folk/electronic collaboration project. The result is A Tangle of Mokosha, which is a rather exotic and different record. The only Ukrainian related folk music I’m familiar with from earlier on is The Wedding Present’s Ukrainski sessions, and former TWP-guitarist Peter Solowka’s band Ukrainians. I guess this is quite some other cup of tea. The songs included on A Tangle of Mokosha are authentic (mostly eastern) Ukrainian folk songs both of pagan and Christian origin.

The balance of the songs tip two ways. Sometimes in the more folksy way, other times in the more electronic way. I guess the pendulum swings freely between Orja and Kiritchenko. Between the two styles, poles, of music. The vocal style on this album is quite different than I’m (we’re, in Western Europe) used to listen to. It’s challenging, but challenging in the right way. They claim their main influences to be (as mentioned) authentic folk music of the Ukraine, cutting-edge electronic music, plus the 1964 movie Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors (directed by Sergei Parajanov).

A Tangle of Mokosha is a fascinating listen, even though I doubt I’ll play this record to pieces.»

 

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Από το vitalweekly.net:

OJRA & KIRITCHENKO – A TANGLE OF MOKOSHA

My predicament of Eastern European electronic musicians combining with folk songs to be the next big thing never set through, which was a pity since it could have been a really interesting thing, but perhaps its a slow wave: now there is a CD by Andrey Kiritchenko, the electronic hero from the Ukraine, who recorded a work with Ojra, a four piece band from the world of folk music. The opening piece ‘Svity Misyachenko’ reminded me of Dead Can Dance circa ‘Aion’ (a private favorite for whatever reason). It sets the tone for this release. Folky singing is of course what is at work here, but the instruments added make up a fine blend of music. On one hand there is the kazoo, violin, guitar, bass, dulcimer, kalimba, sopilka, dvoyanka, drymba, bayan and buhay (and I admit for some of those I have no idea what they look like) and on the other hand there are the electronics and field recordings of Kiritchenko. An odd combination perhaps, but the music is wonderful. Ancient perhaps, but also very modern. I am not sure if the instruments are ‘processed’ in any way – I think so, as sometimes there are loops and such like of those sounds – whereas the real instruments keep on playing in real time. The modern version of an old folk dance? Sometimes even augmented with almost techno music. This is exactly the combination of styles I thought would be the next big thing a few years ago, and hopefully now it will be pushed. This is an absolutely great disc which show the way out for laptop musicians wanting to do something radically different. Hardly folktronics, I’d say, but something entirely new altogether. (FdW)
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