Monday, January 24, 2011

Sanna Kurki-Suonio (when the Gods gave us voices, this is what They had in mind)

Hat tip to Kauko (and his brand new blog on Finnish Paganism) for turning me on to Finnish folk music!

And here is a link to an interview with Sanna Kurki-Suonio, where she confirms that she learned to sing before she learned to talk!


Erik said...

Oh, she's great! Thanks for sharing that... and I think you'll love this: Suvetar (Goddess of Spring) by Gjallarhorn (another excellent Finnish act).

Nick Ritter said...

I've been a fan of Sanna's for some time, since she was singing with Hedningarna. I've been able to see her perform live, and she is astounding.

Kauko said...

That's one of my favorite songs from Sanna's album Musta (the name of the song is Polska Release, I think). It reminds of musical traditions like the joik of the Sami or the Jewish niggun both of which are vocal, but largely without words, and can be improvisational, with the intent of creating an altered state of consciousness or ecstatic state.

@Erik I love that song as well. The text is a traditional prayer honoring the Goddess Suvetar and asking for the crops to grow. It is similar to some of the prayers to her in the Kalevala. I think that the imagery in the Suvetar video is stunning and so blatantly Pagan.