Tuomas Rounakari’s Shaman violin: entrancing, wild, different and unique.
Tuomas Rounakari (Korpiklaani) is a violinist, composer and an MA ethnomusicologist specialised in ritualistic music of Finno-Ugric and Arctic peoples. His acoustic solo performance with a modified violin, simultaneous playing, vocal sounds, stomping and good old storytelling is inspired and based on wax-cylinder recording of rare songs of real shamans from Ob and Yenisei river districts in Siberia.
Shaman violin arose out of wax-cylinder recordings, collected by Finnish linguist Kai Donner during his incredible travels across Siberia between 1912 and 1914. The wax-cylinders include rare songs sung by real shamans from the Ob and Yenisei river districts. Shaman violin is a fully acoustic solo performance where traditional violin is modified through tuning and playing techniques. Sharing these stories create an image of the arctic people, their myths and cosmology, life and arts.
“Shamanviolinist Tuomas Rounakari follows his inner self and reunites via playing with the deepest core of the world. Working with ethnic materials through improvisation has concretized something central about humanity, presence and cohesiveness of the mankind to himself and his listeners.”
– YLE Radio 1, Todellisia Tarinoita.