Ánnámáret’s and Marja Viitahuhta’s collaboration Dreamscapes tours Europe and are presented at Maoriland Film Festival

Dreamscapes, a collaboration between Sámi musician Ánnámáret, visual artist Marja Viitahuhta, and musicians Turkka Inkilä (electronics and shakuhachi flute) and Ilkka Heinonen (Finnish bowed lyre jouhikko), is performed in three concerts across Europe. The first one takes place in March 22 2024 in Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France, the second in March 23 2024 in World Music and Dance series of Ateliers d’Ethnomusicologie, Geneva, Switzerland, and the third in March 24 2024 in Nordic Spring Solstice in Amare, Den Haag, The Netherlands.

At the same time, two short films, Nuppi pealde (2023) and Bálvvosbáiki from the Dreamscapes series are also presented at Maoriland Film Festival, held from March 20–24 2024 in Ōtaki.

Nuppi bealde (2023)

Nuppi bealde is a yoik in which the spirits of Saivo, the two-bottomed lake, are brought forth. The Sámi musician Ánnámáret’s yoik melody first carries the video piece with a soaring treble, but as the piece progresses, it sinks into the depths, accompanied by Ilkka Heinonen’s jouhikko (finnish bowed lyre). The soundscapes created by Turkka Inkilä first create an image of twinkling clocks, frost and spaciousness, but later shatter and are reborn in another form, creating an image of a different kind of world. The visual material of the work is a combination of ice, water, the spreading of watercolor paint and drawing animation, where the real elements of the landscape are multiplied and repeated and the black and white landscape is colored, fragmented and transformed. 

Bálvvosbáiki (place of worship) continues a series of video works created by Marja Viitahuhta in collaboration with musicians Ánnámáret (yoik), Ilkka Heinonen (jouhikko) and Turkka Inkilä (electronic music). The work is based on questions of human relationship with the environment, the wanderer’s mindset and the changing sense of time, as well as the Sámi world view in which people should take into account the heritage of past generations and preserve the conditions of life for future generations. The cross images and slow motion visualize the content of the wordless yoik. A tapestry of sounds created by Turkka Inkilä and Ilkka Heinonen’s jouhikko sing alongside the yoik.

Featured image from: Marja Viitahuhta: Bálvvosbáiki (2023)

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