KHETA HOTEM

The Ultimate Experience of Shamanistic Komutian Music

Komutialaisen musiikin sanansaattaja

KHETA HOTEM is:
Tero Nieminen: didgeridoo & snake flute & violin & balian frog & miscellaneous
Keijo Virtanen: percussion, throaty voices & miscellaneous
Jarmo Saarti: percussion, string-instruments, winds, human sounds & miscellaneous
Anssi Kukkonen: synthesized voices
Hannu Pelkonen: accordion, percussion, stringed instruments, noises, winds& miscellaneous

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Short Introduction to the Komutian Musical Tradition

 

Komuts were an ancient Finno-Ugric people who lived as nomads in Asia, somewhere beyond Trans-Siberia. Some tribes wandered through Siberia to Finland in about 1000 BC. They were our ancestors and we are proud in continuing the everlasting Komutian musical tradition. The ancient, hypnotic elements of the Komutian music have been restored here as faithfully to the original ways of presenting the music as possible. Distant Komutia was the cradle of music: Already thousands of years ago the Komuts were playing instruments that still sound modern and eternal. The basic principle behind Komutian music still is, that there exist no separate songs; instead the musicians enter the world of music (known as Santamaki) and act as mediators, bringing the sounds and voices from the world of music into our own everyday existence. Some of the songs have their origin in the water rituals of the Komuts', although modern audiences may experience them as avant-garde. The music is a rich blend of wild, rhythmical elements and meditative sections that have a soothing effect on the listener's mind and body. Our modern version of the Komutian music uses the traditional Komutian instruments as well as modern instruments.

 

Here is a brief description of the ancient Komutian water-ritual

(Platanov: Sovetskaja Entsiklopaedia Russiiski Tseloveni, 1971):

"The 24th of January was a remarkable day in the calendar of the ancient Komuts. because they lacked water throughout the year, the water-ritual was carried out during this day in order to make peace with their gods and ensure water supplies. The tribes' women gathered all the water they could find into small tin-cups; from which it was sprinkled onto great rocks nearby the villages they lived. Thus it was believed that great rock gods would be generous in providing the water needed for the everyday living throughout the coming year. These cups were kept in big wooden cupboards which were dragged in the tundra during the nomadic phases of the tribe.

 

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Latest update 2013-10-15