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Return from Manala

by Otherworld Ensemble

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Läksi saamahan sanoja ongelmoita ottamahan pellon peuroja levitti oravia suuren orren sai siitä sanoja paljo ne kaikki arvottomia, ne kaikki avuttomia Arvelee, ajattelevi tuolta saan sa’an sanoja tuolta Tuonelan ko’ista Manalan ikimajasta. ---------------------------------------------- Now again he hunts the lost-words Hastes to find the magic sayings Kills a countless host of reindeer, Kills a rafterful of squirrels, Finds of words a goodly number, But they are of little value, Cannot find the magic lost-word. Long he thought and well considered: “I can find the words, a hundred in the dwellings of Tuoni, in the Manala fields and castles”. Chorus: Tuonen valtakuntaan Löytää sieltä loitsu Hakea muinainen viisaus Aavoista metsistä Katajien ja okaiden läpi Tuonen saarille Ja Manalan aukioille Hän kutsuu, Hän kutsuu, Hän kutsuu ukkosen äänellä ------------------------------------ There to find the spell to seek for the ancient wisdom from the vast forests through junipers and brambles to Tuoni’s islands and the fields of Manala He calls out in tones of thunder to the kingdom of Tuoni.
Suomen Kansan vanhat runot (The Ancient Poems of the Finnish People) Yöllä syntyi Ilmollini päivällä mäni pajahe se seppä joka jumala joka on taivosen takonut ilman koaret kalkutellut ---------------------------------- At night Ilmollini (Ilmarinen) was born. During the day he went to the forge. The Blacksmith, creator God. Who has forged the sky. Who has “clanged” the shells of the air.
Excerpts from Kalevala rune 16 / Suomen Kansan vanhat runot Manala Tuo venettä, Tuonen tytti Tuo venettä, Manalan neiti Yli Tuonelan joen päästäkseni Manalan alantehen ------------------------------------ Bring the boat, Tuoni’s girl Bring the boat, Manala’s maiden So I can cross Tuonela’s river To Manala’s lowlands
Suurimaa 02:14
Manal' A'ssa 02:36


Return from Manala continues a musical journey that started with the Otherworld Cycle. The music was created near the end of a three week tour presenting Rent Romus and Heikki Koskinen's suite of music entitled Manala. The group gathered in Finland in 2019 and recorded live at Kaapelitehdas (The Cable Factory) in the heart of Helsinki. Manala is the ancient spiritual underworld of the Finno-Ugric cultures, the opposite of the land of the living a place of great mystery, danger and knowledge. In cultures that respected the role of the shaman, returning from the underworld with knowledge to help their community was paramount. Return from Manala represents a series of group improvisations and written structures within the theme of Manala and features master musician/improvisers Mikko Innanen and Rent Romus, the voice of ethnomusicologist Dr. Heikki Laitinen, and Finnish Jazz legends Teppo Hauta-aho and Heikki "Mike" Koskinen.


released July 21, 2020

Heikki Laitinen - voice, shaman drum, small percussion
Teppo Hauta-aho - cello, double bass*, percussion
Heikki "Mike" Kosikinen - tenor recorder, e-trumpet
Mikko Innanen - alto, sopranino, baritone saxophones, percussion
Rent Romus - alto saxophone, flutes, percussion

All tracks recorded, mixed, mastered by Heikki Koskinen
except track 11 recorded by Markku Salo
Cover, panel and CD photos by Heikki Koskinen.
Back Cover photos far left/middle by Markku Salo; far right by Joppe Auersalo
Songs by Rent Romus Jazz On The Line Publishing, BMI
Songs by Teppo Hauta-aho, Mikko Innanen,
Heikki “Mike” Koskinen, Heikki Laitinen TEOSTO


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Edgetone Records is place for new music crossing the genre boundaries. Founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus, the label took shape in 1991. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity. ... more

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