Source: Edgetone Records.
Itkuja Suite, invocations on lament
Rent Romus, Heikki Koskinen, Life’s Blood Ensemble featuring Heikki Laitinen
Crafted by Finnish-American Rent Romus and award winning Finnish composer Heikki Koskinen, the translation of itkuja (eet-koo-yaw) literally means crying, but hidden within this translation embodies deeper undercurrents of meaning. Itkuja surpasses the biopic Western acceptance of polar opposites (i.e. happy/sad, good/bad), drawing a more all-encompassing world view of the definition of existence, loss, and change. The tradition of song through lament has served as a form of community expression spanning millennia, invoking processes of healing in profound ways. This project completes the Otherworld Trilogy which includes the 2015 release of the Otheworld Cycle and the 2020 release of Manala.
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