Rävelden trio performed a concert at the festival 800 M.Ö.H.arranged on Dundret, Gällivare by Shapepahs in July 2016.
The idea behind "To play a mountain” with Rävelden at 800 MÖH came loosely from reading articles circulating around Sámi culture written from within the Sámi culture. Torbjörn Ömalm started to reflect around the phenomenon when a Sámi jojks a place, a person, a story. In parallel different mouth sounds that mimic what happened in the situation, such as imitations of animal sounds is sometimes used in different areas of Sápmi. Ömalm started to think about the possibilities of apply this way of thinking to instrumental music in ensemble situations. To jojk instrumentally; is it possible? To play ones surrounding.
Playing this mountain Dundret is a lot about finding new ways of collective improvisation; in this case out of a specific cultural and geographical context point and inside a cultural context. We improvise with a common goal, a common agenda expressed individually and collectively. At the concert, Rävelden improvised 4 pieces of music during 30 minutes out of this idea basis.
The concert is a part of Torbjörn Ömalm's artistic PhD-work and will later be presented as a paper/article (sound + written text) in relation to his thesis.
Rävelden trio is:
Torbjörn Ömalm - guitar
Luigi Bozzolan -piano
Markus Larsson - drums
The show was filmed by Torbjörn Ömalm.
Dundret, or Váhtjerduottar in Sámi-language (English: Váhtjirs mountain) is a lowland mountain located nearby the town of Gällivare in Swedish Lapland. The finnish/meänkieli-speaking population in the region also calls the mountain Vasaratunturi. Váhtjir was a sámi reindeer herder that possessed the area around Dundret between 1557-1604 as a “Lappskatteland”, an area that he paid taxes for (Falck & Korhonen, 2008). The area is also known for multiple olden relics consisting of holy sacrificial grounds, old fireplaces, old housing foundations and other old traces of Sámi population etc. (Riksantikvarieämbetet, 2016). For a lot of people living in the area, there is some hard-to-describe feeling of mysticism around this place.
"A close friend of mine once said to me that Gällivare is Sweden's Twin Peaks (edit: a David Lynch creation). Not to confuse reality with television series but yes anyway more fun than that ... The town inherit a lot of “originals” as taken from a David Lynch screenplay; a large dark forest in all directions, some kind of remnant of old nature religions and superstitions remain, manalaiset and goblins. Suppressed emotions and intrigue. No sawmill but a mine." - Johan Airijoki – singer/songwriter