Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, Jan 18 2020 4:00 PM

San Francisco Public Library, Richmond Branch
351 9th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118

The Rent Romus Trio presents Manala

Heikki "Mike" Koskinen - tenor recorder, e-trumpet
David Samas - voice, percussion
Rent Romus - flutes, alto saxophone, percussion

Manala, which means netherworld in the Finnish language, is a journey representing a deep cultural rediscovery through the lens of music. Co-written and produced by composers Rent Romus and Heikki Koskinen, this original suite of music weaves the elements of jazz, neo-traditional Finnish music, and free improvisation inspired by the mythic prose, rune poetry, and songs of cultural liberation and identity found in the Finnish epic known as the Kalevala and folklore of Finno-Ugric cultural shamanic traditions.

Like most ethnic Finnish who migrated to the United States at the turn of the twentieth century fleeing the impact of the crumbling Russian Empire, Romus' family was strongly encouraged to shed their identity through name, language and/or cultural practices. Research, mentoring, and music has given him the tools needed to reclaim a larger portion of his lost identity culminating within the last thirty years and manifesting into an ongoing research project of which Manala is part.

Cost: Free
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Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
From left, Heikki "Mike" Koskinen digital trumpet, Tane Kannisto saxophone, Teppo Hauta-aho double bass, Ville Rauhala double bass, Rent Romus saxophone and Simo Laihonen drums at Telakka, Tampere, Finland 31.5.2017.