A SPEECH BY JASNA VIDAKOVIČ – AT A CONCERT MARKING THE TRUTAMORA SLOVENICA ENSEMBLE’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

An unusally numerous sound family has been invited to today's festivity, in order to illuminate, through a rainbow of different nuances born outside of school rules, the spiritual dimensions of our festive and everyday life. Many sound makers, many musical patterns lived and are still living in our immediate vicinity. Being so unusually present, we tend to overlook them; we usually do not consider them to be aesthetic acts, but rather as fragements of inherited customs and habits. We somehow do not appreciate them. Only rare individuals recognise the richness in them, a richness which time has crystallised into veritable tiny pearls.

Among those ensembles reviving our sound memory, Trutamora Slovenica has been active the longest. It has broken the ground for today’s re-creators of Slovene folk music. Throughout its uninterrupted development path the ensemble has been weaving multiple images of our heritage in its own way: the richness of content, the unique features of their instrumental and vocal performances, the diversity of sound makers and instruments. Their special feature lies also in their expert and educational presentations which place songs and tunes in space and time.

The driving force of the ensemble is of course Dr Mira Omerzel - Mirit … She is one of the first contemporary experts to follow a path of scientific research and re-creation simultaneously – the scientific and artistic path. … The Slovene educational system did not allow the possibility of completing studies in ethnomusicology, let alone completing doctorate studies in this field. Yet, through her persistent, thorough and disciplined work based on individual approaches to different areas, she has been rediscovering the sound of Slovene regions and presenting them in numerous scientific articles, lectures, expositions of instruments, as well as through the ensemble’s music… She explores the physical dimensions of sound, which leads to the research of and connection to quantum physics. And this has brought Slovene ethnomusicology to the forefront of modern ethnological science. Discussions about questions of harmony and disharmony in folk music could today help many an academic musician to explain the differences between artificial and folk music, and to open doors into the sublime freedom of the dimensions of sound.

Jasna Vidakovic
Radio Slovenia
at a concert marking the Ensemble’s 25th anniversary
at Cankarjev dom, 8th March 2003

       

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