Upopo Sanke (vinyl)

Upopo Sanke (vinyl)
Author: Umeko Ando
Publisher: Pingipung
Language: Japanese
Pages: -
Size: 31.5 x 31.5 cm
Weight: 280 g
Binding: -
Price: €31.00
Product Description

LP Tracklist

1. Chorakkun (チョーラックン) 02:50
2. Eri Rimse (エリ リムセ) 04:10
3. Saranpe (サランペ ) 04:53
4. Iuta Upopo (イウタ ウポポ) 06:22
5. Suchochoy (スチョチョイ) 04:52
6. Chup Kamuy Ho (チュプ カムイ ホー) 01:15
7. Sarukiusinay Kotan (サルキウシナイ コタン) 03:20
8. Utari Opun Parewa (ウタリ オブン パレワ) 03:58
9. Mukkkuri Hawehe (ムックリ ハゥエヘ) 02:58
10. Emusi Rimse (エムシ リムセ) 03:44
11. Ku Rimse (クー リムセ) 04:57
12. Herekan Ho (ヘレカン ホー) 03:13
13. Rera Suye (レラ スエ) 00:47
14. Aruo (アルオー) 05:29

Umeko Ando (1932-2004) was one of the best-known artists of the Ainu, an indigenous, long-suppressed community in northern Japan. She sings their traditional songs together with Oki Kano on the Tonkori harp, who also recorded the album. The two are supported by members of the female vocal group Marewrew as well as Ainu percussionists, a string player and a male singer who provides rhythmic shouts and also throat singing. The call-and-response structure of many of the songs is performed with a mantric, hypnotic quality in a vocal style that is perhaps best described as elastic, relaxed and breathing.

The lyrics praise the lush nature of the islands. They mention the deity Kamuy, who can appear in the form of animals such as bears or swordfish, and the singers repeatedly ask the audience to dance. Listening to this music can be a meditative experience. There seems to be a gentle smile in every note and syllable. This music softly hits the heart.
“Upopo Sanke“ was recorded on a farm in Tokachi in the summer of 2003. We hear dogs barking, a distant thunderstorm and voices imitating animals. The liner notes that accompany the 2LP release gather the anecdotal memories of Umeko Ando and Oki Kano about the stories of the 14 songs.

"Upopo Sanke" was mixed again in part by Oki Kano before being mastered and cut to vinyl by Kassian Troyer. The 2LP plays on 45rpm and it sounds fantastic.

This album was the second album by Umeko Ando, the follow-up to "Ihunke", originally recorded in 2000 and also re-released in 2018 by Pingipung together with Oki Kano.

Umeko Ando: Vocal, Mukkuri
Rikanreasi Ozeki: Voice
Oki Kano: Tonkori
Rekpo: Vocal
Kapiw: Vocal
Masato Kimura: Percussion
Norihiko Yamakita: Percussion
Masahiko Todoriki: Khoomei, Doshpuluur, Igil

Recorded at a farm somewhere else in Tokachi, Hokkaido in August 2003

Produced by Oki Kano
Recorded by Takuji Takahashi
Mixed by Oki Kano and Takuji Takahashi
Photo by Noriko Tanaka
Oki Kano would like to thank: Harue Ando, Asako Yonekura
Linernotes by Oki Kano and Umeko Ando, translation by Kenichi Morishita