|TRISKELE started its activities in 1997 with
the aim to perform Estonian folk music, concentrating on ancient runosongs
and folk hymns. Uniting factor for the members of the group has been keen
interest in early music as well as various folk music traditions. From
these sources stem also Triskele’s choice of instruments and mood
of arrangements. Earlier experience of the musicians of Triskele make
up a wide range of styles from early polyphony to modern jazz music.
|In interpreting source material Triskele has not tried to be authentic but rather to create musical visions based on these texts and melodies, which try to be spiritual mediums independent of present times and political systems.|
The emergence of RELIGIOUS FOLK SONG is a phenomenon
that belongs, to a large extent, to the 18th century. A distinctive chapter
in it is the adaptation of Lutheran hymns which we come across mainly
in Western Estonia, in the areas where Estonian Swedes lived and nearby.
Similar adaptations of hymns can be found in Finland and Sweden. These
songs are folk melodies sung to the texts of the Lutheran hymnal, where
traces of this or that hymnal tune can be found. Only in rare cases is
it possible to recognize the hymn clearly, in most cases it does not match
the text, that is, the supposed model tune is not sung to the corresponding
text but another text has been used. The religious folk song is a unique
phenomenon in Estonian culture, this is one of the points of contact which
relates us organically to European cultural traditions. And so it is perhaps
one of the most accessible aspects of our culture.
Contact: ansambel.triskele [at] gmail.com
phone: (+372) 55 671 134 or (+372) 55 590 468