Ánde Somby + John Giorno + Bob Holman Perform

Sun, 26 April 2015 // 03:30 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

Don't miss this rare trio: Ánde Somby + John Giorno+ Bob Holman, 3:30pm Sunday, April 26th!

Are we simply humans? Or are there animals inside of us? Plants? Landscapes? This is the underlying question in Ánde Somby’s preformance. During the performance there will be given “yoik-impersonations” of birds, insects and animals.This is influenced by the idea of transformation in the pre-Christian Sámi religion – that a human could transform into an animal and back to a human again. And the inspiration is that in our modern day many birds and animals are threatened. How would they feel about pollution, for example?

TICKETS: $10 advance, $15 at the door http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1475585

Ánde Somby is a yoiker. A yoiker yoiks yoiks. Yoiks are the traditional chanting of the Sámi people of northern scandinavia and of north western part of Russia. Yoiks originate from the pre christian shamanistic religious practices, and has therefore been banned and campaigned against ever since the sami people came in contact with christianity and later with the emerging national states. People have been burned under allegations for witchcraft. The drums that were used during the rituals were burned or confiscated. Yoiks are the evidence that songs cannot be burned away. Yoiks are vibrant and alive as ever before.

Ánde Somby has been performing since he was 16. He has performed at his native Sámiland. The in the north land without borders. He has been performing in the USA, Taiwan, Canada and in many European countries. He has also been producing records with other yoikers as well as given numerous academic presentations about yoik. Even though he documents the tradition through his deep roots into the art of yoiking, Sombys signature as a yoiker is his existential style of yoiking. His inspiration is the idea of transformation in the pre christian religion – that a human could transform into an animal and back to a human again. He yoiks with the traditional techniques. Somby stretches his voice to its limits in a hope that the imagination in the listener will fly beyond.