Omnium is proud to present the original cast recording of Ruth MacKenzie’s Kalevala: Dream of the Salmon Maiden. This soaring blend of powerful music, song and dance was a complete sellout for its first two theatrical runs, and the music is now captured on CD.
Based on a Finnish saga, it’s the story of the untamable within us, exploring the thin line between earth, animal and the human voice. In 1993, while on tour in Finland with Red House Records group Trova, Ruth MacKenzie fell under the spell of a vocal style called “kulning” (a high-pitched Swedish song for calling animals). She soon returned to Scandinavia to study this and other traditional vocal styles.
With Kalevala… she has achieved a unique balance between ancient and modern. She sings both in Finnish and English, combining folk melodies with original songs inspired by the tradition.
This CD features a stellar ensemble, including Peter Ostroushko on fiddle and Dean Magraw on guitar.