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KaydaraFotoPVahiPEETER VÄHI

TO LEYDI KAYDARA KAAWOYNIINDI

IN THE MYSTICAL LAND OF KAYDARA
An African initiation rite

An African initiation rite for vocal soloists, narrator, girls’ choir, male choir, symphony orchestra and optional visuals.


− To Kaydara leydi muuɗum kaawnoyiindi
walaa neɗɗanke waawoya darna hiɓɓa
fa anndina en nde wannoo maa ɗo wonnoo.
Yo caggal kaaƴe njoordii duuɓi seeɗa
tawi jinnaji asidii maaje tildii.
Hammadi ruuyti yehi daroyii e boowal,
nde oolol kanŋinoowol fooyni yeeso
hono ndee fooyre yaynata Laamɗo Ɗokko.

− It was in the mysterious, distant country of Kaydara
which no one can locate exactly
nor tell us when or where the story took place.
It was only a few years after the mountains had hardened,
when the world-forces were just finishing carving out the river beds.
Hesitating, Hammadi advanced to a large crossroads and stopped
at the hour when a soft golden glimmering shone on the horizon
like the aura that lights the One-Eyed King.

 

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IMZ International Music + Media Centre presents: Avant Première Screenings − In the Mystical Land of Kaydara, video-film by Jüri Tallinn. Feb 13th, 2017 at 3.45 pm in Scandic Hotel Potsdamer Plaz Screening Hall, Berlin, Germany.
LogoGoGroupNext live performance on Feb 18th, 2017 in Shanghai Symphony Hall, China. Performers Matias Haakana (tenor), Markus Nieminen (baritone), Anatoly Safiulin (basso), Peeter Oja (narrator), Shanghai Opera House Chorus, Estonian National Male Choir, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kristjan Järvi. The main sponsor of Shanghai concert is GO Group.
In January 2017 will be released DVD In the Mystical Land of Kaydara In the Mystical Land of Kaydara (video by Jüri Tallinn)

Title in Fulani To Leydi Kaydara kaawoyniindi / in English In the Mystical Land of Kaydara / in Estonian Müstilisel Kaydara-maal
Lyrics in Fulani language by Amadou Hampâté Bâ (1901−1991)
Narrator’s text in Estonian, English, Fulani or French
Estonian translation of lyrics Eva Diallo (Bamako, Mali)
Estonian lyrics adapted and edited by Karin Kastehein
Duration ca 60 min

LogoKaydaraMovement I: ... After the Mountains Had Hardened
Movement II: Journey to the Underworld
Movement III: Before the Throne of Kaydara player fragm, live, 3 min 15 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps
Movement IV: Gold, a Lot of Gold
Movement V: The Death of Demburu and Hamtuudo player fragm, live, 3 min 58 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps
Movement VI: Coronation of Hammadi
Movement VII: The Mystery of Kaydara player fragm, live, 4 min 55 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps

In the Mystical Land of Kaydara is an epic-like traditional tale of the Fulani or Fula people, who live in Mali, Senegal and some regions in Western Africa. This originally oral history was compiled and written down in the Fulani language by a Malian writer and ethnologist Amadou-Hampâté Bâ (1901–1991).
The story of the land of Kaydara is in its essence a description of an initiation rite, a story of consecration − a person, who is deemed worthy gets to know something that others never will. His or her social status is elevated and he or she is given bigger power. But in order to prove their readiness and capability, they must undergo certain tests and trials.
And so, three friends − Hammadi, Hamtudo and Demburu − start their journey towards the mystical land of Kaydara. It is a world of shadows ruled by the invisible Kaydara − the god of knowledge and gold (it is believed that the name Kaydara means ‘purpose’ or ‘end’).
On this journey they encounter different symbols, but the only one who can notice and give important meaning to these symbols is Hammadi. He is also the only one of the three friends, who follows Kaydara's advice derived from the laws of nature and ancestors experience.
Kaydara gives the friends a lot of gold for their journey. They are warned about the ambiguity of this gesture − the gold can bring them riches and well-being but it can also be a destructive force. Once again, Hammadi is the only one of the three friends who is able to maintain a clear head when faced against challenges, foreseeing that gold, when used wisely, can be helpful in acquiring new knowledge. And so he is blessed to live in happiness and contentment and becomes a great ruler without ever desiring it.
Many of Peeter Vähi’s earlier works have been inspired by distant and exotic places. For example, the cantatas Supreme Silence and Green Tārā are directly related to his repeated stays in Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhist monasteries; percussion concerto Call of Sacred Drums is a result of collaboration with Japanese taiko-drummers; the inspiration for Antartic Concerto is not hard to guess; Mary Magdalene Gospel, lasting more than an hour, was composed after visiting former Coptic churches in Ethiopia. Such is the case for this composition as well − the idea of the piece started growing on the expedition African Round, took the author through 27 African countries in 2012 and 2013. Therefore, Kaydara isn’t technically composed sitting behind a desk or a piano, but is rather Vähi's African experiences and impressions that have taken the form of music.
Peeter Vähi doesn’t directly use Fulani folk tunes in this composition, but the exotic colouring is given by the Fulani language and African rhythms. In addition, the percussion arsenal of the symphony orchestra was complemented with various instruments that the composer brought with him from numerous trips to Africa.

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First performers: Tanel Padar (narrator), Mati Turi (Demburu − tenor), Rauno Elp (Hammadi − baritone), Priit Volmer (Hamtuudo − basso), Girls’ Choir Ellerhein (chorus master Ingrid Kõrvits), Estonian National Male Choir RAM, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mihhail Gerts, visual design by Robin Nõgisto and Jaanus Nõgisto

Commissioned by Estonian National Concert Institute Eesti Kontsert
Supported by Tiit Pruuli

Premières on Oct 10th, 2015, in Vanemuine Concert Hall, Tartu, Estonia, and on Oct 11th, in Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
Premiere live broadcasting and audio-recording by Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR), premiere live video recording by Jüri Tallinn and Viking Film

The next performance: Feb 18th, 2017 at Shanghai Symphony Hall, China, performers − Shanghai Opera House Chorus, Estonian National Male Choir, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, conductor Kristjan Järvi

Score:

KaydaraPercussionNarrator
Vocal soloists − tenor, baritone, basso (in Fulani language)
Girls’ choir SS-AA (in Fulani Language)
Male choir TT-BB (in Fulani Language)
2 Piccolo flutes
Flute
2 Oboes
English horn
Piccolo clarinet in E-flat
Clarinet in B-flat
Baritone saxophone in E-flat
Bassoon
Double bassoon
4 French horns in F
3 Trumpets in C
3 Trombones
Tuba
Marimbaphone (4.6 octave)
Kettle drums (set of 5 instruments – 20'', 23'', 26'', 29'', 32'')
3 percussionists − Splash cymbal, Thunder sheet, 2 African drums, 2 African maracas, Rain stick, Bamboo wind chime, Axatse-rattle, 200-litre fuel Drum (= barrel / container), Gran cassa, Hand claps
Harp
1st Violins (divisi in 2)
2nd Violins (divisi in 2)
Violas (divisi in 2)
Cellos (divisi in 2)
Double basses (divisi in 2)
Visuals on the LCD-screen or backdrop (ad libitum)

Download fragments of the score: Mov I (pages 13−24, PDF A3); Mov V (pages 7−22, PDF A3)
Download the lyrics of the work (8 pages A4, PDF)
Download liner notes by Karin Kastehein (in Estonian, 2 pages A4, PDF)
player listen to the whole live recording (ERR, engineered by Tanel Klesment), 1 h 1 min 35 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps

Press resonance

Peeter Vähi oratoorium... pakkus nüüd ka eestlastele võimaluse erinevate meeltega kaasa elada “Kaydara” eepose sõnumile, mis on ju aktuaalne ka siin põhjamaal 21. sajandil. ... esietendusel Estonia kontserdisaalis oli kohal ka Eva Diallo. Ta tunnistas, et teos oli väga mõjuv. (Tiina Kangro, Linnaleht, 03./04.12.15, Estonia)

... Vähi sai idee Aafrika ekspeditsioonil aastatel 2012−2013, mille raames läbiti 24 riiki. Pärimuste kõrval on kasutatud palju helilooja isiklikke muljeid ja läbielamisi selle füüsiliselt ja moraalselt väga raske retke jooksul. ... enam kui 200-liikmeline kooslus, kuhu kuuluvad Eesti Rahvusmeeskoor, tütarlastekoor Ellerhein, Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester koos laiendatud etniliste löökpillide rühmaga. ... grandioossele muusikateosele loovad videolavastusliku poole isa ja poeg Jaanus ja Robin Nõgisto... Visuaalse poole eesmärgiks on luua muusikale müstiline atmosfäär, mis viiks kuulajad-vaatajad loo sisse. (Sirp, 09.10.15, Estonia)

... “Müstilisel Kaydara-maal” aluseks olid tükikesed fula eeposest, kus juttu kolme noore mehe initsiatsiooniriitusest, nende teekonnast varjude maailma, mille valitsejaks on teadmiste ja kulla jumalus Kaydara. /.../ “Kaydara-maa” esiettekanne oli Estonia kontserdisaalis 2015 ja paar aastat hiljem kutsus Shanghai sümfooniaorkester Peeter Vähi koos oma teose ja Eesti rahvusmeeskooriga Hiinasse. Sinna sõitis ka tõlkija Eva Diallo ning läksin minagi sest sündmusest osa saama. Ma ei imesta, et hiinlased tahtsid Peetri Aafrika-ainelist oopust Shanghais etendada. Esiteks on see muidugi väga põnev ja universaalne muusikateos, mida sobib esitada kõikjal maailmas. (Tiit Pruuli, Minu maailm. Romantiku(te) heitlused, 2017, Estonia)

...ainus helilooja Eestis, kes on loonud muusikat sanskriti-, jaapani-, tiibeti ja koptikeelsetele tekstidele, leidis pea pooleaastasel Aafrika-ekspeditsioonil inspiratsiooni Malis elava väikerahva fulanide rahvuseeposest, mille ainetel valmis initsiatsiooniriitus “Müstilisel Kaydara-maal”. ... on vaja väga suurt esitusaparaati – osaleb üle 200 muusiku: kolm meessolisti /.../, kaks koori ja sümfooniaorkester. Lauldakse fulani keeles... (Stin Eilsen, Go Reisiajakiri, 5 / 2015, Estonia)


Still images from the DVD coming soon (video director Jüri Tallinn)

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See also:
List of main works by Peeter Vähi
Mary Magdalene Gospel
Call of Sacred Drums
Guitar concerto No 2 Antarctic Concerto