by Jaime Belmonte

for a yoiker and seven instruments

Composed with Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman

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Jaime Belmonte


Music Finland


Ráidu is a piece for a yoiker and seven instruments that represents the outcome of the collaboration between Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman and Jaime Belmonte. The work integrates Sámi and Western conceptions of sonic creation and proposes an environment where both musical languages can coexist and engage in a fruitful dialogue while preserving their identities.

A yoik is a unique kind of vocalisation originated among the Sámi people from Northern Europe. Using only sounds, a yoik portrays a subject, usually a person, an animal or a natural phenomenon. The yoiker visualises the subject and portrays it in such a powerful way that the subject becomes present for the yoiker: it materialises.

A yoik is not linear, but circular. It can be conceived as a melody but it usually consists of smaller units that can be combined in very diverse ways. It also has a very big component of improvisation, and the pitch and tempo can fluctuate during the performance.

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Ráidu is organised around four original luohti created by Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman: Biekkastit, Čáihni, Ráidu and Vuoiŋŋat. Each one of these luohti has a very concrete subject that is described in the score, and a compact version of the original luohti’s melody is provided as a reference for the instrumentalists. The instrumentalist has to perform this piece with a yoiking attitude: a strong visualisation of the subject provides the instrumentalist with the necessary information to portray the subject as accurately as possible using only the sonic material that is given in the score. The rest of the movements do not have an original luohti, but should be performed with the same attitude.



voc [yoik], fl+pic+bfl, cl+cl in Eb+bcl, perc, pno, vln, vla, vlc


Chamber Works, Vocal and Choral Works


Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman, yoik, Norrbotten NEO Ensemble, Hetan Musiikkipäivät, April 7, 2023, Enontekiö, Finland


1. Biekkastit, 2. Čáihni, 3. Ráidu, 4. Vuoiŋŋat, 5. Muohttit, 6. Eanan, 7. Goaivu, 8. Vuoiŋŋadit, 9. Moraš

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