echoes of home - on yelping and other forms of song
A Film by STEFAN SCHWIETERT
What does a baby’s cry have in common with the echo of a mountain yodler, and what connects the head tone of a Tuvin nomad with the stage show of a vocal artist? The answer is: THE VOICE. Against a background of powerful alpine vistas and modern city landscapes, «heimatklänge» enters the wondrous sonic world of three exceptional Swiss vocal artists. Their universe of sound extends far beyond what we would describe as singing. In their en-megagement with local and foreign traditions, the powerful mountain landscape becomes a stage as do the landscapes and sonic backdrops of modern life.
> For me as a musician the question of «Where do I come from?» is of fundamental importance. What is it that I draw on to create? The further I can go back, the more ingrained this foundation is, the greater its strength and the more powerful my artistic expression.
> I assume that at some point the human being had the urge to extend the pleasure of speaking (...) When you begin to open up your heart the note becomes longer.
Experiencing emotions does not make for brevity.
> The most wonderful part of it all is when you can sing without having to conform to anything. We can be so free. If we knew how free we could be, we would burst.