Mar 3, 2016
Alexander Arhincheev - about creativity, "Shono" group and the first studio album.
Ссылка: Интервью в Jazz-Квадрат
SHONO: the band frontman Alexander Arkhincheyev answers some questions from Sketis Music, the World Music label from Russia.
We started the group more or less recently and we are still looking for new ways of expression. What we do is, we just play the songs the way we like. If our songs are easy to accept and remember, then it is the proof we did not do that in vain…
Originally we only used traditional instruments to play traditional songs. So the present group started in 2013 when we went on tour to France with Zorigto Batotsyrenov, who plays the electric guitar. After that tour we decided to create the present group with its electric wibes, the group you know today.
There are multiple sources that inspire us. They are city, country, and of course nature as well. Meeting interesting people, listening to new music, touring abroad, and simply being in a good mood – all of these are vital for our creativity.
Buryat musicians play Mongolian songs. Do they do it often? I would say, neither much too often nor too seldom. Kind of medium. Mongolian and Buryat cultures are related. Songs we play at the moment are all exclusively Buryat. We do the singing that accompanies yookhor (circle dance) in “Khadiin Khursa” and the “long song” from Western Buryats, “Zulayashye”, all of them coming from the depths of the ages, it is just that in our album they sound in a more modern version.
My way as a traditional performes, started back in 2005. Then at the urging of my mom I enrolled in Tchaikovsky Music College in Ulan-Ude to study morin huur (Buryat horse-head fiddle). From the very beginning there, I have had this idea to start my own band and to play music arranged in my own way. Most of the traditional material we have been using came to us from the country, so to say, by word of mouth.
For a period of time, Buryat throatsinging tradition had been lost. But lately there have been more and more people willing to revive it. What we do through our music, is that we encourage and propagate the revival of throatsinging, and of playing Buryat traditional instruments. The roots of throatsinging tradition go deep into ancient times. Some people have it that throatsinging style known as hoomey or khomei, Buryat people anciently called “boolen”, from “boo”, the shaman. So boolen was a term for shaman’s singing or divination. So we think that throatsinging is our religious heritage, a part of Shamanist tradition.
We have had a lot of appreciation and warm feedback that we really appreciate, from our homeland. Despite us being a comparatively new group, and we do not tour as often as we would like, we have some loyal fans who were very eager to geth our new album. Now we are getting ready for a big tour around the cities of Siberia and we would like to go play on a more local level as well. Of course there are many funny things happening on tour. All our musicians are blessed with a good sense of humor, so one of our favorite ways to spend the time on the train or on the plane is to make up new funny words. It is a lot of fun spending time together even just sitting there! Agoodcheermakesthewholelifemucheasier!
Official pages of the group in social networks: https://vk.com/shonoband, https://www.facebook.com/groups/shonoband/
Questions from the editors label Sketis Music
The text was prepared by Anna Rzhevina