Stepanida Borisova ‎– Vocal Evocations Of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia. (1)

CD, Album


1 Segetteim Oghoto (Beloved One) 8:15
2 Olonkho "Kyys Debiliye" 11:38
2 (Part 1) Introduction
2 (Part 2) Song 1: The Arrival Of Kyys Debiliye
2 (Part 3) Song 2: The Second Song Of Kyys Debiliye
2 (Part 4) Song 3: The Song Of War
3 Khara Suor (Black Raven) 7:09
4 Khappytyan! 1:17
5 Byrastylahyy (Farewell) 1:18
6 Cuckoo 2:17
7 Bihik Yryata (Lullaby) 3:21
8 Kuokh Keteris Yryata 5:19
9 Hyttya-Hyttya (Summer Song) 7:16


Stepanida Borisova is a singer and actress at the Sakha Theatre in Yakutsk, the capital of the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia. Well-known as a singer and master of the lyrical improvisation, tojuk, an improvised style based on the traditional epic storytelling genre of olonkho, and algys, a blessing genre. Tojuk has two main styles, dierettii yrya sung in a melismatic and flowing manner, and degeren yrya, rhythmic, measured singing; both styles use kylsakhs glottal ornaments. She is both expert at Soviet-era Sakha repertoire and a champion of the archaic, improvised and spiritual language of olonkho and shamanic singing. On this album, Stepanida couples a full olonkho episode to folksongs, modern songs and improvisations, performing both solo and with Jon Dobie (guitar) and Asaf Sirkis (drums).

Sleeve notes by Stepanida Borisova, Misha Maltsev & Keith Howard. Translations by Misha Maltsev

Produced by Misha Maltsev & Keith Howard

Recorded & mastered by Jerry Glasgow at SOAS, London, October 2006 & June 2007

Photographs by Glenn Ratcliffe, Keith Howard & Misha Maltsev
Sponsored by AHRC Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance

Publication Date: January 2008