Woven Songs

02007-07-06 | Environment, Movies, Santa Fe, World | 1 comment

Note from Barrett:

“WOVEN SONGS OF THE AMAZON: CURING SONGS OF THE SHIPIBO SHAMANS”
July 7th, 7:45 pm at the Santa Fe Film Center, 1616 St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico

This is a documentary film that I worked on in the Peruvian Amazon, and it is premiering at the Santa Fe Film Center. I believe there is a small entrance fee, as this is a fundraiser for the Shipibo tribe, who are featured in the film.
I and Luis Guerra were the music and soundtrack advisors on the film, and we recorded the music of these shamans on location, in the Village of San Francisco de Yarina Cocha, on the banks of the Ucayali River, Upper Peruvian Amazon. The singing of these shamans is said to cure many things, both physical maladies as well as spiritual ones. Their songs are called “icaros” and these magical incantations are “received” by the shamans through the jungle biosphere. Every plant, tree, animal, bug, and elemental spirit in the Amazon has its own “icaro”, which the shamans then harness by singing the corresponding “icaro” to affect an appropriate curing for the patient. I was deeply moved by my experience down there, both musically and spiritually, and it gave me a much better understanding of the very small world in which we all live. I think this movie will affect you in the same way, because it is about Spirit, Music, and the importance of living in balance with the environment. These are things we all need to remember.

Well said. I am looking forward to seeing the movie. Barrett and I will attend the premiere tomorrow evening.

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  1. llindaskaye

    Ottmar, so you knowe…i enjoye your site very much though was guitar that brought me to it…i am a beginner and learning how to play nowe is a life-long dream come true…it does not come easy though i do love the instrument and the soundes and your teachinges style…i have somethinge of an awareness of the amazon as many other places of the worlde…si i believethinke it is really interestinge to knowe and learn about also…i was in sante fe briefly also and loved the area and the peoples there also…there is soooooooooooooooo much to knowe and so i do try to enjoye the journey as i go also…i love your style and wit and humor and hope to be a help also…amore amigoeas, llindaskaye e.p. *******

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