Bear Limvere | Karu Eestis 2013

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Karu Eestis 2013

by Bear Limvere

Songs recorded in Estonia, my mother's homeland, dedicated to my relations there. Sounds of the Baltic Sea, and echos of long-destroyed churches underlay the sweet sound of the Native American Flute. The title is Estonian for "Bear in Estonia!"
Genre: World: Native American
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1. Kivimaa Coast
3:12 $0.99
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2. Ruins of Tartu Toomkirik
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3. Pärnu By the Sea / Lament for the Old Ways
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4. Sea Birds for Kustas
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5. Käina Kirik / Ruins At Hiiumaa
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6. Käina Church Fallen
3:05 $0.99
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7. Spirit Runner's Grandson
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8. For Kateriin
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9. Avian Conversations
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Album Notes
Bear Limvere is descended from Estonian and Colorado Indigenous peoples. He was raised dancing in the pow-wow circle, and regularly attends Beardance and Sundance at Southern Ute. This was Bear's first trip to his mother's homeland of Estonia and part of him felt like it had finally come home. These tracks were recorded live at various places including the old family farm west of Tallinn, by the Baltic Sea, long-destroyed churches in Tartu, and on the island if Hiiumaa, where his ancestors came from to the mainland.

Blending his chosen instrument of Native American Flute with the traditions taught from both sides, these songs are a tribute to Bear's ancestors and relatives still living in Estonia, and the wonderful friends he made while there. What was originally a "once-in-a-lifetime" trip will now be a regular "pilgrimage" to visit.

"Kivimaa Coast" was recorded by the Baltic Sea, about 20km west of Tallinn, where his Grandfather's family lived and fished.

"Ruins of Tartu Toomkirik" was recorded in a partially destroyed stairwell of a church originally built in the late 1300's in Tartu, Estonia.

"Pärnu By The Sea - Lament For The Old Ways" was recorded on the beach in the resort town of Pärnu. Alone on the beach with the wind and waves, thinking of all that has been lost in the name of progress, our sacred places, our respect. But they live on in some and so will stay forever.

"Sea Birds for Kustas" was recorded at the ferry landing where his Grandmother's great grandfather first came from Hiiumaa to the mainland.

"Käina Kirik - Ruins at Hiiumaa" and "Käina Church Fallen" were both recorded halfway up the crumbling stone stairs to the now missing choir loft of a church destroyed by German bombing in 1942. The site is now a historical site and bird sanctuary.

"Spirit Runner's Grandson" and "For Kateriin" were both recorded on the coast near Grandfather's farm. "For Kateriin" was inspired by a new friend made on the trip.

"Avian Conversations" was played using an innovative hand-flute by Ward Stroud. Bear carries on a conversation of sorts with the swans, gulls, and other sea birds along the Baltic Sea below Kivimaa. Not being fluent in Estonian bird language, he was not sure whether they got anything from the talk at all!

All recorded with an Ken Light ABS Travel Flute, on a Droid 4 using HiQ MP3 recorder, and mastered using Cakewalk Music Creator 6.

Album cover photo by Kris Limvere Baxter, in "Katariin's Gild" in Tallinn, Estonia.

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