October 23, 2005

Screaming men

Huutajat, a men's choir from Finland, makes my hair stand on end. They are a choir in the sense that they have a director and warm up their voices before performing, but instead of singing, they scream. You can download their version of the Star Spangled Banner from their website, www.huutajat.org.

There is a great documentary about the group called Screaming Men, by Mika Ronkainen. In my favorite scene an icebreaker crashes to a halt. Empty cold silence, nothing but ice and wind. The choir climbs over the side of cold steel hull (in tuxedos) and lines up in front of their director, and performs. Incredible!


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