Monday, 3 June 2013

New upload by Orphologist.

The Orphologist channel on You Tube is dedicated to traditional music presented within the frame work of Window to Europe (link), a small foundation based in Amstedam. Here you find many unique materials from research trips, concert programs and other related items.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

First web radio of the Siberian Republic of Tuva. A unique opportunity to listen  to the traditional and pop music of the region.  Listen!

The last music cassettes kiosk on the market of Kyzyl, capital of Tuva, spring 2012. Photo by Orphologist

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Feherlofia (Son of the White Mare)

During Shamanism program in Zaal 100 on April 26 Primitive Equations will show some edited material from animation films based on shamanistic myths. PEQ will create its own new soundtrack live for those edits.
One of the films we have chosen is "Fehérlófia" or "Son Of The White Mare", animation film from 1981 by a Hungarian Marcell Jankovics. Based on the work of László Arany and ancient Hunnic and Avaric legends, Fehérlófia is a tribute to the old steppe peoples. 
This amazing animation tells a story surreal and magical, yet full of archetypal symbolism and built in accordance with mytho-logic.

Here you can watch the original film with an original soundtrack. Prees CC button for English translation captions.

Read more details about the film and its director here:  

Friday, 19 April 2013

SHAMANISM program by Primitive Equations

April 26, 2013, from 17:00, Zaal 100 De Wittenstraat 100, Amsterdam  

Primitive Equations cordially invite you to take part in our special event dedicated to phenomenon of Shamanism. Our program includes:
17.00 - Screening of films and footage from Soviet and Russian documentaries on Shamanic practices of Siberian people.
18.00 - Vegetarian meal at the restaurant of Zaal 100.
20.00 - Meeting with shaman Lyudmila Oyun from Tuva who will conduct a blessing ceremony
21.00 - Audio visual session with ultra rare mix of shamanic animation films and electro-acoustic performance of Primitive Equations
22.30 - Primitive Equations DJ set with exotic extravaganza from around the world.

Lyudmila Oyun is a hereditary shaman woman from Tuva, South Siberia, Russia. This small isolated country near the border with Mongolia is famous for its ancient living  tradition of shamanism, that survived repressions during the times of communism. Tuvan shamanism was studied thoroughly by numerous ethnologists and anthropologists, including Sevyan Vainstein. Lyudmila Oyun lives in Kyzyl, capital of Tuva. She is a practicing shaman and healer. 

< Detail of Lyudmila's costume

Primitive Equations (PEQ) is an ethnographic audio-visual art duo from Amsterdam. German Popov (OMFO) and Maxim Chapochnikov (Dr. Goldfinger) collect and work with anthropological and ethnographic materials such as image, sound and artefact and use them as a source for research performance. They frequently collaborate with the musicians of various diaspora. PEQ is a lab where the archetypes of modern music and popular culture get explored.
For this special evening
Primitive Equations will open up its treasure box of collected sound and visual materials, musical instruments and ecstatic techniques to undertake a transforming action.
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Entrance fee 8 Euro
Meal 8 Euro
Reservation desirable through

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

PRIMITIVE EQUATIONS are invited by LiteSide festival to present the CHAIKHANA and conduct the following activities on the subject of Silk Road and its cultural legacy:

30.06.2012 location: Toko MC, Kleine Studio, Westergasterrein, Amsterdam

15.00 – 19.00 Chaikhana experience.
'Chaikhana' is the ancient teahouse along the legendary Silk Road that ran between Europe via Central Asia to China.
Stop your caravan, unload your mind from daily obligations and pop in to relax over cup of tea. Immerse in the atmosphere of Central Asian music and imagery and experience the timeless futurism of Central Asian civilization. entrance..............................................

19.00 – 20.30 Central Asian cinema. TAKHIR AND ZUKHRA. Uzbekfilm 1946.1 h 24 min. Directed by : Nabi GANIEV (Наби ГАНИЕB) 

Based on the Uzbek story similar to Romeo and Juliet, Takhir and Zukhra are childhood sweethearts brought up together at the royal court, only to be torn apart as teenagers when Takhir is banished from the kingdom. Shot in shimmering black-and-white by Daniil Demutsky, the great cinematographer who also shot Dovzhenko's Arsenal and Earth, with eye-filling sets and costumes, TAKHIR AND ZUKHRA is a feast for the eyes and ears, with the magicaly beautiful Gulyam Aglayev and Yuldus Rysayeva as the enchanted lovers (it's hard to say who's prettier, Takhir or Zukhra) and Bollywood - style musical interludes in the bargain. Voice translation in Dutch. entrance......................................

21.30 - 22.30 OMFO live concert with Jamil Al-Assadi, Latif Alobaidi, Fay Lovsky.

..........................entrance 13.50 Euro......................................

22.30 - 03.00 Primitive Equations DJ session with music and video's from Central Asia and Middle East. entrance......................................

In the ger (Mongolian tent):

15.30 - 16.30 Chinese Tea tasting with the tea master Amanda Yiu from
Formocha Premium Tea
..........................entrance 13.50 Euro......................................


In Toko MC
13.00 - 19.00 Primitive Equations DJ session with music and video's from Central Asia and Middle East. entrance......................................

In the ger (Mongolian tent):

17.00 - 18.00 Chinese Tea tasting with a tea master Amanda Yiu from
Formocha Premium Tea
..........................entrance 13.50 Euro......................................

See full program and information on the LiteSide Festival at

Monday, 13 February 2012

Шагаа биле! Shagaa, Tsagaan Sar, Losar

Primitive Equations (PEQ) continue research of the New Year rites and rituals from around the world. The lunisolar Tibetan calendar, adopted by Mongols and Tuvans marks the beginning of the New Water Dragon Year on February 22, 2012.

On this auspicious occasion you are all cordially invited to mark this day with PEQ. Known as Losar in Tibet, and Tsagaan Sar in Mongolia, Shagaa is a Tuvan New Year - a day when display of hospitality and generosity is a way to welcome renewal and positive change.

Ceremonial and musical blessings will be conducted by our very special guests from the Republic of Tuva (Siberia). PEQ's DJ set will follow with exotic music and videos from around the world. Traditional Tuvan milk tea and rare beverages as well as delicious snacks will cheer your spirit up.
May your thoughts be clean and your future bright!
PEQ's tip: according to a centuries old tradition, greeting the Sun on the New Year's morning can be highly beneficial for you and those around you. Don't miss the sunrise on February 22 at 07:40 CET.

1. Gathering
2. Altar building (bring your offerings for good fortune!)
3. Shagaa ceremony
4. Live Tuvan music and throat singing
5. PEQ's DJ set

This event is kindly hosted by Club Karlsson
Date: February 22, 2012
Time: 20:00. Please arrive on time (if late ring the bell at Karlsson)
Address: Club Karlsson, Keizersgracht 264, Amsterdam

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