One summer day I packed my backpack and headed out on an ethnographic expedition. I had just passed my exams and finished my first year as a student of the Moscow Academy of Music. This annual tour involves different students every go around because only several professors are engaged yet all students must participate at least once.
Our ethnographic laboratory had been studying the Bryansk region on the west of Russia for many years. This time we traveled in small groups of three students and one teacher and had to record ancient folk songs from people in the villages. Usually, when we came to a village, we met somebody from the administration or from the local library and then they introduced us to old women who could sing different, almost forgotten songs from the depth of centuries.