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Polar Voices - From the Arctic to the Atlantic
Thu 7 July 2016, 20:00 – 21:00 IST
Music of the Arctic
Russian Discoveries of an Irish Explorer & the Oval Office Desk
by the Leaders of Ensemble XXI & Polar Voices Pia Siirala, Violin & Lygia O'Riordan, Narrator
Ensemble XXI, Russia's first independent orchestra, founded by the Irish conductor, Lygia O'Riordan and the Finnish violinist, Pia Siirala during their studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory has, over the last decade, carried out an intense study of the music of the indigenous peoples of the Russian Arctic, namely in Chukotka, Kamchatka and in Sub Arctic Sakhalin. This resulted in the establishment of Polar Voices, which is dedicated to the preservation of the music collected in recordings & film and in its preservation and exposition as a world treasure.
The world is rightly concentrating on the disappearance of ice and creatures in the Arctic as we witness the horror of climate change, yet there is another catastrophe occurring in the Arctic too - the disappearance of the cultural treasures of small nations. It can be compared to the white washing of ancient cave paintings or the destruction of ancient artefacts. In the case of the ancient music from Palaeolithic times, once it goes to the grave with the indigenous Elders it can never be heard again.
Polar Voices - from the Arctic to the Atlantic presents this music in film and describes in readings from diaries written during the field trips of ''Polar Voices'' life amongst the nomads and the Small Nations of the Russian Arctic. Pia Siirala will perform her composition for solo violin on indigenous themes Ulita's Walk.
The performance will also tell the story of the Irish explorer, Henry Kellett who was one of the foremost Arctic explorers in the mid 1800's. He discovered the two islands, Herald and Wrangel that now make up the Russian National Arctic Park, also known as the ''Nursery of Polar Bears''.
''Polar Voices - From the Arctic to the Atlantic'' will tell the extraordinary story of how Vice Admiral Henry Kellett brought Ireland right into the Oval Office.
Tickets €10, concessions €6 (availble at door)
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