Polar Voices – From the Arctic to the Atlantic

Thursday July 7 2016, 8pm 

County Museum Dundalk  
Carroll Centre, Roden Place, Jocelyn Street,Dundalk

Music of the Arctic, Russian discoveries of an Irish Explorer
by the Leaders of Ensemble XXI
Lygia O'Riordan, Narratror, Pia Siirala, Violin


Polar Voices – From the Arctic to the Atlantic presents the music of the Russian Arctic's indigenous people in film and describes in readings from diaries, written during the field trips of “Polar Voices”, life among the nomads and the Small Nations of the Russian Arctic. The Finnish violinist, Pia Siirala will perform her composition for solo violin on indigenous themes “Ulita's Walk”. Polar Voices – From the Arctic to the Atlantic also introduces the story of the great Irish 19th century explorer, Henry Kellett who discovered the two islands in the Russian Arctic that today make up the Russian National Arctic Park, also known as the “Nursery of Polar Bears”. Kellett worked with the ancestors of the indigenous people with whom Ensemble XXI now works in Chukotka and Kamchatka. Kellett’s story brings Ireland directly into the Oval office in a most unique and extraordinary way.



Lygia O'Riordan and Pia Siirala performing 

on April 18th 2016 in NUI Galway, Aula Maxima

From the Arctic to the Atlantic






Ensemble XXI on