Polar Voices – From the Arctic to the Atlantic
July 7 2016, 8pm
Roden Place, Jocelyn Street,Dundalk
Music of the Arctic,
Russian discoveries of an Irish Explorer
by the Leaders of
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.
Monday, April 18th 2016 at
7.30.pm for 8.00pm, NUI Galway, Aula Maxima
From the Arctic to the Atlantic
Music of the Arctic,
discoveries of an Irish Explorer & the Oval Office Desk
by the Leaders
of Ensemble XXI & Polar Voices
Lygia O'Riordan, Narrator
Pia Siirala, Violin
Conductor Lygia O'Riordan will present a performance dedicated to the ancient music of the indigenous people of the Russian Arctic, as well as the story of the great Irish explorer, Henry Kellett in the Arctic. It describes Ensemble XXI's Arctic work in film, recordings and photography as well as life among the reindeer herders in readings from diaries written during the ''Polar Voices'' field trips. The Leader of Ensemble XXI, Finnish violinist Pia Siirala,will also perform her composition for solo violin on indigenous themes, ''Ulita's Walk''.
The duration of the performance is one hour and will be followed by a reception.
The performance will commence promptly at 8.00PM. Doors open at 7.30PM.
Polar Voices is
dedicated to the study and preservation of the music of the indigenous
people of the Russian Arctic.
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 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.''
''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 also perform her composition for solo
violin on indigenous themes ''Ulita's Walk''.
''It will come as no great surprise to anyone in Ireland that even in the
Arctic you will find a dramatic Irish story'', says conductor Lygia
O'Riordan. ''This is indeed one of the great hidden pieces of Irish
history in the Russian Arctic and the story of an Irish explorer who
should be a household name in Ireland. Vice Admiral Sir Henry Kellett was
one of the British Navy's foremost Arctic explorers in the 19th century.
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.
Much of his success in the Arctic and in particular in the regions where
we have been working with the indigenous peoples was because of his close
interaction with the ancestors of the same indigenous peoples''.
''From the Arctic to the Atlantic'' will also tell the extraordinary story
of how Vice Admiral Henry Kellett from Tipperary brought Ireland right
into the Oval Office.
The Hunt Museum
Friday, 2nd October 2015 at 1pm
The Custom House
Rutland Street, Limerick, Ireland
Arts Centre, Inis Oírr,
The Aran Islands, Ireland
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 8.30pm
XXI wishes to thank