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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

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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

POLAR VOICES 
From the Arctic to the Atlantic 

Music of the Arctic, 

Russian 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.
   

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Ensemble XXI 

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.

PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

The Hunt Museum
Friday, 2nd October 2015 at 1pm

The Custom House 
Rutland Street, Limerick, Ireland

 

Áras Éanna Arts Centre, Inis Oírr, 
 
The Aran Islands, Ireland 
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 8.30pm

Ensemble XXI wishes to thank

Áras Éanna

Lally Tours