Baltic Sea Philharmonic (Kristjan Järvi)

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The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is a new paradigm for music making in the 21st century. Its concerts are a unique spectacle of sound, light, projection art and choreography; its passion for playing orchestral works from memory transforms the musical experience for both players and audiences; and its performances, under the electrifying baton of Music Director Kristjan Järvi, have a special passion and energy that’s infectious. But even more than this, as a community of musicians from ten Nordic countries, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic transcends geographical and historical boundaries and has become a movement for bringing people together. Embodying all that is innovative and progressive about the Nordic region, this visionary ensemble is taking the traditional orchestral model further than ever before.

Midnight Sun

Folllowing the great success of their ‘Midnight Sun’ tour in summer 2019, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi will again leave behind old concert formats in summer 2020. In 2017, the orchestra wrote history with the world’s first performance of Stravinsky’s Firebird by heart. An immediate great success that motivates the musicians and Kristjan Järvi. With ‘Midnight Sun’ they take playing by heart even further and perform the entire concert from memory, giving the audience a unique and unforgettable concert experience: The musicians put their music stand aside and play completely from memory. The play without scores not only creates freedom but creates a deep bond between all musicians – a completely different way of communicating, both among the performers on the stage as well as between the orchestra and the audience.

The music of ‘Midnight Sun’ captures the magical atmosphere of a Nordic midsummer, and is inspired by the phenomenon of 24-hour daylight in the summer months above the Arctic Circle. Six pieces, including Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus, Stravinsky’s The Firebird, and works by Pēteris Vasks, Arvo Pärt, Kristjan Järvi and Max Richter together with Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen, make for a richly varied programme. The way the Baltic Sea Philharmonic presents this music is truly original: the pieces are interspersed with songs by Mick Pedaja, who is partnered by the full orchestra, ambient electronics, and his wife Angeelia on vocals; and the musicians perform the whole two-hour programme from memory, and with no breaks – just discreet transitions between pieces, sometimes improvised by the entire orchestra.

Preliminary programme

Kristjan Järvi: Aurora for violin and orchestra
Arvo Pärt: Fratres for violin, string orchestra and percussion
Mick Pedaja: Follow / Forest Hymn Pt.2 / Seis / Valgeks – To the Light / Life Full of Different Views / Mick & Angeelia alias MIANG
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus Op. 61
Max Richter: Dona Nobis Pacem

Igor Strawinsky: The Firebird
Pēteris Vasks: Lonely Angel for violin and string orchestra

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A natural innovator and dynamic leader, Kristjan Järvi has been breaking musical boundaries for 25 years. In 1993 he founded the genre-crossing Absolute Ensemble in New York, a band that brings together jazz, hip-hop, electro-acoustic, classical and other musical styles. As Music Director of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic since its formation in 2008 he has been dedicated to building a new orchestral model with creativity and risk-taking at its heart. This approach reaches new heights on the ‘Midnight Sun’ tour when, for the first time, the orchestra will perform an entire programme from memory. For Kristjan, the music of ‘Midnight Sun’ is all about nature and the far north – the Arctic. ‘We open with Rautavaara’s incredible Cantus Arcticus, which is like a hymn to nature,’ he says. ‘And we close with Stravinsky’s astonishing The Firebird, a piece written as if it was dedicated to nature.’

 

 

 

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The Baltic Sea Philharmonic, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2018, is a new paradigm for music making in the 21st century. It champions playing from memory, and is also transforming the concert experience with cutting-edge lighting, sound design and projection art. Under the electrifying baton of Estonian-born Music Director Kristjan Järvi, the orchestra’s performances have a special passion and energy that’s infectious. And as a community of musicians from ten Nordic countries the Baltic Sea Philharmonic transcends geographical and historical boundaries and has become a movement for bringing people together. Embodying all that is innovative and progressive about the Nordic region, this visionary ensemble is taking the traditional orchestral model further than ever before. ‘It is a living breathing creature, with boundless energy and enthusiasm for the new – an adventure in itself,’ says Kristjan Järvi.

Preliminary programme

Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne arranged by Arman Tigranyan

Tan Dun: Earth Concerto for percussion and orchestra

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt

 

Biographies

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