Traditional joiks are short melodies, performed without lyrics and with only a few words or phonetic syllables, and come from the sami people of Sápmi, the cultural region in northern Europe covering parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
This vast landscape is the inspiration for Swedish composer Ansgar Beste in creating the work opening this lunch concert. Other composers presented in this concert are Madeleine Isaksson’s Ciels, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's Song, along with Mette Nielsen’s work of the same name.
The music is presented by Exaudi, a vocal ensemble founded by James Weeks (director) and Juliet Fraser (soprano) in 2002. Based in London, Exaudi draws its singers from among the UK’s brightest vocal talents. Exaudi’s special affinity is for the radical edges of contemporary music, at home equally with maximal complexity, micro-tonality and experimental aesthetics.
EXAUDI’s special affinity is for the radical edges of contemporary music, at home equally with maximal complexity, micro-tonality and experimental aesthetics. The newest new music is at the heart of its repertoire. Exaudi is also strongly involved with the emerging generation of young composers, and regularly takes part in composer development schemes and residencies.
IN THE STEPPES OF SÁPMI
29 September 2017 | 1.00–2.00 pm
Southbank Centre | Central Bar Foyer
Hear one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles for new music, Exaudi, perform joiks, the traditional folk songs of the Sami people of Sápmi.
Madeleine Isaksson (Sweden)
Mette Nielsen (Denmark)
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (Denmark)
Ansgar Beste (Sweden)
In the steppes of Sápmi 11'
6 prepared voices