DISKO BAY – FAR NORTH http://farnorth.is Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:05:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 VIDEO: FAR NORTH DISKOTEK SESSIONS APRIL 2015 http://farnorth.is/far-north-diskotek-sessions-april-2015/ Sun, 10 May 2015 16:56:35 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=1082

Far North | Diskotek Sessions for Contemporary Music, Theatre, and Performance – ICE in Greenland from ICE on Vimeo.

Video: Ross Karre

 

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DISKOTEK SESSIONS 2015 http://farnorth.is/diskotek-sessions-2015/ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:36:25 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=982 diskotek-01.FINAL

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Makka Kleist and Sofia Jernberg improvisation http://farnorth.is/makka-kleist-and-sofia-jernberg-improvisation/ Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:23:58 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=873

Makka Kleist (Greenland) and Sofia Jernberg (Sweden) outdoor improvisation during the 2014 summer Diskotek Sessions

 

 

 

 

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The Throat Singing Renaissance http://farnorth.is/the-throat-singing-renaissance/ Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:57:41 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=932  

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Hans-Henrik Suersaq Poulsen and Tiffany Ayalik during the 2014 DISKOTEK SESSSIONS in Oqaatsut.

Throat singing has traditionally been done by two women, while the men were out hunting. The sounds they make are interpretations of nature; rivers, northern lights, dogs, mosquitos, seagulls, wind etc. as well as songs to soothe babies  carried on their backs. Inuit throat singing or katajjaq is a form of musical performance uniquely found among the Inuit. Today there is a growing interest in it among the youth. Throat singing was banned by christian missionaries between 1930s till 1960s, as they saw it as a demonic and sexual act. But in the beginning of the 70s, an Anglican Church leader named Isa Koperqualuk, made four women  throat sing the songs they had known since their early childhood in the church and recorded them. This is believed to be the main reason why it was possible to initiate a katajjaqs (thorat singing) revival.

Throat singing or Katatjaq is an Inuit musical tradition from Northern Canada specifically from Nunavik and south Baffin regions. Aisa Kopequaluk and the women helped revive throat singing are from Puvirnituq, Nunavik in Canada.

Text: Hans-Henrik Suersaq Poulsen

 

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Eivind Buene’s poetic reverie after a week at the Disko http://farnorth.is/eivind-buenes-poetic-reverie-after-a-week-at-the-disko/ Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:27:38 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=899 IMG_5051 - Arbeitskopie 2A site specific poem after a week at the Disko and since you are no poet you have to create a file labelled POETRY on your laptop, now deliciously online in the waiting lounge at Ilulissat airport, and aren’t all poems site specific anyway? but so no more plastic bag toilets, no more stinking packs of half-wild huskies that would gladly chew your leg of if it weren’t for the brittle chains, no more whiffs of fish drying on the wooden racks, or rotting, difference is hard to tell, and no more bracelets of mosquito bites to scratch in the cold mornings, but also no more late night talks, no toy piano and mask dances, no more one-man-opera and iceberg watching, no more singing kayaks disappearing into the fog, no Eskimo rolls and Pop Trigger and throat singing and million dollar ideas to share, no more sealskin hot pants or ptk ptk in the sun, no more snacking on dried fish and tender treats of raw whale skin, no Inuit games and churchclassroomlecturehalls with broken windows and instant coffee, at least no more of all this in a single day, no carrying that electric piano away over moss and tussocks and lichened stone, no talking to the mountain in violent screams and no more rivers of feces in yellow bags or on the silver screen, no waking up stung by the sun with a polar bear breathmint on your tongue, no more of that graveyard by the arctic sea with all those flowers, and surely they must have been plastic, no? And no pages left of the adventures of Sir Franklin and Captain Subzero, and no regrets for pictures you didn’t take with the camera you didn’t bring and your images, all fresh and with that bloody tinge will fade to white so delicately and fast, just like every other present turn into past.

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DISKOTEK July 28th – August 5th 2014 http://farnorth.is/diskotek-july-28th-august-5th-2014/ Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:19:45 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=848  

 

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Makka Kleist in the DISKOTEK http://farnorth.is/makka-kleist-in-the-diskotek/ Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:16:33 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=823 Makka-Kleist-af-freezeProductions

We are thrilled that the great greenlandic actress, dramatist and theatre mentor (director of the Theater School of the National Theatre of Greenland) MAKKA KLEIST will be with us for the upcoming DISKOTEK session.

Makka Kleist, a true force of nature, a captivating storyteller and the keeper of an unparalelled wealth of knowledge about the culture and artistic heritage of Greenland will join us for the sessions in Oqaatsut/Ilulissat.

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ICE & SOUND http://farnorth.is/ice-sound/ Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:52:05 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=811 2014-06-23 17.29.37

We explored some out door acoustic spaces for the upcoming DIKSOTEK sessions.

Laszlo Kuti, principal solo klarinettist of the Munich Philharmonic played a duet with the ice, which responded with gentle cracking and occasional distant drones. The great ice is truly a dynamic natural theatrical spectacle in itself!

 

Alvin Lucier’s ‘Chambers’ in boats in the middle of the Disko Bay perhaps? Stay tuned for what ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) will be up to in the coming DISKOTEK sessions.

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The unpredictable Karl Sibelius in the DISKOTEK http://farnorth.is/the-unpredictable-karls-sibelius-in-the-diskotek/ Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:07:26 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=790 karl-m-sibelius_280_rupert-rieger

The unorthodox Austrian theater man Karl Sibelius will be shaking things up in the DISKOTEK this summer. If the ice bergs can stand the heat he might bring his fiery alter ego Rose Divine along for the journey.

Karl Sibelius is a director, actor, theater teacher, singer, and since 2012/13, also director of the Theater an der Rott in Eggenfelden, Bavaria.

Sibelius managed to dramatically transform the artistic profile of Theatre an der Rott and after only the first season he was awarded the Jury Prize of the Bavarian Theatre Festival for his work with the theater. The big spirited little theatre in Eggenfeld was also the surprise winner of the German Stage Journal’s (Die Deutsche Bühne) critics prize in the category “Most noteworthy Theater Beyond the Centers.” After this success Sibelius will from 2015/16 move on to assume the position of General Director at the State Theater of Trier.

The Austrian Karl M. Sibelius already has a long career in the theatre under his belt. He took his initial steps as an actor at the National Theatre in Vienna and at the Theater an der Wien. He also completed vocal studies at the Vienna Conservatory. With major roles such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the title role in Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, he was a long time favorite at the State Theatre in Linz, where he was an ensemble member for many years. Guest engagements brought him to stages all over Europe. Sibelius also work as a stage director spans everything from theatre, musical theater, operetta to opera. Among his noteworthy opera productions are Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Opera Klosterneuburg. Sibelius directed the 100.000 people opening ceremony for the Linz09 Cultural Capital of Europe. Sibelius is also an active playwright and a lecturer in drama at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

For his social and scientific commitment, as well as his artistic work, he has received several awards. He is a graduate of the prestigious arts administration institute (EMAA) of the University of Zürich.

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Eivind Buene in the DISKOTEK http://farnorth.is/eivind-buene-in-the-diskotek/ Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:00:12 +0000 http://farnorth.is/?p=827 Evind Buene Foto: Ellen Lande Gossner

EIVIND BUENE studied pedagogics and composition at the Norwegian State Academy of Music from 1992 to 1998, and in 1999 and 2000 he was composer in residence with the Oslo Sinfonietta. Since 2000 he has been a freelance composer living and working in Oslo, writing for a wide array of ensembles and orchestras. He has recieved commissions from among others Ensemble Intercontemporain, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Fondation Royaumont and a variety of Scandinavian orchestras and ensembles.

Apart from writing music for soloists, ensembles and orchestras, Buene also frequently engages in collaborations with improvising musicians, developing music in the cross-section between classical notation and improvisation.

Buene’s music has been performed at prestigous venues like Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie and Centre Pompidou. His debut as a stage composer came in august 2006 with the one act chamber opera September, based on Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Buene is currently working on an opera for the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, together with writers Jon Øystein Flink and Rasmus Munch.

In addition to music, Buene has written music critique and essays, and he made his literary debut with the novel Enmannsorkester in 2010. His second novel was released in October 2012, and a collection of essays was published in March 2014.

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