XVIII International Tartu Early Music Festival ORIENT et OCCIDENT, October 4.-12. 2013
Dear Festival guests,
This year we have changed the festival format so that instead of there being two or three separate concerts a day we offer a possibility of listening to two or more artists/ensembles during one concert. This will make enjoying the festival more convenient for the listener. More importantly, though, this will encourage more spontaneous and improvisational musical meetings, where artists from different lands and cultures can join in each othersâ€™ traditions and styles.
In this year's festival the musical bridges will be built by groups from all over Europe and Asia. Ensemble Mandragora from Switzerland, concentrating on late-Medieval and early Renaissance music for strong wind instruments, joins viola da gamba consort VĂ¤ike rinG from Estonia in the program From CĂłrdoba to St. Gall. Agnethe Christensen from Sweden andLeah Stuttard from England performing ancient Scandinavian ballads, and the Mohammad Rasouli Ensemble from Iran performing Persian Classical music will present a program called From Uppsala to Isfahan. The famous virtuoso of Chinese traditional flutes Hu Yulin and one of Indiaâ€™s foremost musicians in the genre of Hindustani classical music, the legendary Pt. Nayan Ghosh with his prodigy son Ishaan Ghosh, come together in the program From the Great Wall to the Taj Mahal. With a slightly different format we also have in the festival program a concert Resurrection of the Harp, which brings together excellent musicians playing instruments from different epochs, and highlights the only fully restored historical harp found in Estonia being presented byLilian Langsepp.
Wit improvisational meetings of musicians from different cultures becoming more and more common not just in jazz but also in folk music, the festival Orient et Occident brings together different cultures not only through a historical prism but also through historical repertoire. Surprisingly we have thus found far more commonality between seemingly unrelated cultures than we could have ever expected. Come and experience it yourselves!
Wishing an enjoyable and memorable festival experience,
Artistic Director of the festival
Ticket information :
Festival tickets can be purchased from the website www.piletilevi.ee; from Piletileviâ€™ tiket Office including Athose at Statoil petrool stations all over Estonia and at concert hall entrances beginning an hour before the concert.
NB! If you buy the tiket before Oct. 12, the ticket prices will be 10â‚¬/7â‚¬ and 6â‚¬/4â‚¬ (Harp Resurrection) respectively.