U: and VR 360˚

  • Helena Tuuling (clarinet)
    Levi-Danel Mägila (cello)
    Merje Roomere (violin)
    Tarmo Johannes (flute)
    Vambola Krigul (percussion)
    Taavi Kerikmäe (piano)
    VR director: Rein Zobel (Maru VR Productions)
    VR version completed in cooperation with: Mark Gill (SCSU Visualization Lab), Tammo Sumera (Kõlavärv)
  • SA Eesti Kontsert

Introduction

Concert series „Technology“
„Look around you, look inside yourself“
U: and VR 360˚

Programme:
Music by Scott Milleri and new work by Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes (at 6 p.m./ 8 p.m.)
New works by Liisa Hirsch and Märt-Matis Lill (at 7 p.m./ 9 p.m.)

Concerts a 30 minutes

The project unites the Estonian remarkable natural environment, Estonian top-level modern music, and technological innovation into a unique audio-visual experience.

Estonian composers Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes, Märt-Matis Lill, and Liisa Hirsch will write pieces for the ensemble U:. These will be location-specific works, inspired by chosen locations in Estonian nature. These places will be filmed with 360° cameras and the produced material, along with music, will be carefully conducted into an artistic whole that does not even have a name yet. The audience can use the VR headsets, by which they will be able to be in nature, far away from the concert hall – to look around, see the details, and concentrate on the lights and moods of the location. At the same time, the musicians of U: will be playing in the concert hall and the audience will also be surrounded by pre-recorded or electronically produced sounds. It is a kind of double-perception – its borders might shift. The result is not just an exciting experiment, but also a deep, introspective, and artistically strong personal experience.

Ensemble U: (2003) is the most active and well-known new music ensemble in Estonia. The ensemble works without a conductor. It has a characteristically sensitive sonic feel, an openness to experimental ideas, and a willingness to perform even the most demanding pieces. In addition to Estonian modern music festivals, ensemble U: has also performed in important international festivals like Time of Music (Viitasaari, Finland), Sounds New (Canterbury, the UK), Nordic Music Days (Helsinki, Finland), Nuova Consonanza (Rome, Italy), Third Practice (Richmond, USA), Biennale di Musica Venezia (Italia), Virtuosi of the 21st Century (Recife, Brazil), Dark Music Days (Island).

Concert is sponsored by St. Cloud State University 2017 Research Faculty Improvement Grant, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Telliskivi Creative City

Thanks: Broadline, Samsung

The concert series „Technology and Music“ shows the interesting combinations of modern technology and music. The concert project unites the remarkable natural environment of Estonia, top-level modern music of the country, and technological innovation into a unique audiovisual experience.