Concerts

I EAT THE SUN AND DRINK THE RAIN. Festival “Practical Spirituality”

Sven Helbig.

May 22, 2018 at 7 pm — Tallinn Creative Hub

4th concert in the MUSIC OF THE FUTURE series
3rd concert in the PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY festival

Sven Helbig
I Eat the Sun and Drink the Rain

SVEN HELBIG electronics
Voces Musicales
Conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI


Kristjan Järvi (© Peter Adamik).

The German composer, producer and arranger Sven Helbig belongs to a generation that no longer recognises the boundaries between classical and popular music. His composition I Eat the Sun and Drink the Rain, which has been called a post-humanist manifesto, deals with the relations between man and nature and culminates with the end of the age of machines. The work is composed for choir and electronics and is based on texts written by the composer himself. In 2016, it was also released as a CD, performed by Vocalconsort Berlin and conducted by Kristjan Järvi.


Instead of a traditional end of season concert, ENSO will end its concert season with an end of season festival, which demonstrates the ability of a symphony orchestra to bring together music and musicians more broadly than allowed by the usual format of concerts on Friday evenings. The initial concept for “Practical Spirituality”, a festival produced by ENSO and Kristjan Järvi, was the search for meaning and transcendence in music, and the idea of music as a means for perceiving religion, cosmic vibrations and harmony. A festival of the same name was already held in June 2017 in Leipzig, with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra as the main partner to Kristjan Järvi, the leader of the festival.

Kristjan Järvi has been described by the French website dedicated to classical music and dance, ResMusica, as “a generous musician without blinkers and boundaries, the archetype of an artist in the 21st century”. He has gained recognition on the world stages of classical music as “one of the canniest, and most innovative, programmers of the classical scene” (Reuters). Curating and conducting his original, genre-fusing projects with individual approach and style, his concerts have been proclaimed a “life-enhancing experience.” (Herald Scotland). To realise his pioneering ideas, Kristjan Järvi has creative outlets all over the world: he is the principal conductor of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, the founder-conductor of his New York based classical-hip-hop-jazz group Absolute Ensemble, and the founder and conductor of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. He works as a guest conductor with orchestras all over the world: the London Symphony Orchestra, French National Orchestra, Paris Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, Minnesota Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan among many others. As a recording artist, Järvi has more than 60 albums to his credit, from Hollywood soundtracks and award-winning albums by Sony Classical and Chandos, to his eponymous series – the “Kristjan Järvi Sound Project” – under the prestigious French record label Naïve Classique.

Tickets: 22 € / 16 €
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Concert is produced by ERSO


MUSIC OF THE FUTURE
Presented by 4 Energia

The “Music of the Future” concert series collaborates with three innovative cross-border music festivals: AFEKT International Modern Music Festival, Estonian Music Days and the ENSO end of season festival “Practical Spirituality”. The Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann mainly focuses on contemporary music that poses fascinating and complex challenges; Risto Joost is the multi-talented principal conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Leipzig MDR Radio Choir, the artistic director of the Tallinn Philharmonic Society and the Birgitta Festival and conductor of the Estonian National Opera.

Two concerts in the “Music of the Future” series will be conducted by Kristjan Järvi. The first, “I Eat the Sun and Drink the Rain”, a composition by the German electronic musician Sven Helbig, will be performed by Voces Musicales and the composer himself. In December, Kristjan Järvi will conduct the performance of an extraordinary composition that combines economy with music. “Regular Crisis” is a film with a live soundtrack that has been called a cantata on the global economy. Appearing on a film screen set up in the Estonia Concert Hall, Steve Forbes, José Ángel Gurría, Manfred Bischoff and other key figures in global industry and finance share their thoughts on the current state and future vision of the economy. Tensions will be added and relieved by the music composed by Louis Andriessen, Bryce Dessner, Jonny Greenwood, Kristjan Järvi and others.


Instead of a traditional end of season concert, ENSO will end its concert season with an end of season festival, which demonstrates the ability of a symphony orchestra to bring together music and musicians more broadly than allowed by the usual format of concerts on Friday evenings. The initial concept for “Practical Spirituality”, a festival produced by ENSO and Kristjan Järvi, was the search for meaning and transcendence in music, and the idea of music as a means for perceiving religion, cosmic vibrations and harmony. A festival of the same name was already held in June 2017 in Leipzig, with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra as the main partner to Kristjan Järvi, the leader of the festival.

Kristjan Järvi has been described by the French website dedicated to classical music and dance, ResMusica, as “a generous musician without blinkers and boundaries, the archetype of an artist in the 21st century”. He has gained recognition on the world stages of classical music as “one of the canniest, and most innovative, programmers of the classical scene” (Reuters). Curating and conducting his original, genre-fusing projects with individual approach and style, his concerts have been proclaimed a “life-enhancing experience.” (Herald Scotland). To realise his pioneering ideas, Kristjan Järvi has creative outlets all over the world: he is the principal conductor of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, the founder-conductor of his New York based classical-hip-hop-jazz group Absolute Ensemble, and the founder and conductor of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. He works as a guest conductor with orchestras all over the world: the London Symphony Orchestra, French National Orchestra, Paris Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, Minnesota Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan among many others. As a recording artist, Järvi has more than 60 albums to his credit, from Hollywood soundtracks and award-winning albums by Sony Classical and Chandos, to his eponymous series – the “Kristjan Järvi Sound Project” – under the prestigious French record label Naïve Classique.


Friday 27 October 2017 – RITUALS: Opening concert of the AFEKT Festival, conductor BALDUR BRÖNNIMANN
Friday 1 December 2017 – REGULAR CRISIS, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Friday 13 April 2018 – HOLY MAGMA: Estonian Music Days, conductor RISTO JOOST
Tuesday 22 May 2018 – I EAT THE SUN AND DRINK THE RAIN, Festival “Practical Spirituality”, Voces Musicales, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI

Series tickets for the “Music of the Future” series: 55 € / 40 € (available until 25.10.2017)
Series tickets for the “Music of the Future” series are available upon buying a voucher with a code that can be used to obtain tickets to all four concerts in the series.
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FESTIVAL “PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY”

“Practical Spirituality” is ENSO’s end of season festival which demonstrates the ability of a symphony orchestra to bring together music and musicians more broadly than allowed by the usual format of concerts on Friday evenings. The initial concept for ENSO and Kristjan Järvi was the search for meaning and transcendence in music and the idea of music as a means for perceiving religion, cosmic vibrations and harmony. A festival of the same name was already held in June 2017 in Leipzig, with the Leipzig MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra as the main partner for Kristjan Järvi, the leader of the festival.

The charisma of Kristjan Järvi, the fascinating repertoire and soloists performing for the first time in Estonia (the Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson and the German composer, producer, arranger and electronic musician Sven Helbig) will guarantee a freshness and energetic charge for the festival.

Friday 18 May 2018 – CENTURY ROLLS, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Sunday 20 May 2018 – FROM ICE TO EST, ENSO chamber ensembles and pianist Víkingur Ólafsson
Tuesday 22 May 2018 – I EAT THE SUN AND DRINK THE RAIN, Voces Musicales, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Thursday 24 May 2018 – RING, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI

Festival pass: 55€ / 40€ (available until 1.05.2018)
Festival passes are available upon buying a voucher with a code that can be used to obtain tickets to all four concerts of the festival.
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