Queen of the Cold Land - The Prix Italia 2018 winner in Radio Music category

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SOME-CHOIR

DEAR FRIENDS, TAKE PART IN SOME-CHOIR (social-media-choir)!

The choir will ”perform” in 23th of May in the concert of Cornucopia ”If all the world were paper”. All singers are welcome – regardless of age, nationality or singing skills.

Do like this:
Listen to the linked audio file with headphones and record your own singing at the same time with your telephone. Then send the audio file by e-mail to riikka.talvitie@welho.com. You can also make multiple recordings. The less you train the better!

(For those who can read music notation: it is in baroque tuning.)

Greetings from Riikka, Pekka, Louna and Manna!


Heinä – Grass

SÄVELLYS | COMPOSER
RIIKKA TALVITIE

TEKSTIT | WRITER
PIPSA LONKA

VIDEO | VIDEO
RIIKKA TALVITIE, PIPSA LONKA

ELEKTRONIIKKA | ELECTRONICS
RIIKKA TALVITIE

BASSOKLARINETTI | BASS CLARINET
LAURI SALLINEN

SOPRAANO ÄÄNINAUHALLA | RECORDED SOPRANO
TUULI LINDEBERG

KESTO | DURATION

25 MIN

GRASS
Asemic poems composed to human voice and bass clarinet, premiere

When the wind blows, the grass moves, but what kind of a trace does it leave? Ink, water and paper have captured the poems drawn by the ears, and these fleeting, now recorded movements of wind and grass are paired with music, as if understanding something essential. But how to read the silent writing of the grass and wind?

Radio opera Queen of the Cold Land


Libretto: Tommi Kinnunen ja Riikka Talvitie. Dramaturge: Juha-Pekka Hotinen. Composer:Riikka Talvitie. Director: Anni Klein. Sound Designer: Heidi Soidinsalo. Conductor: Ruut Kiiski.Sound Engineer: Pentti Männikkö. English translator: Jaana Wiik. Producer: Pekka Savolainen, Yle Drama / Radio Theatre.

Singers:
Daughter - Meeri Pulakka. Mistress of the North - Päivi Nisula. Daughter-in-law - Teppo Lampela. Islander - Petri Bäckström. Old man - Tuukka Haapaniemi. Blacksmith - Jussi Lehtipuu. Maiden - Aino Venna.
Musicians:
Sampo Lassila, Harri Kuusijärvi and Aleksi Trygg.
RSO -The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.


TUOMARIN VAIMO / THE JUDGE’S WIFE — kamariooppera

"…and he found himself on the wrong side."

Esitykset: 16.3, 18.3, ja 19.3.2017

Paikka: Balderin sali, Aleksanterinkatu 12, Helsinki


Sävellys: Riikka Talvitie

Teksti: Caryl Churchill

Ohjaus: Teemu Mäki

Kapellimestari: Jutta Seppinen

Laulajat:

sopraano Tuuli Lindeberg

sopraano Saara Kiiveri

altto Tuula Paavola

basso Juha Uusitalo


Soitinyhtye: defunensemble

Hanna Kinnunen, huilu

Mikko Raasakka, klarinetti

Markus Hohti, sello

Lily-Marlene Puusepp, harppu

Mirka Viitala, koskettimet

Anders Pohjola ja Timo Kurkikangas, elektroniikka


Liput: Tiketti alk. 32,50 / 22,50 € (sis. aterian ja palvelumaksun)

https://www.tiketti.fi/Tuomarin-Vaimo-The-Judges-W...


Esityksen kesto: n. 2 tuntia väliaikoineen
Kieli: englanti, tekstitys suomeksi


http://www.teemumaki.com/theater-judgeswife.html





A Theme — Terrorism and justice


Storyline: A Terrorist has been caught. The Judge passes him too heavy sentence, to which people react. The Judge arrives home and settles down for a dinner with his wife and her sister. They have a heated conversation when the phone rings. The brother of the convicted terrorist decides to revenge.

The opera is based on TV script The Judge's Wife (1972) written by Caryl Churchill . The text deals with the power structures of social classes and the difference between terrorism and a revolutionary act. The original script is timeless and abstracted. It doesn’t reveal which act the terrorist has done or what is the punishment that he gets. The text encourages a reader to think about the justification and logic of terrorism and institutional violence. How a terrorist will justify his or her violent act? How a state will justify its own violent machinery? When do people feel themselves so powerless than their faith in representative democracy disappears?

The opera is carried out as a cross-art performance where Churchill’s text and Talvitie’s music is combined with some additional text and documentary video material by director Teemu Mäki. The performance is closer to contemporary theater or live art than traditional opera. The premiere at Balder's Hall included a meal, vichyssoise soup, which is also written into the libretto.

Oopperan teema — terrorismi ja oikeudenmukaisuus

Tarinan ydin:

Terroristi on jäänyt kiinni. Tuomari langettaa hänelle liian ankaran rangaistuksen,
mihin kansa reagoi. Tuomari saapuu kotiinsa ja asettuu illalliselle vaimonsa ja
tämän siskon kanssa. He käyvät kiivasta keskustelua ja puhelin soi.


Ooppera perustuu Caryl Churchillin TV-käsikirjoitukseen The Judge's Wife vuodelta 1972. Alkuteksti on ajaton ja abstrahoitu. Siinä ei kerrota, minkä terroriteon tuomittu on tehnyt tai minkä rangaistuksen Tuomari hänelle antaa, vaan sen sijaan teksti kannustaa lukijaa miettimään sekä terrorismin että institutionaalisen väkivallan logiikkaa ja oikeutusta. Miten terroristi oikeuttaa omat väkivaltaiset tekonsa? Miten valtio oikeuttaa oman väkivaltakoneistonsa? Milloin ihminen kokee itsensä niin voimattomaksi, että usko edustukselliseen demokratiaan katoaa?