Nordic Music Days: In The Steppes Of Sapmi at Southbank Centre


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Part of Nordic Music Days

Hear one of the world's leading vocal ensembles for new music, Exaudi, perform joiks, the traditional folk songs of the Sami people of Sapmi.

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Traditional joiks are short melodies, performed without lyrics and with only a few words or phonetic syllables, and come from the sami people of Sapmi, the cultural region in northern Europe covering parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

This vast landscape is the inspiration for Swedish composer Ansgar Beste in creating the work opening this lunch concert. Other composers presented in this concert are Madeleine Isaksson's Ciels, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's Song, along with Mette Nielsen's work of the same name.

The music is presented by Exaudi, a vocal ensemble founded by James Weeks (director) and Juliet Fraser (soprano) in 2002. Based in London, Exaudi draws its singers from among the UK's brightest vocal talents. Exaudi's special affinity is for the radical edges of contemporary music, at home equally with maximal complexity, micro-tonality and experimental aesthetics.


Ansgar Beste (SE) In the steppes of Sapmi 11'

6 prepared voices

Madeleine Isaksson (SE) Ciels 12'

6 voices

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (DK) Song 12'

8 voices

Mette Nielsen (DK) Song 5'

8 voices

Venue Details & Map

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road
0844 847 9910
Public transport:
Underground and Rail Stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross or Waterloo East Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, York Road, Belvedere Road and Stamford Street.

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