The highly popular choir Csíkszerda that observes the alternative paths of the choral music will present the programme “Creation of the World” consisting of the music of Veljo Tormis. Before the concert, there will be a screening of Peep Puks’s short film Taasleitud laul (1977) on Veljo Tormis.
(The Song Refound, 1977, 20 min, dir.: Peep Puks)
The documentary is a portrait of Veljo Tormis, talking about his passion for folk music, the ancient Estonian folksong called regilaulud and its inclusion in contemporary choral music. The film shows how as a tireless ambassador and lead singer of regi songs, he inspired people around him to sing, but it also allows an insight into the rehearsals and performances of his choral compositions drawing on folk music. Veljo Tormis’s entire oeuvre is themed on the Estonian landscape and legends. His works with a unique sound address the shared problems of the past and the present. His expressive and yet easily understandable musical world takes listeners – as well as the performers – into a mystical realm.
THE CREATION OF THE WORLD fuses the composer’s visionary pieces into a single musical ritual, where singers try to pull the audience into the eternal cycle of the universe. Conducted by Árpád Tóth, the Csíkszerda Choir, founded in 2009 and now with hundreds of active members, rethinks every element of what singing together means. The musical script is virtually only a means to reveal the miracle of singing in a choir, creation through singing and artistic self-expression, which is there in all of us. During the concert, the pieces are lent a living presence through improvisation, and individual creative freedom can be experienced together with the audience.