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Concert "Tonality of Culture" at National Gallery of Art

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Presented as part of the European Month of Culture

In 2018, the Republic of Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary, as part of this milestone the whole country has begun its celebrations across the globe to bring out stories and hidden pieces of Estonian culture. In 2017, Estonia will be holding the presidency of the European Union Council focusing on many modern cultural preservation and economic topics within the EU.

As part of the multidisciplinary concert “Tonality of Culture” two Estonian-born artist Valev Laube and Diina Tamm present various dance and musical interpretations of old Estonian archive recordings dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Through many of these recordings young artists across Estonia and globally try to reconnect with the pre-Soviet Estonian music and traditions to continue old and find new interpretations of traditional music.

The concert is presented in chapters, each revealing a different side of folk-inspired contemporary works and how they resonate with the new Estonian cultural identity. We’re going to take a closer look at how archive recordings from the past 100 years have influenced today’s artists. These performances reveal sides of Estonian culture that were oppressed or prohibited during the occupation as well as how the modern free movement of people in the European Union have influenced our understanding of cultural identity.
The performance introduces a contemporary artistic interpretation of old folk tunes and playing tradition, and fuses it with modern use of visual art, dance and animations.

Musicians: Valev Laube (violin), Evan Basta (viola) and Reid Zuckerman (guitar) Dancers: Diina Tamm, James Koroni

Choreographed by Diina Tamm
Curated by Valev Laube

Location: National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium