• Ensemble Times

    18 May 2010, 10:35 by EnsembleXXI

    Ensemble XXI has been concentrating on its work with the indigenous peoples of the Arctic Circle. In Russia in particular there is a wealth of material to be recorded, filmed and notated from the European territories right through Siberia to the Far East. It is an enormous task, but I am happy to report that it is proceeding like the determined tortoise in Aesop’s fable –slowly and steadily - to win the race. And race it is, as it is only the Elders in the various communities of all these small nations, who remember how the music is sung and the instruments played. Ensemble XXI’s goal is to show the younger indigenous generations how important it is for them to carry on the traditions. One of the most important aims of the present field trips is to repatriate all the materials that we have collected to the Indigenous communities when Ensemble XXI tours to various parts of the Arctic. Please visit our new “offshoot” site at Polar Voices to follow our continuing journey through the…