Mirrie Dancers (Alto Flute Concerto, 2013)

Past Performances

May 15, 2015 :: Marc-Antoine Houën, solo alto flute • La bouteille à la mer • Tomi Räisänen, cond :: 18h30 :: Conservatoire de Wattrelos (28 Rue Denis Pollet) :: Wattrelos (France)

Mar. 15, 2015 :: Carla Rees, solo alto flute • Ensemble Neue Musik im Ostseeraum: Anne Buchin, flute • Valerie Colen, oboe • Nora Müller, clarinet • Jakob Meyers, bassoon • Jonathan Shapiro, percussion • Felix Kroll, accordion • Ninon Gloger, piano • Saeko Takayama, violin • Laura Traub, viola • Daniel Sorour, cello • Matthias Lassen, electronics • Tomi Räisänen, cond. :: 19h00 :: Kolosseum (Kronsforder Allee 25) :: Lübeck (Germany)

Mar. 14, 2015 :: Carla Rees, solo alto flute • Ensemble Neue Musik im Ostseeraum • Tomi Räisänen, cond. :: 20h00 :: Christianskirche (Ottenser Marktplatz 6) :: Hamburg (Germany)

Oct. 5, 2013 :: rarescale 10th Anniversary Concert :: Carla Rees, solo flute • rarescale Ensemble: Sarah Watts, clarinet • Paul Goodey, oboe • Ashley Myall, bassoon • David Black, guitar • Marie Schreer, violin • Julian Fish, viola • Corentin Chassard, cello • Michael Oliva, electronics • Tomi Räisänen, cond. :: 19h30 :: St. Leonard's Church (Shoreditch High St) :: London (UK)

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Solo Alto Fute + Ensemble: Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Tape
Duration 24 min.
First performance on October 5, 2013 in London by Carla Rees, solo a.fl, Paul Goodey, ob, Ashley Myall, bn, David Black, gtr, Marie Schreer, vln, Julian Fish, vla, Corentin Chassard, vc, Michael Oliva, electronics and Tomi Räisänen, cond.


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Edition Troy EDTCD 005 (2016)

• Mirrie Dancers 

Carla Rees

Neue Musik im Ostseeraum

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Programme Note

Despite being a Finn, I had never visited Lapland before winter of 2013. I travelled to the extreme northern part of Lapland to see the Northern Lights. Standing outside in the middle of the night in freezing weather and watching nature's light show was truly a breathtaking experience. Different cultures around the world have given different names and explanations for the Northern Lights. People in Orkney call them Merry Dancers. However it seems likely that this is probably a mis-pronouncing of the word "mirrie" which means “shimmering”. It is possible that in the past the Northern Lights, preceding the red light of the rising sun, was seen as omen of a battle or a bloodbath as this proverb suggests: "When the mirrie dancers play, they are like to slay". :: Tomi Räisänen, 2013