Carla Rees, solo a.flute • rarescale • Tomi Räisänen, cond.
- solo alto flute + ensemble: oboe, clarinet (in Bb), bassoon, guitar, violin, viola, cello, tape
- duration 24'
- fp: 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 • Tomi Räisänen, cond. :: October 5, 2013 :: London (UK)
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