ENSEMBLE U: / REIN ZOBEL / SCOTT L. MILLER (EST / USA) – virtual reality concert RABA
Sat July 7th at 18.00, 18.30, 19.00, 20.00, 20.30 BUY TICKET
"Raba" (which means 'bog' in Estonian) is an immersive audio-visual concert piece inspired by the Marimetsa bog, located about an hour drive from Tallinn. "Raba" is experienced by the audience seated in chairs while wearing VR headsets. Audience members visually explore a 360º film while Ensemble U: performs the synchronized music. The ensemble and speakers (for the electronic sound in the music) physically surround the audience, unifying the audience experience with a live, immersive audio performance while each audience member has a unique, individual immersive visual experience.
Miller says, "I am really interested in producing collective audience experiences through live performance. What is exciting to me about Raba is that the audience is immersed in the sonic reality of the space, surrounded by the performers and electronic sound, while they are visually immersed in the unique beauty of the Marimetsa bog".
Scott Miller composed “Raba” in 2015 and the VR-version premiered in 2017.
SCOTT MILLER is a composer of electroacoustic, orchestral, chamber, choral and multimedia works described as "high adventure avant garde music of the best sort" (Classical-Modern Music Review) and "inspir[ing] real hope & optimism for the future of electroacoustic music. " (5against4.com). Scott lives and works in USA.
ENSEMBLE U: is currently the most active and renowned contemporary music ensemble in Estonia. The ensemble has gained recognition for its ability to perform even the most demanding works without conductor, openness for bold experimental ideas and sensitivity for sound. Next to Estonia U: has performed in important international festivals like Time of Music (Viitasaari, Finland), GAIDA (Vilnius, Lithuania), Sounds New (Canterbury, UK), Nordic Music Days (Helsinki, Finland), Nuova Consonanza (Rome, Italy), Third Practice (Richmond, USA), Biennale di Musica Venezia (Italy), Virtuosi of XXI Century (Recife, Brasil), Dark Music Days (Iceland).
In the field of musical theatre U: has worked with one of the internationally most renowned conceptual dance choreographer and director in Estonia – Mart Kangro, on several occasions. Performances "Play" (2006), "Romeo & Juliet" (2008) and "Harmony" (2009) have stemmed from this collaboration.
Performed by: Ensemble U (Helena Tuuling – clarinet, Levi-Danel Mägila – cello, Merje Roomere – violin, Taavi Kerikmäe – piano, Tarmo Johannes – flute, Vambola Krigul –
VR version in collaboration with: Mark Gill (SCSU Visualization Lab), Rein Zobel (Maru VR Productions), Tammo Sumera (Kõlavärv)
Supported by: St. Cloud State University 2017 Research Faculty Improvement Grant, Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Project management: Mairika Plakso
Thank you: Broadline, Samsung
The musical composition "Raba" was originally commissioned by the Spitting Image Collective, written by Miller following his first visit to Marimetsa as a Fulbright Scholar at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2014.
Duration: 20 min.
Language is no problem.