Chamber choir JIP was founded in 2013, and has grown over the past three years under the artistic leadership of my brother Jonathan and me. Twice a year, a challenging and original a capella program is compiled around socially relevant themes. The programs are often daring and bold. Singers are expected to prepare for the rehearsals at home, and work on singing technique, stage presence, improvisation, and team-building during rehearsals, thus creating a choir with a unique and high quality sound.
JIP5 | Vergeten Families | herfst 2015
Under the title ‘Forgotten Families’, Chamber Choir JIP sang about the life of a family from the Baltic States, with melodies from ancient peoples from, among others, Karelia, Lyfland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. With works from Tormis, Pärt, Sisask, Jurjāns and Vasks, JIP zoomed into traditional family life. The choir sang about getting married and anger, laughing and schreaming, praying and playing. From Christian Psalms to Wedding Mares, from jokes and grollen to singing about your own death. What life offers and asks, summarized in one concert.
Key in the concert was the work of the Veljo Tormis cycle Forgotten Peoples. As one of Estonia’s most important composers, he left an important legacy with music from the Baltic Sea regions.
As conductor of JIP5 I conducted the following pieces:
Lindude äratamine – Veljo Tormis
Kukku ja kukku – Veljo Tormis
Senatne – Emilis Melngailis
Salve Regina – Arvo Pärt
Pulmasoit – Veljo Tormis
Miks ma ei tapa ennast – Diederik van der Laag (world premiere)
Pärismaalase lauluke – Veljo Tormis
Hällilaul – Veljo Tormis
Otsekui hirv – Rudolf Tobias
Friday 27 november 2015 – Oosterkerk, Amsterdam
Saturday 28 november 2015 – Pieterskerk, Utrecht