During their explorations and tours of the MEMORIA NORWAY project, SpringerParker will update the Logbook on a regular basis. It documents their route and events in forms of on location photos and descriptions sent directly via the mobile phone to this website. Clicking at the geographical data to the left of the entries lets you follow their route on the map.

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While Johan is joiking, the artists are gathering together on the North stage for the final part they will perform all together. There were so many magical moments during the show. Most likely, Tatiana's song not only drew tears in Springer's eyes, Stepanida's voice grabbed your whole body and Stephen's rhythm was in everybodys head since days anyway.

Solo parts

Part of the show are stunning solo parts of the single musicians before they are joining together for performances in larger groups. This is a flute solo by Kristiina Ilmonen, who is teaching at the Folk music department of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Throat singing

An amazing throat singing "battle" between Olga Letykai Csonka, Zoia Tagryna, June Shappa and Sylvia Cloutier. Inuit women practice this unique form of singing for centuries, which imitates animal sounds and nature, the singing of the Chukchi in Siberia represents the breathing of the reeindeer. Amazing and strong sounds, formed by a special breathing technique.


Singing Lars Ánte Kuhmunen, who is also a reindeer herder, supported by Johan Sara Jr., Anda Kuitse, and Stephen Blanchett, on the percussions: Petter Berndalen and Håkon Mjåset Johansen. We found Lars Ánte looks so much alike German Singer Herbert Grönemeyer and there are also similarities in his voice. We promised to send him some links so he can judge for himself.

The entertainer

A solo part by entertainer and shaman Anda Kuitse. Noone really spoke his language what made the communication always challenging, but music as a common language worked out quite well.

Waiting for the show

The decorated and illuminated Fjellhallen, West and North Stages. In the long corridor behind the main entrance, there are already soundcapes running, recordings we did in the Finnmark, to accompany the audience while they will be walking towards the hall. When the stage performers and musicians will be entering the hall, they will be circling around the audience, accompanied by a 4 channel introduction we will do from our recordings of trees, wind, fences and lavvus. We're waiting for the show to begin.

Dressed rehearsal

Tatiana Lar, Zoia Tagryna and Olga Letykai Csonka on the North Stage during the dressed rehearsals.

Cutting Edge Arctic cast

Prior to the next rehearsals, Evgeny Goman took some photos of the full cast of the Cutting Edge Arctic: upper row, left to right: Stepanida Borisova (Yakutsk, Siberia), Lars Ánte Kuhmunen (Rensjön, Sweden), Petter Berndalen (Stockholm, Sweden), Anda Kuitse (Kulusuk, Greenland), Håkon Mjåset Johansen (Oslo, Norway), Tatiana Lar (Salekhard, Yamalo-Nenets okrug, Russia), Stephen Blanchett (Bethel, Alaska, now living in Anchorage, Alaska), Zoia Tagryna (Chukotka, Siberia, currently living in France), Sylvia Cloutier (Nunavik, Canada), Springer (Berlin, Germany), June Shappa (Nunavut, Canada, currently living in Oslo, Norway), Olga Letykai Csonka (Chukotka, Siberia, currently living in Switzerland), lower row, left to right: Kristiina Ilmonen (Helsinki, Finland), Johan Sara Jr. (Kautokeino, Norway), Inga Juuso (Kautokeino, Norway), Parker (Berlin, Germany).

On-stage rehearsals

Kristiina Ilmonen from Finland on the North stage in the midst of only a small repertory of the instruments she is using.

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