The Estonian composer Veljo Tormis (1930-2017) travelled to the borders of his country to note down the disappearing music of several ethnic groups. He incorporated this material into the choir cycle Music for the forgotten peoples. Aquarius presents a broad selection from the cycle, embarking on a musical dialogue with the female ensemble Kuldatsaük, which performs songs from south-eastern Estonia in their natural state. The confrontation between Veljo Tormis brilliant choir arrangements and these Estonian womens unparalleled polyphonic singing tradition (Seto Leelo) is bound to make sparks fly.
The event is dedicated to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia.