Music and legends from the Island of Malta and the Mediterranean
Ogygia’s Nymph: Music and Storytelling
EuroKids Festival & Embassy of Malta in Washington D.C.
Laura Falzon – flutist & director
Anna Tonna – mezzo soprano/narrator
Alexander Wu – pianist
Claudia Baldacchino – poster design © 2015
Ruth Bianco – Video projection: Finding Ogygia © 2015
Music by Debussy, Camilleri, Schubert, Mouquet, Ravel
October 23rd 2015
Kennedy Center-Millennium Stage
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20566
October 24th 2015
Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Road Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
October 23rd 2015
Holy Trinity Elementary Independent school Georgetown,
325 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
IssaSonus Ensemble represents Malta at the Kids Euro Festival 2015 with Ogygia’s Nypmh in Washington DC
Between the 23rd and 24th of October 2015, the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Washington, D.C. participated in the Kids Euro Festival, a festival of European arts and culture organised by the EU Delegation to the United States in collaboration with the Embassies of all of the 28 European Member States in Washington.
In the 2015 edition of the Festival, Malta was represented by ISSASonus ensemble, a flexible classical chamber music ensemble based in New York City and directed by Maltese flutist Laura Falzon. ISSASonus’s ensemble concert seasons have featured world premieres and music projects with collaborations that span across artistic disciplines and geographical boundaries. Flutist Laura Falzon, together with mezzo soprano/narrator Anna Tonna, and pianist Alexander Wu, developed, produced and presented Ogygia’s Nypmh- a musical performance with text adapted from the classic and memorable myth of Calypso (based on Homer’s epic poem—The Odyssey), bringing together Mediterranean music and legend.
Ogygia’s Nymph included a collaboration with the graphic artist Claudia Baldacchino and contemporary Maltese video artist Ruth Bianco. Bianco’s artistic video projection—Finding Oygia, provided a background and additional context to the music and narration, portraying Odysseus’s journey across the seas with images of the Maltese blue sea and dancing waves in the background. Children were thus invited to use their imagination and embark on a journey back in time to the middle of the Mediterranean, where the story unfolds on the island of Ogygia, — Malta’s sister island, now better known as Gozo.The exploits of Greek hero Odysseus on his journey home after the fall of Troy were recounted and accompanied by music of Debussy, Camilleri, Schubert, Mouquet and Ravel. Shipwrecked and washed ashore on the island of Ogygia, he was compelled to remain there with Calypso until she was ordered by Zeus, via Hermes, to release him.
Ogygia’s Nypmh, was performed at the Kennedy Centre Millennium Stage as well as the Sitar Arts Centre and at the Holy Trinity Elementary School in Georgetown.
The show was a resounding success with both children and adults. It showcased Maltese talent and elicited various questions from the audience about Malta’s history, language and culture. Dr. Patricia Borg, Chargée d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Malta was on hand to answer questions after the shows. The audiences were provided with leaflets and promotional gifts from Malta as a further enticement to visit the islands.
This KidsEuro Festival spans a whole fortnight and is a joint initiative of the EU Member State Embassies in Washington. Along the years it has been a wonderful showcase of European arts and culture that presents more than 125 free activities to families and, particularly, to children. For more information about the Kids Euro Festival, please visit: http://kidseurofestival.org/. The Embassy would like to thank the EU Delegation in Washington DC and the generosity of the benefactors of the European-American Cultural Foundation, for having made the event possible.