Hyperborea

by Esma

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Hyperborea. Concert for Piano and Electric Orchestra.

In Greek mythology the Hyperboreans were a mythical people who lived far to the north of Thrace. The Greeks thought that Boreas, the North Wind, lived in Thrace, and that therefore Hyperborea was an unspecified region in the northern lands that lay beyond the north wind. Their land, called Hyperborea or Hyperboria — "beyond the Boreas" — was perfect, with the sun shining twenty-four hours a day, which - if true - suggests a possible location within the Arctic Circle.

Never the Muse is absent
from their ways: lyres clash and flutes cry
and everywhere maiden choruses whirling.
Neither disease nor bitter old age is mixed
in their sacred blood; far from labor and battle they live.

Pindar, Tenth Pythian Ode; translated by Richmond Lattimore.

Reaching such exotic lands is never easy; Pindar cautioned:

neither by ship nor on foot would you find
the marvellous road to the assembly of the Hyperboreans.

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released July 26, 2011

Music composed and performed by Esma.

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Moreau Italy

Conceptual artist. Designer. Musician. Dreamer. I work as a graphic designer and creative director for brands, companies and cultural projects in Krakòw, Montréal, Taipei, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Bangkok, where I also performed live. I play piano and keyboards, mixing up different genres such as electronic, modern classical and minimal music, always in a strong cinematic way. ... more

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