This is an interview with a renowned Russian contemporary composer Vladimir Martynov, in which he discusses his upcoming project "Children of the Otter".
The interview took place in late August of 2009, in Moscow; "Children of the Otter" premiered in the city of Perm' (Russia) on Sep 17, 2009.
The story of "Children of the Otter" began in the summer of 2008 when producers Vladimir Oboronko and Alexander Cheparukhin, long-time friends and GreenWave Music partners, approached a renowned Russian contemporary composer Vladimir Martynov.
The idea was very simple: create a composition that would blend ancient sound of Tuvan folk music with the sound of contemporary chamber orchestra.
The Tuvan side of the music would be represented by Huun Huur Tu, the foremost Tuvan band, with which Cheparukhin had been working since the early 1990s and Oboronko joined him in 2005. The contemporary side of the music would be represented by Vladimir Martynov's composing and Moscow chamber orchestra Opus Posth's performing.
Vladimir Martynov agreed to work on the project during the first meeting. He knew Huun Huur Tu's music, saw them live, and was excited about using contemporary composing techniques to blend the ancient Tuvan sound with avant-garde sensibilities of Opus Posth.
He wrote a composition for Huun Huur Tu, Opus Posth, and choir, and also incorporated poetry of Velimir Khlebnikov, famous Russian futurist poet of early 20th century. The composition was named "Children of the Otter" after the name of one of Khlebnikov's poems.
A year later, by the end of the summer of 2009, the 75-min composition was ready for the premiere. The whole project got a lucky break because several months earlier Alexander Cheparukhin was invited to participate in the cultural initiative of the city of Perm'.
Perm', city nearby Urals Mountains, close to the border between European and Asian subcontinents initiated a unique experiment of becoming one of the cultural capitals of Russia (apart from the traditional ones, namely, Moscow and St. Petersburg).
So, all the people working on the "Children of the Otter" project were invited to Perm' to rehearse and produce the composition's premiere. Perm' Philharmonia (Russian analogue of the Arts Council), city and regional governments sponsored rehearsals and production.
"Children of the Otter" - as performed by Huun Huur Tu, Opus Posth, and Perm's Academic Choir "Mlada" - premiered in Perm' on September 17, 2009 with the triumph.
Producers Oboronko and Cheparukhin are working now on organizing "Children of the Otter" premieres in Russia, Europe, and US.
We all are very grateful to Perm's city and regional governments, Perm' Philharmonia, and all the Perm' people who helped us to produce this beautiful music.
A DVD with the Perm' premiere performance of Children of the Otter is forthcoming in January 2009.
"Martynov Interview" video crew:
Celeste Den: director
Chad Kline: cameraman
Joe La:Rue: Editing