A CORAL SYMPHONY

The World Premiere of my Symphonic Tone Poem CORAL SYMPHONY  Kumulipo Reflections with Hawai´i Symphony Orchestra conducted by Grammy award winning JoAnn Falletta in their Masterworks Series in Honolulu on April 1st & 2nd 2017 was a great success that received standing ovations at both performances.

http://www.stockholmresilience.org/news–events/general-news/2016-09-08-a-symphony-for-the-coral-reefs.html

The Kumulipo Creation Epic has relevance for inspiring better Biosphere Stewardship globally and resonates with many other Creation legends throughout the World.

The Symphonic Tone Poem Kumulipo Reflections has also gained appreciation and gratitude among Native Hawaiians as a symbol of reconciliation and restitution, as their sacred ecological creation chant Kumulipo is presented and uplifted in soloist position with a prestigious Symphony Orchestra to an entirely new audience.

KUMULIPO REFLECTIONS Score

World class Nature photography courtesy of AZOTE will be projected during the performance.

There will also be supporting scientific community events hosted by
Conservation International, Kewalo Marine Laboratory and University of Hawai´i at Manoa.

Background information:

My intention as a composer is to create music that can inspire audiences to strengthen their commitment to environmental stewardship and also be symbols of understanding and reconciliation between cultures.
When Narissa Spies, a native Hawaiian doctorate student at Kewalo Marine Laboratory introduced me to Hawaiian Oli and the poetic beauty of the Hawaiian Creation Chant Kumulipo, it inspired me to conceive a Tone Poem as a Symphonic reflection. As a devoted environmentalist I love that the Kumulipo illustrates humanity ́s intimate relationship with every living creature and plant as our beloved ancestors and that Hawaiians regard the Coral Polyp as the most basic unit of Life.
In order to proceed in harmony with Hawaiian Culture, I seeked the mentorship of Maestro Aaron Mahi, former conductor of the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Honolulu Symphony and a Cultural Specialist.
This fruitful collaboration evolved so that Aaron Mahi will be performing the Kumulipo Chant Ka Wa Akahi as the Hawai ́i Symphony Orchestra reflects and embraces the Creation Epic from a Westerners perspective.
Sacred Hawaiian Pahu drums made of sharkskin sets a ceremonial rhythm that evokes the spirits of ancient Hawai ́i as the evolution of species grows exponentially into a mighty Celebration of Life.
The Symphonic Tone Poem Kumulipo Reflections is mirroring the architecture of the first Creation Chant: Prologue to the Night World, first Kane & Wahine, Coral Fugue,
Procession of Invertebrates, Ritornell of Guardians, God of Abundance.
My deepest gratitude to Maestro Aaron Mahi and Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra for their goodwill towards the creation and premiere of Kumulipo Reflections and to the Swedish Anders Wall Foundation, Stockholm Resilience
Center www.stockholmresilience.org and Alba Eco www.albaeco.se who are supporting this collaboration as they see Music, not just as a pleasant luxury for the ears, but as an integral part of the process of communicating Science and environmental awareness.
Mahalo nui loa,
Anders Paulsson
Artistic Director
www.coralguardians.org
kaHaloa o ke ‘a ko’a ko’a

=The long breath of the Coral * Parent to care for the Reef www.anderspaulsson.com
First impressions:
What I have thus heard and seen in the score, I can totally comprehend the leading source of your heart and spirit as the guidance of the aumakua leads you. It is indeed communicating the pauku/verses of the message of the Kumulipo, yes, E hoomau/continue please. Na Akua, na aumakua, na kini Akua are near us both here and in and around you, papahanaumokunuiakea will rejoice with harmony in concert with all of the other reefs or apapa throughout ka papahanaumoku joined together being connected by ke Kaimoana a kanaloa. Me ke aloha my brother. Ke kuaana, Aaron Mahi
Wow, what an amazing journey! I’m so pleased that I was able to meet you, and that you were able to learn about my culture. I’m so excited to be able to be part involved in this process. The little bit of your mele that I was able to hear in the video made my na’au so happy! I’m really looking forward to hearing the final product! I feel nothing but positive vibes from this! I think our kupuna are very proud of this and I can’t wait to share it with my native Hawaiian mentors. Mahalo for taking the time to really learn about our culture, and mahalo for integrating those oli into your daily life! Me Ka ha‘aha‘a, Narissa Spies

GALAKONSERT & SEMINARIUM FÖR VÄRLDENS KORALLREV

CORAL GUARDIANS GALA CONCERT & SCIENCE SEMINAR

to benefit education of schoolchildren in biodiversity conservation & sustainable development

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http://svtplay.se/v/2565368/han_tonsatter_korallrev

svtplay.se

Ur Gomorron Sverige 13/10 – 11 kl 6.43

Part 1, 18-19:

PROCESSION:

Korallen den fina……………………………………………………………………..Swedish Folksong

Adolf Fredriks Childrens Choir; Fredrik Winberg

Beautiful coral and chrystal that is gleaming

Folkloristic Kulning……………..……………………………………………………………Traditional

Malin Foxdal & Anders Paulsson

Scandinavian herding calls used to communicate over long distances

Sa Yo Lamang……………………………………………………………………….Manuel V. Francisco

S:t Johannes Chamber Choir, Karin Oldgren

A heart-warming drama about love, faith and life

Ain´t that Good News………………………………………………………Spiritual, arr: Moses Hogan

University Santo Tomas Singers from Manila, Philippines Fidel Gener Calalang, JR, conductor

Good news is what we need

SESSION 1: Coral reefs – a global outlook

Short presentations

18:15 – 18:25 Welcome address – from polyps to people! Per Olsson, Fredrik Moberg

18:25 – 18:35 Raja Ampat Islands* – one of the last untouched coral reef environments

*excerpt from the TV documentary “The Coral Eden” by Mattias Klum

18:35 – 18:45 Have we already crossed planetary boundaries?

Coral reefs as ”canaries in the global coal mine” Johan Rockström

Vilda Gässen………………………………………………..text:Dan Andersson, music: Ture Rangström

Malin Foxdal + Power Strings

Let nature be your solace

Dahil Sa Yo ……………………………………………………………………………….Miguel Velarde, Jr

Adolf Fredriks Children ́s Choir; Fredrik Winberg

A song so special to many Filipinos that it is almost a national anthem

Danjugan Sanctuary………………………………………………………..Anders Paulsson / Gerry Grey

A solemn procession of endangered species.

Composed for Danjugan Marine Sanctuary in the Philippines

*********************Intermission with refreshments****************************** 20 minutes

Part 2 19.20-20.20

Remarks by Philippine Ambassador Ms. Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson

l´Isle Joyeuse ……………………………………………………………………………… Claude Debussy

Patrik Jablonski, piano solo

The happy island where we all belong

Ballade ………………………………………………………………………………………..Victoria Power

Power Strings, Anders Paulsson

A flavour of film music with a touch of melancholy romance

Forlane – Bourrée – Passepied……………………………………………………Johann Sebastian Bach

from Orchestral suite #1 i C-major BWV 1066

Power Strings, Anders Paulsson & Daniel Elander

Universally uplifting music for the best of human character

SESSION 2: Coral reefs – why should we care?

Moderated dialogue with introduction

19:35 – 19:45 From local livelihoods and citizen science to the global scale, Peter Raines

19:45 – 20:05 Dialogue: Kajsa Garpe, Gerry Ledesma, Magnus Nyström, Peter Raines

Lay a Garland ………………………………………………………………………………Robert Pearsall

University Santo Tomas Singers from Manila, Philippines Fidel Gener Calalang, JR, conductor

Mourning our losses and moving towards a better future

Green Song ……………………………………………………………………………….Svante Henryson

Cello poetry with Irish flavour

Drum solo improvisation……………………………………………………………………Morgan Ågren

The rhythms of life unite us

Manila Vanila ……………………………………………………………………………….Anders Paulsson

A tribute to my excellent Philippine musician friends

CORAL GUARDIANS premiere!…………………………………………………………….Anders Paulsson

Theme song for the Coral Guardians project. Local musicians are invited to add their own flavors

at different tropical destinations

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PART 3 20.40 – 21.40

Home – Sphinx – La Fiesta………………………………………….Paulsson/ Einarsdotter / Chick Corea

Elise Einarsdotter, Olle Steinholtz, Anders Paulsson A medley of emotion and musical poetry

Just the way you are ……………………………………………………………………………..Billy Joel

Anna Christoffersson, Elise Einarsdotter & Olle Steinholtz Learning to respect our planet and ourselves

SESSION 3: Solutions and stewardship for healthy coral reefs and human well-being

Panel discussion with questions from students and the audience

Beyond the obituaries: 20:55 – 21:25 from local to global solutions to the coral reef decline

Carl Folke, Kajsa Garpe, Gerry Ledesma, Peter Raines and

students from Globala Gymnasiet in Stockholm

Celebrate …………………………………………………………………………………………Janet Hood

University Santo Tomas Singers from Manila, Philippines

Fidel Gener Calalang, JR, conductor

Let us celebrate the joy of human ingenuity and interdependence

Umawit Kayo Sa Panginoon.…………………………………………………………………..Joy T. Nilo

Idem-dem Mallida………………………………………………………………..Ilocano Filipino Folksong

S:t Johannes Kammarkör, Karin Oldgren

Remember the wisdom of our ancestors

Rites of Passage – Bohumils Bolero………………………………………………………..Coste Apetrea

Maud Karlsson dance solo

An ecstatic 7/4 dance between death metal and joyous life

Happy Birthday to the CORAL GUARDIANS project!……………………………………….Stevie Wonder

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MUSICIANS: in order of appearance

Adolf Fredriks Musikklasser – Fredrik Winberg

5c & 5d från Adolf Fredriks musikklasser are 60 children from Sweden’s largest school for musically gifted children, where the children are involved in a choir education with the aim of giving everyone the possibility to expand their voice and musicality. Fredrik Winberg is a conductor and teacher at the school since 2002. www.afmu.nu

Malin Foxdal

Malin´s powerful stage presence and expressive singing together with her innovative interpretations of traditional material have attracted critical acclaim along with an audience that stretches far beyond the folk music scene. www.malinfoxdal.com

Anders Paulsson

Classically trained soprano saxophone soloist with many original compositions dedicated to him, educated in France and Manhattan School of Music. Since his Carnegie Hall début in 1992, Anders has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide. www.anderspaulsson.com

Power Strings

Victoria Power and her newly established orchestra Power Strings have performed at The Royal Palace and for Mr Bill Gates. Her father Marc Power is concertmaster of the Stockholm Royal Opera orchestra. www.victoriapower.com

Mimmi Sandén
born 25 December 1995 is a Swedish singer and actress who came to fame by becoming 1st runner up in the television show Sweden’s Got Talent 2007. Mimmi and her Philippina class-mate Joanna Pastor Nugas are students at Rytmus Musical College in Stockholm. www.mimmisanden.se

Coste Apetrea

Since 1972 Coste is regarded as one of Swedens most influential fusion and hard rock guitarists. He co-produced the Danjugan Sanctuary CD in 1998 with Anders Paulsson. www.coste.se

His band members are: Håkan Granat guitar Pierre Lindsjöö electric bass, Wilgot Hansson drums

S:t Johannes Kammarkör – Karin Oldgren

S:t Johannes Chamber Choir was founded 2002 by its conductor and artistic director Karin Oldgren, and has established itself as one of Stockholm’s foremost ensembles. The choir comprises 35 singers with a common passion for music and an ambition to explore different genres and musical expressions. www.johanneskammarkor.se

The University of Santo Tomas Singers (UST Singers) Fidel Gener Calalang JR

The Philippines’ University of Santo Tomas Singers (UST Singers) was founded in 1992 and is the premiere mixed choral ensemble of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, the oldest university in Asia. Since 1993, the UST Singers have won 45 top prizes including the coveted Choir of the World Grand Prize twice in 1995 and 2010.  www.ust-singers.com

Patrik Jablonski

His debut concert as an 8 year old prodigy at Stockholm Concert hall was followed by studies at the Royal College of London and an international career as piano soloist with orchestra. He is also an avid tennis player. www.patrikjablonski.com

Daniel Elander

After studying saxophone with Anders Paulsson and professor Jean-Marie Londeix at Conservatoire de Musique in Bordeaux France, he has introduced contemporary French saxophone music to Swedish audiences. www.elandermusic.com

Svante Henryson

A virtuoso, composer and improviser fluent in all musical languages, he moves boundlessly across the entire musical spectrum As a cellist, performing jazz, Indian music or rock music, he makes the cello sound as if it always belonged there. www.myspace.com/svantehenryson

Morgan Ågren

Morgan Ågren has been a drummer since age four and a Grammy winning musician on both sides of the Atlantic. He was the winner of Modern Drummer Readers Poll in 2010. As teenager Morgan got invited to play with Frank Zappa. www.morganagren.com

Elise Einarsdotter

“The human aspect is the message”, says Elise. Jazz provided me with what I was searching for in music, terseness, austerity and dissonance, with all of life’s colors combined with an enormous power capable of moving mountains.” www.touchemusic.se

Olle Steinholtz

A self taught musician, innovator and engineer of the SteinBass TM, an electric upright bass. His phenomenal technique, gorgeous tone and musical imagination has made Olle a coveted bassist on the Scandinavian jazz scene. www.pizzicato.se

Anna Christoffersson

Her soulful voice and breakthrough recording “It’s always you” elected Anna as a great new hope for Swedish Jazz. The freedom and communication of jazz improvisation are valuable expressions for personal growth. www.annachristoffersson.com

Maud Karlsson

Maud Karlsson is trained at the Ballet Academy in Stockholm and has worked as a dancer, teacher and choreographer in USA for 11 years. In 2000 she began to orchestrate some poetry she had written and started her own company. www.maudsart.se

SPEAKERS: in order of appearance

Per Olsson is team leader and researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre. He holds a PhD in natural resource management and has worked extensively in the field of ecosystem management with over ten years of fieldwork, e.g. on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Fredrik Moberg is the Director of Albaeco – an independent organisation communicating the latest in sustainability science. He holds a PhD in coral reef ecology from Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University.

Mattias Klum is one of the world’s leading photographers and a frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine. He has published nine books, a number of documentary films and is a coveted lecturer world wide.

Johan Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues. He is Professor in natural resource management at Stockholm University, and the Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Peter Raines is the founder and CEO of Coral Cay Conservation (CCC). He has authored and co-authored over 300 scientific reports and publications, and has won numerous international awards and citations for his work in conservation.

Kajsa Garpe is the Program Officer for fisheries at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation’s (SSNC) International department. She holds a PhD in coral reef ecology from the department of Zoology, Stockholm University.

Gerry Ledesma is the founder of the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc. He is presently a trustee for the Foundation for the Philippine Environment, a grant giving organisation with an endowment fund from a debt for nature swap.

Magnus Nyström is a leading coral reef ecologist and Associate Professor at Stockholm Resilience Centre. He holds a PhD in systems ecology and has extensive field experience from coral reef expeditions to Thailand, Belize, the Philippines and Australia.

Carl Folke is Professor, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Director of Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics and Science Director at Stockholm Resilience Centre. He has co-authored and edited 10 books and written over 200 scientific papers.

Globala Gymnasiet (Global College) is an upper secondary school focusing on global issues and sustainable development. It is a public school located in the centre of Stockholm, with approximately 400 students between the ages of 16-19, and 25 teachers.

Webbadresser:

www.anderspaulsson.se

www.prrcf.org

www.coralcay.org

www.stockholmresilience.org

www.albaeco.se

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