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The Arctic

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 27 January 2011

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations.. This week: the Arctic.

Greenland: Lucy greets the New Year with music, and hears the mighty voice of Greenland's greatest singer, Rasmus Lyberth.

Norway: Andy goes reindeer-herding under the midnight sun with Human Planet's May-Torril, who also happens to be an accomplished singer in the Sami tradition of yoiking.

Canada: Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq introduces us to her village in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and sings the intensely soulful music of the western Inuit.

Siberia: Andy meets musicians from Yakutsk, the coldest city on earth, where long winter nights are whiled away with the help of a Jew's harp.

Producers Roger Short and James Parkin.

Music and featured items

26 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Into

  • Image for Ayarkhaan

    Ayarkhaan Breath of North

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Marvin Ware

  • Greenland

  • Image for Rasmus Lyberth

    Rasmus Lyberth I see a light in your eyes

    Composer: Lyberth Performers: Jane Clark (violin); Christian Sogard (accordion)

    BBC recording made on-location at Det Gronlandske Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle on 11th January 2010

  • Image for Rasmus Lyberth

    Rasmus Lyberth Inuuneq nutaaq (The New Life)

    Composer: Rasmus Lyberth Performers: Jane Clark (violin); Sogard (accordion)

    BBC recording made on-location at Det Gronlandske Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle on 11th January 2010

  • Image for Erinarsoqatigiissuit

    Erinarsoqatigiissuit Seqineq nuilereersoq

    Composer: Anthon Tellesen Performers: Conducted by Berteh Sandgreen

    Erinarsoqatigiissuit 3, ULOCD-160

  • Image for The townsfolk of Ilulissat, Greenland

    The townsfolk of Ilulissat, Greenland Unknown hymn

    BBC recording made on-location in Ilulissat, Greenland, on 13th January 2010 by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle.

  • Image for Leif Immanuelsen

    Leif Immanuelsen Drum Dance Song

    Composer: Trad

    BBC recording made on-location in Ilulissat, Greenland, on 13th January 2010 by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle

  • Image for Leif Immanuelsen

    Leif Immanuelsen Polka: Tamatigooq

    Composer: Immanuelsen

    BBC recording made on-location in Ilulissat, Greenland, on 13th January 2010 by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle

  • Image for Leif Immanuelsen

    Leif Immanuelsen Drum Dance Song

    Composer: Trad

    BBC recording made on-location in Ilulissat, Greenland, on 13th January 2010 by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle

  • Norway

  • Image for Johan Sara

    Johan Sara First improvised joik at river

    BBC recording on-location in Maze, Norway, on 5th July 2010 by Sound Engineer Marvin Ware

  • Image for Johan Sara

    Johan Sara Second improvised joik at river

    BBC recording on-location in Maze, Norway, on 5th July 2010 by Sound Engineer Marvin Ware

  • Image for Johan Sara

    Johan Sara Second improvised joik in hills near Maze

    BBC recording on-location in Maze, Norway, on 5th July 2010 by Sound Engineer Marvin Ware

  • Image for May Torill

    May Torill Yoik for calling Reindeer

    BBC recording on-location in Maze, Norway, on 5th July 2010 by Sound Engineer Marvin Ware

  • Image for May Torill

    May Torill Improvised joik in hills near Maze

    BBC recording on-location in Maze, Norway, on 5th July 2010 by Sound Engineer Marvin Ware

  • Canada

  • Image for Tanya Tagaq

    Tanya Tagaq Improvisation

    BBC recording

  • Image for Tanya Tagaq & Donna Lyall

    Tanya Tagaq & Donna Lyall Geese

    Artist: Donna Lyall

    BBC recording

  • Image for Tanya Tagaq & Donna Lyall

    Tanya Tagaq & Donna Lyall Love Song

    Artist: Donna Lyall

    BBC recording

  • Image for Tanya Tagaq & Donna Lyall

    Tanya Tagaq & Donna Lyall Song of the Puppy

    Artist: Song of the Puppy

    BBC recording

  • Image for Tanya Tagaq

    Tanya Tagaq Improvisation

    BBC recording

  • Image for Michael Red

    Michael Red The BBC is grateful to Michael Red for assistance with natural sound recordings in Cambrid

  • Siberia

  • Image for Ayarkhaan

    Ayarkhaan My Horse

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Marvin Ware

  • Image for Ayarkhaan

    Ayarkhaan Dedication to the Blacksmith's Patron Kudai Bakhsy

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Marvin Ware

  • Recording in Greenland

    Recording in Greenland

  • Reindeer Herding in Norway

    Reindeer Herding in Norway

    (Credit: Marvin Ware)

  • Donna Lyall in Nunavut, Canada

    Donna Lyall in Nunavut, Canada

  • Ayarkhaan at the Sayan Ring Festival, Siberia

    Ayarkhaan at the Sayan Ring Festival, Siberia

    Photo by Marvin Ware

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