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Songs for a Heartbreak

Friday 23 February 2024 at 20:00
at Longyearbyen Kulturhus
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From Purcell to Tom Waits. From early days until today. Through history many people have lost their heart to Svalbard. Some have left or lost their beloved ones, and some have left their heart in the beauty of the nature. This beautiful, musical journey will take you through history and deep emotions.

The great Soetkin Baptist is a singer with a huge range in style and expression. This evening she will invite you to a heartfelt and warm concert in the February polar night, together with the brilliant pianist Yegor Shevtsov. The music will be accompanied by video and visuals made by Martin Losvik.

The songs chosen for the concert are written by, among others Johannes Brahms, Henry Purcell, Benjamin Britten, Joni Mitchell, Judee Sill, Tom Waits and Kurt Ville.

“Everything broken needs a song that heals it again. Through a heartbreakingly beautiful journey, songs are written in all times, in all forms, in all languages with one purpose only: To heal what needs mending.”

Soetkin Baptist is a singer from Belgium, now living in Valnesfjord in Nordland. Soetkin har a classical vocal education, and is known as a versatile singer with a broad repertoire, who is regularly seen on many stages in Norway and abroad. She is frequently appearing as soloist or ensemble singer with Vocal Art, Vokal Nord, Arktisk Filharmoni, Whatnot and as a member of the legendary ensemble Rajas del viejo mundo. She is conducting of two choirs in Nordland.  Soetkin has also represented Belgium in the Eurovision song contest, and has appeared in a documentary series in Belgium, broadcasted to more than 1 million viewers.

Yegor Shevtsov (born 1977) in Lviv, Ukraine, is a solo-pianist, writer, chamber musician and teacher. He has his eductaion from Ukraine and USA, with a Ph.d from Manhatten School of Music. Shevtsov has appeared as soloist in many of the prestigous concert halls around the world. He has played with a number of orchestras and reknowned musicians and conductors, and has achieved great reviews for his playing from various journalists.

His recording of the piano music of Claude Debussy and Pierre Boulez was highligted as one of the 25 best classical albums in 2013, by rhapsody.com. Later he has received brilliant reviews for recordings like Reiko Füting’s Gelöschte Namen and Red Light New Music’s Barbary Coast (2015), Dmitri Tymoczko’s Rube Goldberg Variations (2017) and James Newton’s The Manual of Light (2018). In 2019, Yegor Shevtsov moved from New York to Bodø where he is now working as a pianist in Arktisk Filharmoni.


Soetkin Baptist, soprano

Yegor Shevtsov, piano

Martin Losvik, visuals

This concert is part of the festival pass.

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