Our journey continued with an astonishing duo from Russia and Ukraine, Arkady Shilkloper on horns and Vadim Neselovskyi on piano. It was the 2nd of April 2017 and the audience at Volksbuehne Berlin experienced an evening full of jazz, classical, folklore and experimental sounds – Music, just Music. The piece of the video is Get up and Go by Vadim Neselovskyi.
In this first part of the concert we burnt barks, leaves, fruits and resin of the Birch tree, the well known black and white plant from the Betula family (see also concert 7). The birch is a very important element in Russian culture and represents the grace, strength, tenderness and natural beauty of Russian women as well as the closeness to nature of the Russians. It’s associated with marriage and love. In the second set we had some amber, a fossilised tree resin, hundreds of millions of years old, but still able, while burning and changing its form, to offer an incredible scent with multiple colours and flavours. Like smelling a drop of the soul of the very past.