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An Improvisation for the Asylum Seekers

15 Sep 2016, Posted by admin in Front, Music

An Improvisation for the Asylum Seekers in Finland

By Juri Kim Pang, Improvisationist-composer

Expressing the asylum seekers’ desire for freedom in Finland, Juri Kim Pang, a new york city based -composer-improvisationist performed an improvisation at a public library in Helsinki. This concert is performed by a group of strangers from NYC for strangers, the asylum seekers in Helsinki.

Towards the end of her improv, she also played a theme on Taivas on sininen ja valkoinen (Blue and White), a well-known Finnish folk song:

Blue and White

When motherland stayed behind,
Thought quietly in my mind
What could I tell about it,
Replying to people asking from me

 

Would I tell about the poverty,
Wood boards in front of the doors?
Or all the richness?
Until I knew the answer.

 

refrain:
Blue is the sky, blues are the eyes of it
Blue are the lakes, reflecting the blueness
White is the snow, white are the nights of summer
White are the clouds, the sheep of blue sky

 

Roots grew to ground,
cold and frosted
Still felt the warmth
In the hardness of granite

 

Gently whispered the spruces
Its wishes brought the wind
Blue and white,
colors are of freedom