Italian Cellist Riccardo Pes Plays His 'Lament for the Tree' at Sycamore Gap after the tragic event of last 29th September
The Italian cellist-composer Riccardo Pes traveled from Italy to the north of England to play his composition, 'Lament for the Tree', at Sycamore Gap. After hearing the tragic news, Pes canceled took the first flight to London to say his tribute.
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Pes's original work, 'Lament for the Tree', is a composition inspired by the Gaelic tradition of the lament - a traditional folk song based on repetition often used to mourn loved ones, heal from tragedies, and transcend loss.
Pes's travels with his cello to get to the tree weren't easy. It felt like embarking on a real-life adventure and required a heavy dose of bravery. As Pes explained, "After four hours by train from London, I was so close - only an 11-minute drive from The Sill Discovery Centre, where the footpath to Sycamore Gap starts. However, due to the public transportation strike, I was stuck at Haltwhistle with no buses or taxis." After many attempts, Fiona Forsythe, a volunteer at the tourist office, found Pes a lift to the Sill. "Yet the adventure was far from over because once I got there, I had to walk in abysmal weather conditions - through the mud - with my cello for 40 minutes. However, I have no regrets. The effort was worth it, and I will never forget this experience and the lovely people I met along the way. I also want to thank my friend and artist Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell who kindly lent her cello" recalled Pes.
Pes is committed to combining music and nature – and to making music relevant to current environmental issues. As a composer, he has already written many compositions inspired by nature and physics. He recently published a new single, 'Himalaya,' and it is not unusual to see him playing a hay cello constructed entirely from grass. His commitment to the environment inspired him to found the Blanc European Festival in Italy, that promotes a culture of respect and care for the environment through the arts.
Reporting on the performance on The Cello Museum website, curator Dr. Brenda Neece shared the idea to make cellos from the fallen tree and allow its voice to live on, even after this tragic loss.
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