You’ve probably already seen the trailer for Nordic Pulse, the new documentary about Kristjan and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. Now we’re excited to announce that the film will have its world premiere next month in Tallinn, Estonia. Nordic Pulse will be screened on 28 November as part of the Black Nights Film Festival. The film, which was directed by acclaimed documentary maker David Donnelly (Maestro, Forte), follows the orchestra on two landmark European tours that it made in 2017 – ‘Waterworks’ and ‘Baltic Folk’. These tours took the Baltic Sea Philharmonic to nine cities in four countries, and the film features concert footage from venues including the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Historical Technical Museum in Peenemünde.
With ‘Waterworks’, Kristjan wanted to transport audiences to a new dimension, and Nordic Pulse captures the unique atmosphere as an expert team from Sunbeam Productions transforms the musical performance into a fully immersive concert experience, complete with vibrant projections and real-time lighting and sound design. On the ‘Baltic Folk’ tour the orchestra made history by performing Stravinsky’s The Firebird from memory for the first time. Nordic Pulse shows the musicians’s journeys from wondering whether playing such a complex score by heart is even possible to feeling like it’s the most natural and inspiring experience they’ve ever had in an orchestra. Players began asking Kristjan if the orchestra could do whole concerts from memory, and since 2017 this has indeed become a signature of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic.