Scriabin in the Himalayas
Held on the terrace of Thikse Monastery in Ladakh, India, Scriabin in the Himalayas was a spectacular concert in tribute to the great mystic and musical genius, Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. The occasion was fitting as exactly 100 years earlier, Scriabin passed on to the finer realms of harmony. His final opus, Mysterium Magnum, was left unfinished, and his bold designs of a seven-day-long, multi-sensory spectacle in a Himalayan monastery sadly had to be abandoned. This was the first performance of the composer’s music ever held at the foothills of the Himalayas–a realisation of his greatest dream over a century after its conception.
The concert, which was the highest publicly attended piano concert in history, featured pianists Matthew Bengtson, Coady Green and Christopher Wayne Smith, tenor Neil Latchman, and monks of Thikse monastery who performed their traditional dance. The programme included Scriabin's greatest works for solo piano as well as Vocalises, and a unique transcription of The Divine Poem for piano four hands. An interactive light installation designed by Dagny Rewera and Vincent Rebers (Bureau of Extraordinary Affairs), and based on Scriabin's unique colour-tonal system, brought together sound and vision, while Michel Roudnitska, one of France's most famed perfumers, designed a limited-edition scent and a an olfactory score of timed scent diffusions.
Scriabin in the Himalayas is presently in postproduction as a music documentary, scheduled to premiere towards the end of 2019.