A Choir for Rapa Nui
The Chilean pianist and composer Ximena Cabello wrote a song of welcome for Tahai, the newborn daughter of her student, the pianist Mahani Teave and her husband Enrique Ika, which was sung by the soprano Ilse Simpfendorfer.
And, what about vocal techniques, the needed skills to be able to sing or even speak correctly and safely? Several people have stopped Ilse Simpfendorfer in the street … “Are you Ilse? … I want to learn to sing because I’m getting hoarse.” Ilse recognizes those symptoms: “It’s necessary to maintain the instrument that is our voice in good shape to avoid hoarseness and the formation of nodules until very late in life. Our voice box isn’t just in the throat, but actually uses open sinus spaces located behind the nose and the cheeks. In order to sing, just as to talk, it’s necessary to learn to relax the neck and shoulders, breathe well, let the voice resonate, articulate and vocalize. It’s very useful to understand how the voice really works and what happens at a muscular level when we sing.”
Rapa Nui, the land of mystery and living history, where you can experience the natural and cultural wealth in one of the most beautiful and intriguing places on our planet.
The Day of the Language or Mahana or te Re’o was created in 1995 by two teachers of the Rapanui language, Hilaria Tuki and Virginia Haoa, to raise awareness.
HonuiThe Rapanui Families Organize2016 was the 50th anniversary of the government of Chile establishing civil administration on Rapa Nui, after leasing it for 47 years to a British multi-national livestock firm, followed by 13 years under the administration and...