My Estonian Grandmother. Play by Julia Aug. Music by Ardo Ran Varres
Original music for the play Persona by Ingmar Bergman.
Psychological drama by Ingmar Bergman
Famous actress Elisabet Vogler has a nervous breakdown during a performance of Electra and stops speaking Therapy does not yield the hoped-for results and the doctor opts for unconventional treatment: sends Elisabet and young nurse Alma to a nice summer house by the seaside. Elisabet is still silent but gradually Alma starts revealing her inner self to her mute patient…
Persona was released in 1966 starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann. It has spawned countless analyses, interpretations and debates since it was first screened. Persona contains many favourite Bergmanesque elements, including insanity and identity crisis, and it’s often been seen as a study in Jung’s split personality theory as seen through cinema or theatre. Critics have called the work the Mont Blanc of film and have opined there is no one correct interpretation.
Premiere on 26 January 2019 at the Small Building, Vanemuine theatre
Director Ain Mäeots
Translator Ülev Aaloe
Designer and lighting designer Kristjan Suits
Video designer Emer Värk
Original music and sounddesign Ardo Ran Varres
In roles Linda Kolde, Ragne Pekarev, Marika Barabanštšikova, Jüri Lumiste or Ain Mäeots
Interview: Filmus.ee Filmmusic composer Ardo Ran Varres
Original music for feature film The Real Life of Joh. Pääsuke
Dir. H. Volmer
Kopli kinokompanii 2019
Ardo Ran Varres plays Oskar Kallas in the feature film by Hardi Volmer
Ardo Ran Varres got a recognition prize 2018 for original music and sounddesign.
Colleagues of Endla (Pärnu, Estonia) theatre nominated Ardo Ran Varres with a recognition prize for original music and sounddesign.
Music was composed for the performances Dreamworks (Dir. I. Vihmar) and Life and Love (Dir. A. Toikka)
Curse of the Dragon. Original music
Based on a book with the same title by Helen Käit.
Janne and Joosep find a mysterious book of charms that takes the sister and brother along with it to a magical world. The children find themselves in the strange Kingdom of Regnum, where rejoicing crowds receive them. Yet shortly, the dreadful truth comes to light – the Kingdom of Regnum has suffered for centuries under the curse of an awful dragon. Every year, the dragon demands the most beautiful girl in the kingdom for himself and if it does not get its victim, it destroys entire cities and villages. Now the entire population hopes that Janne and Joosep are the ones who will end the curse! A frightening adventure full of the arts of magic and fantastic creatures awaits the sister and brother, where they exceed their own previous limitations.
Premiere: 30 November 2018 on the Big Stage. Estonian Dramatheatre
Director: Kersti Heinloo
Art Director: Kristjan Suits (Tallinn City Theatre)
Lighting Designer: Airi Eras
Music Composer and sound design: Ardo Ran Varres
Motion Director: Raho Aadla
Cast: Teele Pärn, Christopher Rajaveer, Viire Valdma, Liisa Saaremäel, Aleksander Eelmaa, Inga Salurand, Pääru Oja, Sander Roosimägi.
Heaven upon Narva. Videomapping
Scenario: D. Tomberg, video: T. Varm, music and sound: A. R. Varres
Original score for drama Life and Love (A. H. Tammsaare/A. Kivirähk) Pärnu theatre. Dir. A. Toikka.
DAYS OF ESTONIAN CULTURE IN BERLIN 2018 Symphony For One. Allegro con moto
KAMA3 PROGRAMME ON OCTOBER 6TH
Brotfabrik, Caligariplatz 1, 13086 Berlin
5 pm – 6 pm Professor dr Cornelius Hasselblatt’s lecture „Random thoughts on new Estonian literature“ (only in Estonian)
6 pm – 7 pm Break
7 pm – 9 pm Performance of Tartu New Theatre “Symphony For One. Allegro con moto” (only in Estonian)
After the performance Q&A with director and musical designer Ardo Ran Varres and actor Aleksander Eelmaa (only in Estonian)
9.15 pm – 10 pm Break
10 pm – 11 pm Viktor’s Joy‘s concert
33 variations. Sounddesign by Ardo Ran Varres
Drama by Moisés Kaufman
This award-winning play written by contemporary American playwright Moisés Kaufman in 2007 has two storylines, one of them 200 years ago, the other one in our own time.
It is 1819. Composer Ludwig van Beethoven becomes enthralled by a simple waltz strain and is obsessed with the desire to make every note perfect, stringing them like pearls into a necklace of 33 variations – a work that would be the crowning achievements of piano music. At the same time, he has to do battle with poor finances and worsening deafness.
It is 2009. Successful musicologist Katherine Brandt starts solving the puzzle surrounding the origins of the variations. Why did Beethoven “waste” the closing years of his life on a banal waltz? Only a vain desire to show the worlds that he could even turn mediocre material into a masterwork? The voyage undertaken by this independent minded woman to solve the mystery forces her to reappraise many things in her own life.
As they are interwoven, the two stories become variations on the question: what is art? how does art make everyday life transcendent? how does life supply material for art?
In the production, we hear excerpts from Beethoven’s 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli.
Premiere on 6 October 2018 at the Small Building/Vanemuine/Tartu
Translator Herdis Olmaru
In roles Marika Barabanštšikova, Marian Heinat, Ragne Pekarev, Guido Kangur (Estonian Drama Theatre), Karl Laumets, Jüri Lumiste, Margus Jaanovits, Andre Hinn
Ardo Ran Varres Film Music Band. 15 of September 7 PM TUT/Tartu New Theatre
Ardo Ran Varres Film Music Band
Live: 12 of September 2018. Tallinn/Hobuveski
15 of September Tartu/Tartu Uus Teater
Musicians: Jorma Toots, Andre Maaker, Ahto Abner, Lauri Kadalipp, Ardo Ran Varres.
Special guest: Liisi Koikson
Photos: Siim Vahur
Music design for the play Kostja and the Giant (Theatre company RAAAM)
Author: Mart Kivastik Director: Aleksandr Ogarev
Premiere 25th of July 2018. Viinistu/Estonia www.raaam.ee
Student Festival Gaudeamus 2018. Dance performance: The Mystery of Midsummer Eve. Music design by Ardo Ran Varres
Gaudeamus has turned into both a song and dance festival and is hosted, as a rule, every four years either by Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania. Moreover, there are always participants coming afar or from neighboring countries, from the United States to Novorossiysk in Russia. In 2006, when the 50th anniversary of the Students’ Song Festival was celebrated, almost 6000 performers from the Baltic and Nordic countries gathered in Tartu, the celebrations were enjoyed by more than 30 000 spectators.
10 p.m. Dance performance: “The Mystery of Midsummer Eve“
Tartu’s Tamme Stadium will fill with mystery and the spirit of blossoming love. At Estonia’s first nocturnal dance celebration, folk dance will be combined with modern dance for the first time in the festival’s long history. We will bring the mystery and mysticism inherent of Midsummer Eve and traditions of three small nations to the stadium.
The idea for the performance is inspired by Juhani Pütsepp’s story, which tells us about a young man and woman who fall in love but are forbidden to be together. Their love brings about a series of adventurous and mysterious events, from which the tradition of Midsummer Eve bonfires is born. This is a romantic story filled with adventure, which seems like an old legend or a myth about the origins of the Midsummer Eve celebrations. The lighting at this performance is almost like an actor – an important and constantly changing character.
Renee Nõmmik is the director, Ardo Ran Varres, the musical designer, and Meelis Lusmägi, the lighting artist.
Original music for Drama. Tallinn City Theatre. Premiere: Vürst Gabriel.
Introduction to Tallinn City Theatre
In 2016, Tallinn City Theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary. Starting out in Soviet times as Estonian Youth Theatre, a state-owned touring company, made up of an entire class of fresh drama school graduates and a small number of big names, it has transformed during five decades into an established, yet vibrant and dynamic repertory theatre, operating in one of the most remarkable theatre buildings in the world.
Electroacoustic music concert
June 5, 15:00. Tartu, Eller school.
Ardo Ran Varres channsonnier Gruber Frankenstein
Photo: Rene Jakobson
Apis Mellifera for Cello, Accordion, live-electronics and phonogram. World premiere
Estonian Music Days 2018. Final Concert. The Horizon
Estonia Concert Hall
Robert Jürjendal (b. 1966)
It seems to me that one of the touch points of this concert to Estonian Music Days and also unconsciously a holy subject is nature and environment, worries about what might one day appear from behind the horizon. Concerning Yxus Ensemble, it is worth mentioning that this time we perform as a large sinfonietta. Since the end of Nyyd Ensemble about a decade ago, this is the first and hopefully not the last programme for Yxus with a conductor involved.
Ardo Ran Varres
VENUETallinn Philharmonic Society House of Blackheads, White HallDATE04.04.2018TIME19:00TICKET20/15 €
ARDO RAN VARRES
TALLINN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Soloist ja conductor RISTO JOOST
Steve Reich Clapping Music
Erkki-Sven Tüür "Action"
Steve Reich Duo for Two Violins and String Orchestra (solistid Harry Traksmann ja Olga Voronova)
John Cage Water walk (solist Risto Joost)
Heinz Karl Gruber "Frankenstein" Chansonnier Ardo Ran Varres
Ardo Ran Varres "Concentra" for String Orchestra
Photos: Rene Jakobson
Dreamworks. Premiere in Endla theatre.
author Ivan Võrõpajev
translation Tiit Alte
director/music design Ingomar Vihmar
set design Rosita Raud
light design Margus Vaigur
composer Ardo Ran Varres
coreographer Rauno Zubko
vocal coach Elo Kesküla
Premiere: 3 of March
New choral music concert
March 3rd 2018 at 4 p.m at Tubin Hall of Heino Eller Tartu Music School
Repertoire: Jõeleht (premiere), Jürjendal (premiere), Kruusmaa (premiere), Kõlar (premiere), M. Kõrvits (premiere), Külama (premiere), Siimer (premiere), Valkonen (premiere), Varres (premiere)
Dmitri Bulgakov (oboe)
Conductor: Pärt Uusberg
Faust. Original music by Ardo Ran Varres
THE GRAND BUILDING OF VANEMUINE THEATRE
PREMIERE 03.02.2018 - 19:00
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s philosophical novel Faust has many like-minded counterparts in world literature. These works are characterised by a powerful thematic vortex involving the search for the meaning of life and eternal youth, and the intricacies of a world shot with morality and ethics, sin and Hell, cravings and greed.
Director and dramatist Hendrik Toompere (Estonian Drama Theatre)
Scenographer and costume designer Pille Jänes
Composer Ardo Ran Varres
In roles Linda Kolde, Marian Heinat, Veiko Porkanen, Andres Mähar, Reimo Sagor, Priit Strandberg, Margus Jaanovits, Hannes Kaljujärv, Jüri Lumiste, Jaanus Tepomees
DocPoint Helsinki opening movie: Rodeo. Music composed by Ardo Ran Varres
In 1992, Estonia saw its first free election since World War II. The young republic was in chaos. Still, a 32-year-old idealist called Mart Laar was elected into office and went on to become Europe’s youngest Prime Minister.
Language: Estonian, English, Swedish, Finnish
The directors Kiur Aarma and Raimo Jõerand and producer Ari Matikainen will be present at Monday’s and Saturday’s screenings. After Friday’s screening, at 18:45 at Savoy, a discussion will be held on the first years of Estonia’s independence.
Drama "Queen of the Night". Original music by Ardo Ran Varres
Director: Helen Rekkor
Beatrice. (Drama) Original music and sounddesign by Ardo Ran Varres. Theatre Vanemuine
A romance about the future by Siret Campbell
Beatrice looks at the future, using an engrossing format to examine the lives of people several decades from now at a time when technological progress has given humankind new and more beneficial possibilities for everyday life and entertainment. Who wouldn’t want to live a better, more multifaceted and longer life? Immortality is something that has been sought since the dawn of time. Can technology develop an elixir that banishes our greatest fear and obstacle to enjoying life?
The characters in this play aren’t inventors or superheroes – they don’t travel to undiscovered planets or own laser weapons. Tom and Kristi are ordinary people who try to live their lives and love each other. When they lose it all, there’s still a way to get it all back. Beatrice shows up and life can go on. However, the new life is something unprecedented and it isn’t that easy to cope with it.
Director Ain Mäeots
Scenographer and costume designer Maarja Meeru
Composer and musical designer Ardo Ran Varres
Video designer and visual electronic solutions Emer Värk
Lighting designer Meelis Lusmägi
Coreographer Britt Kõrsmaa
In roles Priit Strandberg, Marian Heinat, Kärt Tammjärv, Veiko Porkanen, Linda Kolde, Karol Kuntsel, Silver Kaljula (Must Kast), Liina Tennosaar, Nora Ann Lunge or Eliise Mustkivi
Incidental music. VAT Theatre, historical play "Sirk's Estonia"
It could have gone differently
EV100 theatre project „Story of the century”: co-production of National Library, labyrinth theatre group G9 and VAT Theatre
CD New Estonian Chamber Music
Vesik, Eespere, Kõrvits, Tulve, Tally, Varres, Maltis, Kõrver Estonian Music Information Centre 2017
Ardo Ran Varres (1974) The Field Of Now [Praegu-väli]
Ardo Ran Varres plays in The Name of the Rose
Role: Ubertino of Casale
Director Tanel Jonas. Theatre Vanemuine.
Premiere 13 July 2017 in the ruins of the Tartu Cathedral
Photos: Heikki Leis
Original music for the play It`s Not Time For Making Love
Premiere 5th of July at Kolga Manor
Director: Damir Salimsjanov (Udmurtia)
Original music for TV-documentary "A Moment in History" (40 series)
Estonian Public Broadcasting
Director: A. Lepasar Author: R. Jõerand
Symphony for One. Allegro con moto / Tartu Uus Teater. Premiere 21 of April
Ardo Ran Varres showcase at Tallinn Music Week
Klassikaraadio Contemporary Music Stage feat. C3 Festival
Originaalmuusika lavastusele MISTER GREEN, VAT teatris.
Eestis on harukordselt palju metsa, aga sellegipoolest on see inimestele ajapikku võõraks ja isegi hirmutavaks paigaks muutunud. Tundmatusse rohelusse sattudes tunneb moodne inimene end õige pea üksikuna ja eksinuna. Ei oska ta enam märgata taimede hääletuid toimetusi ega sedagi, millise hämmastava võrgustiku, world wide woodi, üks mets on üles ehitanud. Oleks vaid võimalik seda kuidagimoodi näha ja mõista!
Väga kiiresti peab need trikid selgeks õppima Marco, kes eksib saatuse tahtel metsasügavusse ning peab seal üle elama pelutava öö. Kodust jõudis ta kaasa haarata vaid kiiresti tühjeneva mobiili ja kalli potitaime. Marco mõistab, et ellujäämiseks on tal vaja tugevamaid abilisi. Kuidas aga võita puid enda poolele? Kas nende keelt on võimalik kuidagi kõneleda? Ja kas ta saab ikka lõpuni kindel olla, et puud ei suhtu hoopis temasse kui sissetungijasse?
Lavastaja Helen Rekkor („Üle vee” ja „Süüria rahvalood” Vabal Laval, „See kõik on tema” Rakvere Teatris) loob VAT Teatri laval visuaalselt haarava keskkonna, paiga, kus Marco digitaalne maailm ja looduse müstiline reaalsus omavahel lootusetult segamini lähevad.
Idee autorid ja dramaturgid: Mihkel Seeder, Giuditta Mingucci (teater Elsinor, Itaalia)
CD They Went And Planted...an overview at Classical Radio
New CD released. They Went And Planted...
Original music for shadow play: The Star-Child by Oscar Wilde
Director: Leino Rei
Ardo Ran Varres interviews mr. Heiner Goebbels
Tallinn Music High School 55. Concert 12th of November
Composers: Tiina Kiilaspea, Lea Gabral, Mati Kuulberg, Tarmo Lepik, Lepo Sumera, René Eespere,
Original music for drama The Linden Tree
Drama by John B. Priestley
The novels and plays of the classic British writer and playwright J. B. Priestley (1894-1984) has long been known in the Estonian cultural sphere as well. The author’s works were most recently on the stage of the Vanemuine in 1991, when Jaan Tooming produced his play I Have Been Here Before. The Linden Tree is one of Priestley’s later works (1947) and is being performed in Estonia for the first time.
Premiere 01.10.2016 at the Vanemuine Small Building
Director Peeter Raudsepp
Music design for exhibition "Question of Faith". Voronja gallery 2016
Exhibition by Sandra Jõgeva
Photos: Ruudu Rahumaru
Incidental music. "Katarina mõrsjalinik. Risti ja kivi tee" Emajõe Suveteater, Tartu.
Hums of Tallinn. Premiere in Wrocław, Poland.
Sound portrait of Tallinn offers insights to different places, ages, people. Compositions based on sounds that are recorded in Tallinn, inherit from years 1999–2016.
Program introduces Tallinn through diverse places: hospitals, churches of old town, cafes, ports, parks. These are the places where people of different ages, in different times have socialized with each other and themselves.
City’s hums, bongs, beats, rustles have become the source of Estonian composers’ pieces. Through different composers’ eyes the pieces are an insight into a person, literally and figuratively.
Lepo Sumera (1950–2000) Südameasjad / Heart affairs (1999) – excerpt I
Marianna Liik (1992) Sissevaated aega ja ruumi / Insights to time and space (2016) **
Ekke Västrik (1988) Contact with Tallinn (2016) **
Lepo Sumera (1950–2000) Südameasjad / Heart affairs (1999) – excerpt II
Ardo Ran Varres (1974) Tallinna suminad / Hums of Tallinn (2016) **
Lepo Sumera (1950–2000) Südameasjad / Heart affairs (1999) – excerpt III
Margo Kõlar (1961) Beebisümfoonia / Baby Symphony (2015) – excerpt
Margo Kõlar (1961) Tornikellade laul / Song of Tower Bells (2011)
Lepo Sumera (1950–2000) Südameasjad / Heart affairs (1999) – excerpt IV
They Went and Planted...Photos by Gabriela Liivamägi
Estonian Authors Society prize for original music in theatre 2016: Krabat. (Tallinn Town Theatre) Original music Ardo Ran Varres
Good Theatre prize 2016
They Went and Planted the Seeds of Shadows Because the Light Started to Sprout
A staged serenade in one act for texts by Artur Alliksaar
First public event at Black Box Studio. (Rohuneeme tee 1/7, Viimsi))
World premiere: 9.apr. 2016
They Went and Planted the Seeds of Shadows Because the Light Started to Sprout is a theatre piece of music and light inspired by the night with its ntightmares, visions, delusions, shadows, colours, fears, sleepwalking and sleep talking, discovery of new worlds, letting go of the old, desire for renewal and awakening. Sleep unites us. We are all equal in sleep. During the night we are forming a community: a sleep community. At night the endless corridors of our subconsciousness process what we saw and heard during the day. There are two things certain in life: sleep and death.
The composer and the director have selected poems about the night by Artur Alliksaar. His metaphorical, playful use of the Estonian language is extremely musical and inspirational. In Alliksaar’s texts, the sound associations and sound symbolism are in the foreground and his poetry has been characterized as having “the sonic primacy.”
They Went and Planted the Seeds of Shadows Because the Light Started to Sprout is not an opera. It is a stream of dream-like, freely structured scenes that begins in the evening and ends at dawn. What is happening to us when we are not awake? Are we all connected as an invisible community or do we completely disconnect from each other and wander into infinite loneliness?
They Went and Planted the Seeds of Shadows Because the Light Started to Sprout is an hour-long concert-performance of sound and lights, shadows, shades, and light flashes. The lighting design is an integral part of the work, which will be performed by seven instrumentalists and two singers.
In collaboration with YXUS Ensemble
Ardo Ran Varres (composer)
Liis Kolle (stage director)
Oliver Kulpsoo (lighting designer)
Reili Evart (costume designer)
Tammo Sumera (sound engineer)
Jaanika Kilgi (soprano)
Taniel Kirikal (baritone/countertenor)
Mihkel Peäske (flute / bass flute)
Toomas Vavilov (clarinet / bass clarinet)
Peeter Sarapuu (bassoon / contra bassoon)
Harry Traksmann (violin)
Laur Eensalu (viola)
Leho Karin (cello, artistic director)
Madis Metsamart (percussion)
Lightfestival at Tõravere Observatory.
Ardo Ran composed original music and made sounddesign for the Lightfestival (end of october 2015)
Director: Jaan Ulst
Original music for TV-drama "The Black Widows"
Director: A. Puustusmaa
Original music for the play EKKE MOOR by A. Gailit
Director: Aare Toikka
Design: Iir Hermeliin
Music: Ardo Ran Varres
Choreographer: Kristjan Rohioja
The production is a collaboration between Estonian Academy of Music and Drama, Kuressaare City Theatre and VAT Theatre.
Premiere: July 30, 2015 in Kuressaare Sadamaait
Performances in Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Tallinn) take place in October and November 2015.
Music design for the play LIBAHUNT (The Werewolf) by A. Kitzberg
Director Sergey Potapov (Sahha republik. Jakutia)
Set-Design Ervin Õunapuu
Music design Ardo Ran Varres
Light design Priidu Adlas
Actors: Kristiina Hortensia Port, Liisa Pulk, Martin Kõiv, Ivo Uukkivi, Kristo Viiding, Mari Lill, Piret Simson
Produced by NGO R.A.A.A.M
Cymatics and live-music
Duo Toivo Sõmer and Ardo Ran Varres. "Helimustrid"
Overture "Citizens of the Republic" world premiere
Performed by Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Conducted by Risto Joost
Original music for the play Krabat. Tallinn City Theatre
Krabat by O. Preussler. Directed by D. Leesalu
Premiere: 31 of January 2015
“Krabat” is a play for grown-ups who love magic, adventures and fairy tales, as well as for the younger viewers. Because of certain sombre elements it is not advisable for children under seven years of age.
Photo: Siim Vahur
Video: Bassclarinet Concerto premiere
Meelis Vind, Mikk Murdvee and Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta plays Ardo Ran's Bassclarinet Concerto "Awakening Bell"
Undiscovered Soundscapes. Showcase of Estonian Composers
Ardo`s music was played in a Showcase of Estonian (filmmusic) composers.
Original music for the silent-film Bear Hunt in Pärnumaa
Composition competition third place winner
Opening of the Vaba Lava Venue. Friday, 19. Sept. 2014
Circle Mirror Transformation, Written by Annie Baker, Directed by Adrian Giurgea, Composer Ardo Ran Varres, Produced by NGO R.A.A.A.M.
Original music for new documentary
Ardo Ran composed music for documentary "The Sun is a good Child"
Film by mr. Vahur Laiapea
Bass Clarinet Concerto
Fri, July 11th at 7 pm St John’s church Tartu, Estonia
New Clarinet duo premiered
Original music for new documentary The Gold Spinners
The Gold Spinners tells the story of the birth, glory and downfall of a peculiar, invisible and mighty business empire. It's a story of the film studio Eesti Reklaamfilm – the only enterprise producing commercials in the Soviet Union. It might have been born in the head of one man, but during its heyday the studio provided employment for hundreds of people and its clips won over millions. And all this in the 'socialist empire', under the conditions of planned economy and universal lack of everything. With no actual goods to advertise, marketing rules did not apply and even the word advertisement sounded almost as horrible as 'the CIA', 'the saxophone' or 'Coca-Cola' to the thousands of concerned officials.
Kristo Kampus has made a video from the festival Ankunft: Neue Musik
Ardo Ran`s compositions for cello and electronics will be performed in Berlin 7. of Sept. 2013 starting at 19:30
Festival for new music
Ankunft: Neue Musik
Force Majeure (for cello and phonogram 2012) at Estonian Composers Festival, tuesday 4. of June
Ardo Ran`s composition Force Majeure will be performed at St John`s Church, Tartu, tuesd. 4. of June, 21.00
Aare Tammesalu cello http://www.tammesalu.com
Ardo Ran Varres phonogram
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Yxus Ensemble performs Berlin Hauptbahnhof by Ardo Ran Varres
Original music for feature film A Friend Of Mine. (Exitfilm 2011)