'Old Nasuk and the Flying Song'

'Old Nasuk and the Flying Song'

By American Public Media

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What happens when an old man discovers a love for singing after a magical flying boat takes him on a journey of self-discovery? See what musical surprises await in the latest YourClassical Storytime episode, Old Nasuk and the Flying Song, an Inuit folk tale that features traditional Inuit throat singing and enchanting music by Claude Debussy, with John Nasukaluk Clare as the guest storyteller and original art by Xee Reiter!(See more of her illustrations in the gallery.)

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Our telling of Old Nasuk and the Flying Song includes excerpts from the following work:

Claude Debussy:

Images for Orchestra: No. 1 Gigues
Jun Markl, conductor
Lyon National Orchestra

Nocturnes (Nuages, Fêtes, Sirenes)
Ernest Ansermet, conductor
Suisse Romande Orchestra

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

Jean Oqhena / Frank Kuptana

‘Three connected songs’

‘The song floats up within me’

Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways

Donald James Ross

Throat Singing


Storyteller: John Nasukaluk Clare

Adaptation: Valerie Kahler

Illustrations: Xee Reiter

Producer: Valerie Kahler

Digital producer: Jeffrey Yelverton

Senior digital producer: Randy Salas

Program director: Julie Amacher


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