The myth of Orpheus, who hailed the gods with the power of music, has remained one of the greatest myths throughout many centuries of history. The musicians on the RMS Titanic, who played the music until the very end, thus (possibly) helping more than 2000 souls on the sinking steamer, became a global myth of our time. Evergreen was inspired by a grand moment, when the transcendent nature of the music rebuffed the crush of the indifferent fate.
Confronted with the inevitable death, the musicians played under the most demanding circumstances – at the very moment when the noisily demolishing gigantic mechanical structure was swallowed by the raging, uncompromising ocean. Their music thus became a manner of taking control amidst the chaos and unknown by preserving hope and embracing the inevitable – death. That was an extreme trial, a way to deceive death, even if only for a few moments. For these musicians the music was the last rites, shortly fulfilled by death. It was the culmination of the ceremony. We are looking for the occasions like these, for a transcendent experience, for something to move us deeply and allow us - at least for a brief moment of time -, to exceed our limits. It is in such instants that we seem to live fuller than usual, push things to the edge and identify ourselves with the entire mankind. The musicians’ last minutes of playing are therefore the emblem of what the music really is about – the spiritual relation with something greater than ourselves and mutual human connectedness.
Although the concept of the story about the musicians seems exciting, the performance refers to it only loosely. The happening that revolves around the musicians rather resembles a translucent curtain, behind which the audience - while perceiving the events on the RMS Titanic -, stay well aware of the fact that what they are watching is “neither the right time, nor the place of action”
What Evergreen actually tries to catch through the music are the lost moments in time, the intimate feelings/sounds of those final seconds, the horror, the oblivion, the generosity, the courage, the fear, the faith, the mysterious power of music ... and to bestow the sound with the power of immortality. Carried by the sounds is their narrative of what happens to the music when it slips through the deep-sea density and creates new acoustic qualities. Resounding through the music are faith and beauty, the same way as the music may have sounded in those unprecedented times of pressure, in that unexpected human drama, in that vast, waving darkness.