The festival produced and organized by the Latvian Composers' Union will take place for the tenth time this year, from March 1 to 6, in online concerts from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius concert halls. Within the framework of the festival, thirteen premieres of Latvian composers will be given.
Compositions by Mārtiņš Viļums, Linda Leimane, Anna Ķirse, Madara Pētersone, Oskars Herliņš, Armands Skuķis, Platons Buravickis, Sabīne Ķezbere and others will be performed by well-known Latvian musicians - chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Riga, Sinfonietta Riga String Quartet, vocal group “Birds”, saxophone quartet Atomos and ensembles from Estonia and Lithuania - “Ensemble U:” and “Twenty Fingers Duo”.
The creation of music and its flow from a performer to the listener can be metaphorically paralleled to the way an electric impulse flows through the wires. In our opinion, high-quality music is a great conductor that transfers energy. Ideas and stories can travel from opus to opus and they do it both ways what is the most important part. People tend to say that modern composers are constantly en-shadowed by the great masters of the old.
The festival "Latvian New Music Days 2021" invites you to look at this assumption from a different angle for contemporary music not only links the music with contemporary times but is also an infinite collaboration - a wire connection - between the sound buildings and generations of musicians. This year the concerts of the festival are named foot concerts. Since it is possible to watch the concerts anywhere, the best places to listen to them is suggested by the composers themselves. Two types of foot concert subscriptions are on offer for the festival, one is for oneself - a pass for two legs or to be one with two friends - for six legs. Recommendations of best places for listening to the concerts will be published in cooperation with the Internet journal Satori.
The core of the festival "Latvian New Music Days 2021" is built around several concert programs that each focus on a magistral opus of the 20th century that has changed the paths of development of music – "Piano Phase" by Steve Reich, "Second String quartet" by György Ligeti and "Vortex Temporum" by Gerard Grisey. These masterpieces have been the source of inspiration for the new works of Latvian composers who contextualize, reflect, and meditate on the poetic and technological aspects of those pieces. In our opinion, high-quality music is a great conductor that transfers energy. Ideas and stories can travel from opus to opus and most importantly, they do so in both directions.
Tickets and Festival Passes to the online events - https://ej.uz/muzikasdienas
The festival is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation, Latvian Radio 3 "Klasika", Riga Latvian Society and the Internet journal "Satori".
The concert of Ensemble U: is supported by Estonian Ministry of Culture.