“Amber Route” Project Presents 12 World Premieres

“Amber Route” Project Presents 12 World Premieres
Publicity photo . State Choir “Latvija”
On Tuesday, the 16th of September, twelve new works will have their premieres in a concert by the State Choir “Latvija” at the Latvian National Library, Ziedonis Hall, as part of the “Riga 2014” Programme project “Amber Route”.

During the project, contemporary poetry by poets from twelve European countries was put to music by twelve Latvian composers. A presentation of the album/poetry collection “Amber Route” will be held during the concert – it includes all twelve songs as well as poems read in the original language and their translations in Latvian. Director – Varis Klausītājs. The concert and the release of the new album are among the most important events on the “Riga 2014” Programme.

Twelve poets were commissioned by the “Amber Route” project to write poetry about the importance of amber in the culture and history of their countries. The poets come from twelve different countries that were formerly traversed by the Amber Road. Twelve Latvian composers then wrote music with lyrics provided by the twelve poets, and the twelve new songs will be now performed by the State Choir “Latvija”.

One of the most talented young poets in Latvia, Kārlis Vērdiņš represents Latvia in the project – his poem has been set to music by the world-famous Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Also contributing to the project are poets Donatas Petrošius of Lithuania, Dragana Tripković from Montenegro, Angeliki Dimouli from Greece, Efe Duyan from Turkey, Tadeusz Dąbrowski from Poland, Petr Borkovec from the Czech Republic, Tiziana Colusso from Italy, Dénes Krusovszky from Hungary, Andrei Senkov from Russia, Ostap Slywynsky from Ukraine, and Wolfgang Herrmann from Austria. In addition to the said Ēriks Ešenvalds, the other composers participating in the project are Mārtiņš Viļums, Juris Ābols, Gundega Šmite, Jānis Aišpurs, Jēkabs Jančevskis, Juris Vaivods, Imants Zemzaris, Raimonds Tiguls, Georgs Pelēcis, Līga Celma and Selga Mence.

The concert is free, by invitation available from the Latvian National Library’s reception desk on the 16th of September from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Poetry Days were first held in Latvia on the 100th anniversary of Rainis, at the moment the Poetry Days is the only literature and poetry festival in Latvia. The uplifting tradition is also acknowledged by foreign poets, many of which participate in the festival as guest artists.

The State Choir “Latvija” is one of the most internationally reputed choirs in Latvia. It has collaborated with the world’s leading symphony orchestras and conductors, and performed in many of the twelve countries that are represented in the “Amber Route” project.

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