British Composer James Clarke’s Concert

British Composer James Clarke’s Concert
Publicity photo . James Clarke
17-09-2014 Latviski A+ A-
The Latvian National Library will host a concert of music by the British composer, pianist and artist James Clarke on Tuesday, the 23rd of September, at 7 p.m., in the presence of the composer himself. The concert is part of a series of “Riga 2014” events that mark the 111th birthday of the outstanding artist Mark Rothko.

A chamber orchestra set up specifically for the concert, conducted by Mārtiņš Ozoliņš, will perform James Clarke’s opus “Untitled no.1”, which had its premiere during the Klangforum Wien 2007 and is closely associated with Mark Rothko’s art, and Clarke’s new composition, “2014-N” – composed for this very occasion, will have its premiere during the concert. In describing the programme of the concert, the composer emphasises that he wishes music to speak for itself and tries to avoid descriptive categories, including in titles of his compositions. The concert will be opened by the composer’s introductory remarks.

James Clarke was born in London in 1957. He studied composition at Southampton University and City University London, after that he studied with Finnish composer Usko Meriläinen. He has been visiting professor in a number of countries, including Azerbaijan, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Germany and others. James Clarke’s works have been performed in many countries in Europe and other parts of the world. James Clarke is not only a composer but also a painter, composing music as vibrant as the paintings he creates or artworks that inspire him. More information about James Clarke is available at the artist’s website.

The concert in Ziedonis Hall of the Latvian National Library on the 23rd of September is a free of charge, invitation-based event. The invitations are available from the 19th of September at the Latvian National Library’s reception desk from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on workdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, as well as on the concert day. The registered participants in the conference “Abstract Expressionism – The Language of Emotions” will receive free invitations at the conference’s reception.

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