“Skaņu mežs” Festival for Adventurous Music This Weekend

“Skaņu mežs” Festival for Adventurous Music This Weekend
Publicity photo . “Einstürzende Neubauten” frontman Blixa Bargeld
The annual festival for adventurous music “Skaņu mežs” will be taking place at the “Daile” Music Hall on the 10th and 11th of October, this year the festival is part of the “Thirst for the Ocean” thematic line of the “Riga 2014” Programme.

The festival this year continues to explore latest or historically-important innovative music, with the emphasis on such phenomena as extreme computer music, free improvisation, electro-acoustics, experimental dance music, avant-garde pop, and audiovisual performances.

The latest edition of the festival will be characterised by a subtle balance between the electronic and the acoustic, both in the programme of the festival as well as within particular performances. This in order to defend the idea that progress and innovation in music depends foremost on bold ideas and flexible language, not just technology.

“Skaņu mežs” is a founding member of the European network of festivals E.C.A.S. (European Cities of Advanced Sound). The festival is recognised as the largest experimental and adventurous music event in the Baltic states.

Tickets cost EUR 20 per day or EUR 30 for both days.

The key performers at the “Skaņu mežs 2014” festival: vocalist and composer Blixa Bargeld, also known for being the frontman of the band “Einstürzende Neubauten”, who brings to the festival a vocal solo performance featuring multi-layered music consisting entirely of manipulated ad hoc recordings of his voice; a live presentation of impressive audiovisual piece “Lumière” by the German programmer and musician Robert Henke from “Monolake”; critics’ darling – experimental techno producer Andy Stott; singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler who is known for her eerie, captivating voice, and whose sixth solo album “July” was met with high critical acclaim; American free improvisation pioneer and composer Wadada Leo Smith, one of three finalists for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music; “Innode” – the electronic/acoustic project of musicians from “Radian”, “Elektro Guzzi” and “Pan American”; synth-pop duo “Xeno&Oaklander” from Brooklyn, and many others. “Gas of Latvia” and Martinez Gonzalez will represent Latvia at the festival.

The concert on the 10th of October starts at 8:30 p.m.

Order of performances
If, Bwana
Okkyung Lee
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Wadada Leo Smith, John Edwards, Mark Sanders
Marissa Nadler
Phil Minton & Audrey Chen
Insect Ark

The concert on the 11th of October starts at 8 p.m.

Order of performance
Blixa Bargeld solo vocal performance
Robert Henke (a.k.a Monolake) – Lumière
Gas of Latvia + Katrīna Neiburga
Andy Stott
Xeno & Oaklander

Hypnos a.k.a Martinez Gonzalez

Music Hall “Daile” is located at Kr. Barona iela 31


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