The Skaņu Mežs festival from Riga is offering 4 concerts that represent various strands of Latvian new music. One of the most talented young guitarists in the country Edgars Rubenis
will open the night with a dense set of improvised music with the aspiring jazz drummer Ivars Arutjunjans. Mārtiņš Roķis
will engage the audience with architecturally structured digital music. Afterwards the Iranian musician Sohrab
will present isolationist ambient drone on the invitation of the Musikprotokoll festival in Graz. This will be followed by two sets of more dance-oriented Latvian musicians – Dunian
who plays abstract, highly-atmospheric and chilled-out beats and Kodek
with his own highly entertaining private genre – shitcore.
21:00 - doors open
22:00 - Edgars Rubenis
22:50 - Mārtiņš Rokis
23:30 - Sohrab
00:40 - Dunian
01:30 - Kodek
The Skaņu Mežs/ Sound Forest Festival for Adventurous Music aimes to cultivate an international environment for new music in Riga, Latvia. It also seeks to motivate young people to stretch the limits of their musical imagination, to free themselves from the inertia of set stereotypes, and to disregard such usual considerations as commercial success, fame and fortune. Although the festival’s innovative performances may have some elements of both pop and academic music, they don’t quite fit into either genre.
Musikprotokoll im Steirischen Herbst was founded in 1968 and is organized annually by ORF (Austrian Broadcasting). It is a coproduction of its two stations, Radio Österreich 1 and Radio Steiermark, which broadcast the presented works in cooperation with the Steirischer Herbst festival. From orchestral music with the ORF Radio Symphonieorchester Wien to chamber music, from live performances to sound installations, Musikprotokoll highlights a wide range of intriguingly heterogeneous forms and genres and presents works that are for the most part developed and produced specifically for the festival. Dedicated to contemporary and experimental music and intermedia activities, the Musikprotokoll program features outstanding protagonists of current artistic trends and throughout the festival’s long history has always placed Austrian positions in an international context.