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2006_ISCM - LATVIAN SECTION 

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Festivals - the centre of contemporary music promotion. 
The year 2006 in Latvia has been very fruitfull in the contemporary music field. Besides our main contemporary music festival Arena, other festivals - Introvert music festivalSacred Music FestivalSaxophonia and others, regularly commisions and includes in their programmes premieres of contemporary Latvian composers. 
The very essence of our contemporary musi - festival Arena has given a wide outlook in many genres of the newest Latvian music. Premieres of Latvian composers' (S.Ratniece, M.Vilums, P.Vasks, G.Smite) latest ompositions were given by the Latvian Radio Choir, that also took part in Tenso days (Berlin, Germany, 03.11 - 05.11), performing Latvian choir music as well as vocal compositions by H.Lachenmann, G.Ligeti and G.Scelsi. Sinfonietta Riga, led by conductor Normunds Sne, gave the premiere of the Horn concerto Stones and Veils by A. Dzenitis andComposition for clarinet, oboe and 11 strings by R.Kronlaks. In collaboration with the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy, festival Arena held electro - acoustical music workshop for composition students with composers from IRCAM - Y.Maresz and M.Lanza, whose works (also by J. Harvey) were also performed in an electro-acoustical music concert. In this concert Latvian music was presented by composer A.Dzenitis Woodpecker project - an electro - acoustical ensemble of composer/performer, where an aspect of improvisation takes an important part in the creation of music.The very special guests of the festival were the ensemble Court - circuit and M.Kagel' sMusik Fabrik.

The 3rd international composition workshop in Dundaga.
It is already possible to name it - a tradition. For the 3rd time the international composers workshop was held in an old castle of the small town in Latvia, gathering young composers from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany and Australia. By the workshop's director A.Dzenitis' initiative, the prominent composers - Rolf Wallin (Norway), Klass Torstensson (Sweden/Nethderlands) and John Woolrich (UK) were invited as lecturers for the workshop. The workshop's theme - Between intimate and global was revealed in the new compositions by participiants of the workshop for the outstanding, non-traditional Latvian ensemble Altera Veritas (2 kokles, flute and bajan), that specializes in contemporary music only. Music by the lecturers was presented in the final concert, performed by Riga Chamber Musicians, led by conductor N.Sne.

Latvian contemporary music in World concerthalls
Latvian contemporary music has been widely performed also abroad. The most intense concert life usually refers to the Latvian Radio Choir. That name is common in many programmes of prominent festivals throughough Europe - Klangspuren (in Austria), Time of Music (in Finland),Baltic Sea Festival (in Sweden), etc.. Besides compositions of the well known Latvian composer P.Vasks, the repertoire includes compositions of A.Dzenitis, S.Ratniece, E.Esenvalds, M.Vilums, J.Abols, G.Smite, as well as a classical repertoire of contemporary music - compositions by G.Ligeti, G.Scelsi, H.Holliger, V.Silvestrov and others. An important event of the Latvian Radio Choir international activities are Tenso days - the festival of Europian professional choirs, that held three meetings in 2006 - in France, Latvia and Germany. The main subjects in each meeting has been different, revealing different aspects of professional choir development - musicological research, conferences, concerts, workshops, etc.
Altera Veritas - our unique chamber music ensemble (mentioned before), has also had an intense concert life in Latvia as well as abroad - in Germany and Sweden. Besides the festival Latvian Music Days in Dortmund, Germany, the ensemble's concert was included in the programme of the festival KlangZeit in Munster. 
We can be really proud about the achievements of the youngest generation of Latvian composers. The Latvian Information Centre has released a promotional CD Winning Music, gathering all compositions from 2004, that won the International ROSTRUMs of Composers - M.Vilums composition has won in the general section of this prominent competition and E.Esenvalds (2006), S.Ratniece (2004) - in the section for composers up to 30 years of age. This CD also presents vocal-chamber composition Eight Madrigals by A.Dzenitis, which won the the 3rd Jurgenson International Competition for Young Composers in Moscow, 2006.
The contemporary music field in Latvia has taken a turn for long and fruitful development.

Gundega Smite,
Member of ISCM section

 

 

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