The performance of the duet KTL previously announced at the unaccustomed music festival “Skaņu mežs 2020” has been canceled due to practical obstacles related to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it will be replaced by three other performances, the organizers inform the portal “Delfi”.
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The festival will feature a duo of KTL member Peter Rehberg with musician Nik Colk Void from the group “Factory Floor”, Egyptian singer Nadah El Shazly, as well as saxophonists Luda Mockuna and Arvud Mockuna. Kazlauska (Arvydas Kazlauskas) duo.
Peter Reberg, also known as Pete, is a composer and publisher of experimental electronic music, the founder of the prominent Austrian publishing house Editions Mego. Tiny Mix Tapes has described Edtions Mego as “one of the most important experimental music publishers of our time”.
According to the organizers of “Skaņu meža”, Reberg’s early solo recordings “Get Out” and “Get Down” with their “abstract but playful form” marked the beginning of a new era of computer music and inspired a number of artists who organized around Editions Mego and others in this published a style of electronic music that could be both abstract, sometimes cold and influenced by academic electronic music – especially Iannis Xenakis or a French studio GRM composer – as well as able to interact with pop culture and address listeners. “
NPVR is Reberg’s duo with Nik Colk Void, a member of the post-industrial music group Factory Floor. The duo’s debut album “33 33” was released in 2017. The duo describes their work as an experience of “pragmatic imbalance and psychedelic orientation”, and its music is created both by the aesthetics of computer music typical of Reberg and by experiments with analogous electronic instruments, including modular synthesizers, initiated by Kolka Voida.
Nadah El Shazly is an Egyptian singer living in Cairo, described by Little Village magazine as “a significant voice in the booming North African experimental music scene.”
In 2017, her debut album “Ahnwar” was released, which the media called “The Quietus” “a perfect, uplifting combination of traditional Egyptian music with experimental arrangements”. Critic Joseph Barnett also added in this review that the singer’s voice is “uniquely captivating even in the wildest moments of the recording.” The Wire, for its part, has included this record in its list of the 50 best music tracks of 2017; In July 2018, Nada El Shazli was already on the cover of this magazine.
The musician herself claims that she is engaged in music, because doing what gives her such real pleasure is a way to maintain common sense and fight against the relatively conservative “unwritten laws” that prevail in the Egyptian music world. This concert takes place in the project “Reiman”, which explores the influence of other cultures in the music of the western avant-garde.
In cooperation with the Latvian jazz publishing house “Jersika Records”, “Skaņu mežs” will also host a concert concert of saxophonists Luda Mockūnas and Arvydas Kazlauskas’ duo album “At the Peat Amphitheater” Solstice “”.
The recording session of this album took place for two days in Drabiņi bog, Jelgava region, and it will be released in the beginning of 2021. Lud Mockun is one of the leading Lithuanian fridge jazz musicians and has played with such great masters of this genre as Barry Guy, William Hooker and Agustí Fernández.
Arvīds Kazlausks is a Lithuanian saxophonist living in Latvia, who is considered to be a significant personality of the Latvian contemporary music scene. As a soloist, Kazlausks has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, the State Chamber Orchestra “Sinfonietta Riga”, the Professional Wind Orchestra Riga and the Orchestra “Sinfonia Concertante”, and has given premieres to Rolandas Kronlak and Andris Leimis, among others. This is one of Kazlauska’s two concerts in “Skaņu mežā’2020” – on the evening of October 2, he will perform together with the ensemble “Woodpecker Project” led by Dzenītis.
It has already been reported that the concert evenings of the festival “Skaņu mežs” will take place this year on October 9 and 10 at the “Hanseatic platform”. Both day concerts will begin at 6 p.m. As always, the festival will be opened by a free concert, which will take place this year on October 2 at 20.00 in the event hall “Fantadroms” in Jauna Teika.
The festival program will be complemented by master classes, which will take place on October 2 and 9 in the LMT Chamber Hall of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. They will be conducted by André Vida, an American-Hungarian saxophonist, Jason Kahn, an American free improvisation drummer living in Switzerland, and Radu Malfati, a member of the Austrian Wombelweiser School of Composers.
More about the “Sound Forest” program – on the festival website.