On Saturday, September 18, the 7th International Festival “Cello Cēsis” will start in the concert hall “Cēsis” with an ambient and electronic music program, the representatives of the concert hall informed. This year, listeners will have the opportunity to enjoy programs specially designed for the festival in a wide range of musical genres, bringing together musicians from Argentina, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Latvia.
Traditionally, the concert hall “Cēsis” starts its new season with its own and cherished festival “Čello Cēsis”, and this autumn the cello music festival will not be missed and four concerts and other events will take place on two weekends from September 18 to September 26.
The aim of the festival is to discover a new cello sound, versatility and repertoire of the musical instrument for its listeners, creating both classical and completely unusual programs.
This year, the opening evening of the festival is dedicated to new searches on September 18, when the concert “Cello Cēsis Ambient” will take place.
Three sets or three programs in one evening will reflect different genres and directions of music, marking a different cello sound space each time. As the organizers noted, “in a way, this concert continues the cycle of the permanent repertoire of the concert hall” Cēsis “” Ambiente stage “, which over the years has already attracted a reliable circle of listeners.”
“Cello Cēsis Ambient” evening will be opened by one of the artists of this year’s residence, cellist Margarita Balanas with a new concert program “1920”, the concept of which was created in collaboration with Scottish composer Lucie Treacher and will premiere the new work “Portals”. “Cello Cesis”. Alongside – a suite for cello by the French jazz composer Claude Bolling, inspired by the work of Johann Sebastian Bach, and a jazz trio in which jazz is intertwined with classical music. Daria Ioana Tudor (piano), Rūdolfs Dankfelds (percussion) and Oskars Bokanovs (double bass) will join the stage cellist Margarita Balanas. Composer Lucia Trichere will also take part in the concert.
Moods of minimalism, electronics and acoustic music are expected in tandem with Argentine-born Berlin-based cellist and composer Sebastian Plano and British pianist and composer Thomas Adams. The listeners got to know both musicians in Cēsis already in 2019, when they performed solo programs in the stage of the concert hall Ambiente stage. The collaboration between the artists began several years ago, when Plano worked as a producer on the recording of Adams’ album. The joint project of musicians TAER will be performed at the festival “Cello Cēsis”. “Multi-instrumental, atmospheric, intimate and lyrical,” is how the sound of this evening’s cello is described by the festival organizers.
The evening will end with the latest concert program of the Polish composer, cellist and independent music scene Resina in collaboration with percussion master Mateusz Rychlicki. After graduating from the Gdańsk Academy of Music, Resina has chosen her musical path in an alternative direction. The organizers of the festival describe the sound of her compositions as experimental, unpredictable and full of intense, emotionally resonant vibrations: “Cello, sound loops, electronics, percussion and Resina’s vocals – all both for improvisation.
In the evening before the opening of the 7th International Festival “Cello Cēsis”, on Friday, September 17, at 20.30, the concert hall “Cēsis” invites to an informal opening event in the art space “Mala”, where you will share your favorite music and evening DJs will be “Cello Cēsis Ambient ”Artists. Participation in the event is free of charge upon presentation of an interoperable Covid-19 vaccination or disease certificate.
In the second performance of the festival, which is expected from September 24 to 26, the organizers promise the audience “classical values, a touch of world music, the vitality of jazz and a passion for improvisation.”
On Friday, September 24, Latvian cellist Kristaps Bergs and Russian conductor Maksims Jemeļjaničevs will meet at the Cello Cēsis concert “LNSO and Dvorak’s Cello Concerto”. In addition to Dvorak’s music, the concert will also feature Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony. The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra will glorify the sounds of both musical masterpieces.
On Saturday evening, September 25, the special guest of the festival will be the Italian cellist, composer Giovanni Solima with the solo program “(UN) TRADITIONAL”. He is known for creating masterpieces of classical music and rock hits with original arrangements for his instrument – the cello, programs combining baroque and hand, ethno and self-created compositions. This peculiar view of Giovanni Sollima’s music will also be experienced at the festival’s concert in Cēsis, which will feature both Bach and Stravinsky’s compositions, Italian folk melodies and Jimi Hendrix’s hits for cello.
The closing program of the festival, on Sunday, September 26, was made in cooperation with the Latvian Radio Big Band. Two soloists will perform on the stage – Margarita Balanas will perform the Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra written by the eccentric Austrian composer Friedrich Gulda in 1980, while Swedish double bassist and cellist Lars Danielson will allow himself to improvise in
The VII International Festival “Cello Cēsis” is supported by the Vasts Cultural Capital Foundation and Cēsis Municipality.
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