Skaņu Mežs’2014 review for The Wire

It feels like a cliche to describe a female cellist’s performance as graceful, but Okkyung Lee’s playing at the Dailes Theatre early Friday evening was built of grace notes in a precise musical sense. Great gusts of splintered appoggiaturas seemed to anticipate a textural resolution into a fully defined attack that was endlessly deferred, like… >>

Photo Gallery: Skaņu Mežs’2014 first evening.

Photographer Arnis Kalniņš captures moments with If Bwana, Okkyung Lee, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Wadada Leo Smith + John Edwards + Mark Sanders, Marissa Nadler, Phil Minton & Audrey Chen, Insect Ark.

SKAN II review for The Wire

Skan II is the second edition of a sound-focused art exhibition organised by Riga’s Skaņu Mežs festival – 2007 was the first. Split into three parts between May and August, it featured a rolling programme of numerous works by Latvian and international artists installed around the University of Latvia’s Botanical Gardens, both outside among the… >>

Blixa Bargeld to perform at Skaņu Mežs’2014

On October 11, 20:00, vocalist and composer Blixa Bargeld will visit the Skaņu Mežs festival for adventurous music and related arts in Riga, Latvia. Bargeld will present his solo vocal performance. He is also known for being the frontman of German band Einstürzende Neubauten and his work as a member of Nick Cave’s group The… >>

“RESONANCE 2010-2014″ … You liked the blog? Then you will love the book!

On the occasion of the completion of the RESONANCE project, you can now order the richly illustrated catalogue, documenting the sound art works that were commissioned by the network in the four years of its existence. The RESONANCE book contains, complete and unabridged, all the interviews with the participating artists, documenting their reflections about content… >>


Moscow media-artist, musician and engineer of strange-sounding mechanisms Dmitry Morozov created his project ::vtol::. Starting in mid 00s, Dmitry actively began using DIY and circuit-bent instruments for his own music projects, as well as making…

Skaņu Mežs festival announces full program for 2014

On October 10 and 11 the annual Skaņu Mežs Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts will take place at the Daile concert hall (Kr. Barona street 31) in Riga, Latvia. The 12th edition of Skaņu Mežs is a part of the official program of Riga being the European Capital of Culture 2014. It is… >>

Skaņu Mežs festival announces first round of artists for 2014

Skaņu Mežs, the annual festival of adventurous music and related arts, will take place in the „Daile” concert hall in Riga, Latvia, on October 10 and 11. In addition to the duo Xeno & Oaklander, whose participation has already been announced, the first round of artists has now been confirmed: singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler, electronic music… >>