Photos from premiere of Dmitri Kourliandski’s Dolce Stil Nuovo

The second event of the concert series “Skaņu Mežs’ commissioned works for Latvia’s Centenary”, wherein the jubilee of Latvia is celebrated with new compositions from various genres of experimental and avant-garde music, took place at 7PM on July 7 in Liepāja at the chamber hall of concert hall Lielais dzintars. Russian composer Dmitri Kourliandski (Дмитрий… >>

Busdriver confirmed for Skaņu Mežs 2018

Alternative hip-hop artist Busdriver has been confirmed for the 16th edition of Skaņu Mežs festival, which will happen on October 12 and 13 in Riga, Latvia, at music house Daile. He will play on the first evening of the festival, and will present his new album „Electricity is on Our Side”, accompanied by drummer Darryl… >>

Bezirk has released Skaņu mežs’ co-produced album

A twisted reimagining of the liberating power of improvised music, Black Pelvic Fluids is the first recorded documentation of Latvian noise and roll collective 1/2H 1/2W (puseh pusew- pronounced puss-haa puss-vay). Until now the five-piece has existed purely as a live entity, one which improvises with an ever shifting array of instruments to deliver their… >>

Premiere of Skaņu Mežs’ commission: Dmitri Kourliandski’s „Dolce Stil Nuovo”

The second event of the concert series “Skaņu Mežs’ commissioned works for Latvia’s Centenary”, wherein the jubilee of Latvia is celebrated with new compositions from various genres of experimental and avant-garde music, will take place at 7PM on July 7 in Liepāja at the chamber hall of concert hall Lielais dzintars (http://lielaisdzintars.lv/en). Russian composer Dmitri… >>

Grouper to play at Skaņu Mežs 2018

Grouper, the experimental singer-songwriter project of Liz Harris, has been confirmed for the line-up of the second evening of Skaņu Mežs festival on October 13. Skaņu Mežs’ central concert evening will happen on October 12 and 13. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.bilesuserviss.lv/ As Grouper, Liz Harris combines aspects of ambient and dream pop into… >>

Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) & Mats Gustafsson (The Thing) to play Skaņu Mežs 2018

Guitarist Thurston Moore, more widely known as the co-founder, guitarist and vocalist of rock band Sonic Youth, and multi-intrumentalist Mats Gustafsson, known for such projects as The Thing, Fire! And various free improvisation groups, will play a duo show at the 16th edition of Skaņu Mežs festival in Riga, Latvia. The central dates of Skaņu… >>

SHAPE platform announces 2018 list of artists

The Creative Europe-supported SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art is announcing its 2018 list of artists. The artist selection for the platform’s fourth year traditionally places a number of audiovisual projects and sound artists alongside musical acts that range from post-grime and techno to free improvisation and acousmatic music. SHAPE is also happy… >>

Listen to radio interviews with Apeiron Crew, Lau Nau, Lisa Ullen and Natasha Barrett

During the end of 2016 and most of 2017 Skaņu Mežs Festival for adventurous music and art organized a concert series called ”Nordic Women in Experimental Music” with an aim to highlight cutting edge female musicians from Scandinavia both through interviews and performances. The field of experimental music is generally male dominated, while on the … >>

Saņu Mežs-released album by Oriole nominated for Austra Award

Beatmaker Oriole has been nominated for an Austra Award – Latvia’s equivalent of the Polaris Music Award or Mercury Prize – for his album “The Mushroom Music Vol. 4″, which has been released by Skaņu Mežs festival (Skaņu Mežs Recordings) and supported by SHAPE platform. The Austra Award is annually granted for outstanding albums, released in Latvia. Such criteria as genre,… >>