The 14th edition of the Skaņu Mežs festival for adventurous music will happen on October 13-16 as well as November 12. Its programme will consist of 22 performances, and their length will vary from 15 minutes to 5 hours.
The festival will be launched with a special free entry event at the Art Museum Riga Bourse on October 13: contemporary music pianist R. Andrew Lee will perform Dennis Johnson’s five hour long composition „November”.
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The concert nights of October 14 and 15 will both take place at the music hall „Daile”, and will feature performances by King Midas Sound + Fennesz, Michael Finnissy, Vatican Shadow, Zebra Katz, Tropic of Cancer, Roger Turner and many others, including artists of the Skaņu Mežs co-founded SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art: Klara Lewis, Peder Mannerfelt, Killing Sound and M.E.S.H.
On October 16, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Riga and with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Skaņu Mežs will organize a concert at the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre with the participation of M.E.S.H. and Thomas Lehn.
On November 12, after nearly a month-long break, the festival will return to the music hall „Daile”, concluding with performances by the WARP-signed electronic music innovators Autechre and noise musician and curator Russell Haswell, as well as Norwegian band Supersilent, and a DJ set by Andy Maddocks, founder of Skam Records.
A satellite event will also occur on October 13 at club Aristīds: the presentation of sound art platform Riga x Aarhus, as part of which six different artists will collaborate on compositions and improvisations. More info here.
Tickets to the festival can be purchased here: ticketservice.lv
The SHAPE platform, and all its artists playing at Skaņu Mežs are supported by the „Creative Europe” programme of the European Union.
The Skaņu Mežs festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, the Municipality of Riga, the Goethe-institut Riga, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Kulturkontakt Nord, US Embassy in Latvia, Danish Cultural Institute, as well as iRobot and Red Bull Music Academy.
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Full festival programme (exact line-up to follow):
November 12, 20:00, music house “Daile”
Autechre (Great Britain)
Russell Haswell (Great Britain)
Andy Maddocks (DJ set) (Great Britain)
October 13, 18:00, Art Museum Riga Bourse
R. Andrew Lee plays Dennis Johnson’s „November” (USA)
October 14, 20:00, music hall “Daile”
King Midas Sound + Fennesz (Great Britain/Austria)
Vatican Shadow (USA)
Charles Gayle, John Edwards, Roger Turner (USA, Great Britain)
ReDo play Santas Ratniece’s „Silsila” (Latvia)
Klara Lewis (Sweden)
Michael Finnissy (Great Britain)
Matīss Čudars (Latvia)
Mona De Bo (Latvia)
October 15, 20:00, music hall “Daile”
Tropic of Cancer (USA)
Zebra Katz (USA)
M.E.S.H. (USA, Germany)
Black Spirituals (USA)
Killing Sound (Great Britain)
Peder Mannerfelt (Sweden)
Roger Turner + Thomas Lehn (Great Britain, Germany)
October 16, 16:00, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center
M.E.S.H. (USA, Germany)
Thomas Lehn (Germany)