About us

Skaņu Mežs is a festival for adventurous (innovative, experimental, avant-garde, etc.) music. It happens in Riga, Latvia since 2003.
The festival usually happens in the beginning of October, whereas one-off events by Skaņu Mežs happen more often.

Seeing as all forms of modern music have an experimental dimension, there is always a wide variety of musical genres represented at the festival – from electro-acoustic music, free improvisation, contemporary composition and noise to interesting shifts in dance music, hip-hop and rock or metal.

Skaņu Mežs is a member of festival network ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound) and a co-founder of the SHAPE platform as well as one of its two coordinators. SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art is supported by the „Creative Europe” programme of the EU.

Among many others, Skaņu Mežs has presented Autechre, Merzbow, Swans, Liars, Blixa Bargeld, Battles, Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry, Roscoe Mitchell, Christian Wolff, Francois Bayle, Wadada Leo Smith, Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, James Holden, Zebra Katz, Shabazz Palaces, Evan Parker, AMM, Peter Brötzmann and Lustmord.

3 thoughts on “About us

  1. Dear Skaņu Mežs

    I’m emailing to let you know of a new performance project which I’m planning to tour in 2015 and beyond as it develops and which might be of interest to you in future programming. Having closely followed your festival events I think my work would fit very well within your programming as my aim is to provide innovative and original work which is nonetheless accessible. I believe my work would engage successfully with your audiences.

    Details can be on my personal site here: http://www.wyness.org/mysite/live.html

    My working statement is here: http://www.wyness.org/

    best wishes

    James Wyness


  2. Hi Skaņu ! I read a comment about newsletter… have you got any ? I didn’t find where and how to subscibe. Could you add me please if there is one ?

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