The concert series “Skaņu Mežs’ commissioned works for Latvia’s Centenary” is comprised of three concerts of first performances of pieces from a selection of avantgarde genres (free improvisation, contemporary music, and electroaccoustic music). Iannis Xenakis’ epic electronic composition, ”Persepolis,” which was created for the 1971 Shiraz Arts Festival in Iran in honor of the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire, is the inspiration for this way of marking the upcoming centennial. The innovativeness of ”Persepolis” still serves as a reminder of this event and country. Each of the three new works from this project will be performed in a different Latvian city – Jelgava, Liepāja and Daugavpils.
The first event of this project, the collaboration between Peter Evans (trumpet, USA) and Sofia Jernberg (vocals, Ethiopia/Norway), has already taken place. A video of the performance can be seen on this homepage.
The second and third events in the concert series will be announced shortly.
This project has received support from the program ”Latvia – 100” of the State Culture Capital Foundation and the municipality of Liepaja.