“Music for the Silent Film”

2016 October 6 Past event
1 h. 40 min.
10 €, 14 €

Event start: 6:30 pm

Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director Mindaugas Bačkus
Soloists: Vyacheslav Ganelin (piano, Lithuania / Israel), Arkadij Gotesman (percussion)

Programme: Vyacheslav Ganelin, Alfred Schnittke, Osvaldas Balakauskas, Alfred Hitchcock

The first half of this concert, according to the artistic director of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra Mindaugas Bačkus, “will acquaint the audience with the academic work of the world-famous jazz pianist and composer Vyacheslav Ganelin. In addition, the orchestra will be challenged to accompany the improvising soloist, following the fully notated score. Something that we have never done before and feel very excited about.” The orchestra will also share the stage with percussionist Arkady Gotesman. All together they will perform a version of Osvaldas Balakauskas’s Psalm for string orchestra, percussion and improvising pianist.
After the interval, Ganelin and Gotesman will accompany the silent film, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927). It is one of the most successful early works by the British director, which helped shape the modern thriller genre in film.
Back in his young days when he lived in Lithuania Ganelin was the founding member of the Ganelin Trio, arguably the world’s greatest free jazz ensemble in the 1970s and 1980s, with which he has appeared at many jazz festivals in Europe and the U. S. before disbanding in 1987. He now lives in Israel where he continues to teach, compose and perform.

Vyacheslav Ganelin, Alfred Schnittke, Osvaldas Balakauskas, Alfred Hitchcock

“Music of Changes” in the ever-changing world

The upcoming “Music of Changes” Contemporary Music Festival is to take place in Klaipėda from September 20 to October 7, inviting the citizens to open up their minds to change and promising plenty of new experiences. By presenting the most daring and exciting musical art of our time, the festival attempts to captivate the audience from the very first moments it enters the Klaipėda Concert Hall. The current edition comes with a new feature: this year the sound installation From Sand, Water and Iron will welcome everyone attending the festival’s events. It was conceived and realized by Yiorgis Sakellariou, a Greek-born composer currently residing in London, using sound material that has been collected during field recording sessions in Klaipėda where he had lived a few years ago. In composer’s words, “Klaipėda’s soundscape is the basis and inspiration for an auditory experience of an expanded reality. From Sand, Water and Iron forms a reconfiguring and intangible cosmos, a place where three elements are transformed into sound, independent in time and connected in space.”
This year the “Music of Changes” festival offers a programme of seven engaging concerts and inspiring talks with the renowned artists and performers from Lithuania and from all around the world. Concerts will feature musical works that propelled change in the history of 20th century music and the most remarkable developments in the musical art today. Both the mentioned sound installation and works featured at concerts reflect the ever-changing world of sound. Vibrant and boundless, it will encourage us to invite change into our lives and environment.
Let’s open up our minds to change and new experiences together with the “Music of Changes”!

Open for viewing before the festival’s events, from 6 pm, at the KCH’s Ground Floor Foyer
From Sand, Water and Iron
Concert-installation by Yiorgis Sakellariou (Greece / UK)
Meet the artist on September 22nd, during the interval (around 7.15 pm)