Festivals

Music of changes 2010

Contemporary Music Festival
“Music of Changes”
17 September – 19 October 2010
Post Scriptum 6 November


Music of Changes 2010: the sonic energy of today

In our journey through time and space we are to meet again at the “Music of Changes” festival. Our hearing has never been as acute, our minds as sharp and our thoughts as vivid and bright as now. We are very much looking forward to receiving the sonic energy of the modern world and sharing it with you. The “Music of Changes” is going relay this energy from September 17th to November 6th this year.
“There is no such thing as silence. …One enters an anechoic chamber… to discover that one hears two sounds of one’s own unintentional making (nerve’s systematic operation, blood’s circulation)… . Until I die there will be sounds. And they will continue following my death. One need not fear about the future of music,” John Cage once said. Five years ago our festival was named after one of his piano pieces, while his ideas continue to challenge our understanding and provoke thinking about music.
“If we turn away from beauty, is there anything else for us?”
When we speak of a modern work of art, we usually describe it as being “interesting,” but we no longer say that it is “beautiful”… It seems as if some people do not think of beauty, ideals as something real anymore. Such concepts seem to be totally absent from their vocabulary. The “Music of Changes”, however, maintains the existence of beautiful, noble, worthwhile and meaningful things in contemporary art. Come to the festival’s events and you will see that this can be true.
“Music, does it communicate anything?”
For an artist creation is a way of communication with the world. Sounds can arguably communicate vibrations of the soul better than words. When these vibrations find response in the listeners’ hearts, one experiences true elation: communion has taken place. The festival’s programme promises quite a few such precious moments.
“If there is any revenue, will it be spent on music?”
More than 95 per cent of the world’s population listen to non-academic music daily… Among the remaining 5 per cent only an infinitesimal portion listens to the music by contemporary composers. But on the other hand, their work is an object of intellectual prestige: interest in this music usually shows broad intellectual purview and extensive learning. “An enlightened society,” according to Susanne Langer, “usually has some means, public or private, to support its artists, because their work is regarded as a spiritual triumph and a claim to greatness for the whole tribe.”
As a matter of fact, you can become part of that tribe for only Lt15 to Lt30 per one ticket and, what’s more, you can even save with a number of available discounts.
“New music: new listening.” (John Cage)
With the sixth edition of the “Music of Changes” festival the Klaipėda Concert Hall opens its seventh concert season. Eight events programmed for this festival will invite you to open up to new experiences and change.
“If music, patterned sound, had no other office than to stimulate and soothe our nerves, pleasing our ears as well-combined foods please our palates, it might be highly popular, but never culturally important.” (Susanne Langer)
Aiming to become an important signpost in the cultural map of our open and modern city, The “Music of Changes” will charge you with the positive energy of contemporary sound. We invite you to try its galvanising effect!

“Fuel. Sonic Energy”

The opening concert of the festival will blast as a powerful charge of the sonic energy. Through the series of incendiary world and local premieres (by Miklós Maros and Osvaldas Balakauskas) it will reach ignition with the Fuel by American composer Julia Wolfe. Mindaugas Piečaitis will conduct the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra and the enthralling images of cityscapes projected on the screen.

“M. K. Čiurlionis. Transcendental Meditation”

As a matter of symbolic coincidence, we will celebrate the birthday of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911) with a concert, in which his great grandson, Rokas Zubovas, will perform and comment on his output for piano. The programme highlights a number of his piano works that illustrate best his creative laboratory and stylistic evolution from folk song arrangements to the Fugue in B-flat minor.

“Shades of Sounds”

This crossover programme is dedicated to works for cello, accordion and electronics performed by two highly original and broad-minded artists who are always eager to challenge the standards of professional excellence. The dialogues between live acoustic instruments and electronic tracks will startle with astounding sonorities, while the play of light and shadows are likely to evoke vivid associations.

“Immortality”

“Immortality” is the name of a project by young performers dedicated to promoting music by Lithuanian composers. The beginnings of our musical culture lie in the archaic sutartinės songs, the elements of which permeate the work by contemporary Lithuanian artists. It is music that may prefigure the course towards survival and immortality of a nation. The immortality of music, love and belief in eternity.

Solo performance - opera Isadora

A solo performance - opera Isadora is another project by young artists that received enthusiastic public and critical response, as well as the Golden Cross of the Stage award. Inspired by the life of legendary dancer Isadora Duncan, this opera tells a story about a woman gripped in psychotic idolisation of and manic identification with this artist.

“State of Music”

The music to be performed at this concert will envelop us in blissful tranquillity and timelessness. Works by Latvian Pēteris Vasks and Briton Gavin Bryars will bathe our ears in varying musical states and shimmering quiescence. While new pieces by Vidmantas Bartulis, Zita Bružaitė and Giedrius Puskunigis will speak to us with that bred-in-the-bone Lithuanian sound comparable to the soughing of pine forests at the Baltic Sea.

Video Club Dialogues Between Music and Cinema”

“There is no absolute, cosmic emptiness. But there is silence, in which dwells an incredibly rich and almost imperceptible world of images and sounds whose existence is well covered under our everyday hustle and bustle. Cinema often enables us to see deeper and more than our naked eye,” says film director Audrius Stonys.

“Music of Changes” Post Scriptum
“Synthetic Swamp”

“Synthetic Swamp” will keep our ears pricked by making all kinds of exotic sounds (sometimes reminiscent even of those heard in the Amazon jungle). Marius Balčytis will delight us with his amazing trombone techniques, Saulius Astrauskas—with his dexterous management of the percussion, and Arnoldas Gurinavičius—with his lithe command of the double bass.

 

“MUSIC OF CHANGES”: OPEN UP TO CHANGES!

A contemporary music festival Music of Changes each fall presents the best examples of 20th-21st century music as well as contemporary forms of expression. The festival introduces interactions of various art forms and encourages untraditional ways of creativity. Masterpieces that determined the changes in the music history of the last century as well as the searches of contemporary composers are included in the repertoire of the festival. A date with contemporary music, its creators and performers each year opens up a possibility for new experiences and a change of perception.

Tickets to the concerts of the festivals:

You can buy tickets at the ticket office (Šaulių St. 36, Klaipėda, P.: +370 46 410 566) or online. For more information, please visit: www.koncertusale.lt.

Festival repertoire:

Loreta Narvilaitė
Deputy Director for Culture
P. +370 46 219 743
M. +370 615 64 013
loreta@koncertusale.lt