Songs without Words

2019 May 23 Past event
1 h
14.00 €
Start of the Event: 6.30 pm., the Ground Floor Foyer 
Arvydas Kazlauskas (saxophone, Lithuania / Latvia)
Sinfonietta Rīga String Quartet (Latvia): Kristiāna Šīrante (I violin), Agnese Kanniņa-Liepiņa (II violin), Artūrs Gailis (viola), Kārlis Klotiņš (cello)

Arvydas Kazlauskas, a Lithuanian saxophone player now based in Riga, is a true powerhouse of creative ideas, which relentlessly produces impulses for new works and projects. He travels a lot and builds musical bridges between our neighbouring countries. On his way, he also visits Klaipėda quite often to introduce his most fascinating projects. This time he returns in a company of the string quartet, formed by members of the Sinfonietta Rīga orchestra. In their programme “Songs without Words,” musicians decided to delve into songs, focusing on the phenomenon of songs without words in music. Pieces with such titles can be found in the work of many classical composers, including, perhaps most prominently, Felix Mendelssohn and Gustav Holst, both featured in this programme. It also contains vocalises, songs or vocal exercises without words, which are akin to the genre of instrumental songs without words: the well-known Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera by Maurice Ravel and several arrangements of choral vocalises by Latvian composer Jānis Ivanovs. The second half of the programme is dedicated to modern music. Popular songs by Kurt Weill will create the cabaret atmosphere, Chich Corea’s rhythmically playful miniatures from his album Children’s Songs will invite to make mischief, while Michael Nyman’s music for The Piano will speak of the love and hardship of a mute woman. The programme will be rounded off by a paraphrase of the funk-driven Prince’s pop song, with the flavour of a delicious dessert.

Jānis Ivanovs, Michael Nyman, Felix Mendelssohn, Maurice Ravel, Kurt Weill, Gustav Holst, Chick Corea, Guillermo Lago