Events and tours

“Minimal Soundscapes”

2016 October 4 Past event
1 h. 40 min.
10 €

Event start: 6:30 pm

The Gothenburg Combo: David Hansson, Thomas Hansy (guitars, Sweden)

Programme: Terry Riley, Steve Reich, members of the Gothenburg Combo

“An ethereal cultures, absorbed in perfume, light, silence and ambient sound … “ (David Toop, Ocean of Sound)
The music of this concert could be described as sound-sculptures, musical landscapes or small pools of sounds to bathe your ears in. The experience is like watching a landscape, without any specific goal in mind, just taking it all in, watching the small changes as the wind blows through the leaves, letting your emotions and your memories run free. This is ambient music, “soundscapes”, if you like, but created without any electronics, using only two plain acoustic guitars.
Being classically trained musicians, The Gothenburg Combo were, just like most people in our generation, born and raised to the sound of pop music, hip-hop, house, techno music and so on. It is music that has a steady pulse, a clear tonal centre and uses a lot of repetition. The Gothenburg Combowants to utilize these elements and to engage with the emotions they bring out in people”.

The concert is built around three works by the great American minimal composers Terry Riley and Steve Reich, two composers The Gothenburg Combo has worked closely with.

”Like Siamese Twins in ensemble playing The Gothenburg Combo enters new guitaristic territory, with minimalistic music and quasi-electronic sounds on acoustic Guitars.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

Terry Riley, Steve Reich, members of the Gothenburg Combo

“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)