In the concert program “Bach. Groove. Saxophones” the experienced Riga Saxophone Quartet meets percussionist Guntars Freibergs, one of the most prominent Latvian musicians of the young generation, who has been nominated several times for the Grand Music Prize. It is noteworthy that in Latvia such a set of musicians will play on one stage for the first time – the full sounds of four saxophones complemented by a variety of percussion instruments, including marimba, drums, and vibraphone. Also, the repertoire chosen by the musicians is diverse – from the repositioning of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “English Suite” for this unusual ensemble to the legendary “Rebonds B” of percussion instruments by avantgarde master of the 20th century Iannis Xenakis, as well as jazzy moods and references to the music of different nations, and the great intrigue as new work! Its author Edgars Mākens gained his popularity as a musician and songwriter of the Latvian alternative bands “Gaujarts” and “Manta” and has rich experience in the theatre music genre; during the last years, he has also worked in the field of academic music and studies composition at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.
Typical to the Chamber Hall series PERSONALLY - meeting with the musicians after the concert, for a chance to enjoy conversations in an informal atmosphere with a cup of coffee or glass of wine.
The program includes Johann Sebastian Bach, Iannis Xenakis, Edgars Mākens, Guillermo Lago and others.