tuesday 19:00

Nighttime. A shimmering sleeplessness.
Parallel realities, illusions. Dreams.
A game. A late-night touch.
Nightmares, sleeplessness. . .

The surreality of sleep and the reality of awakening together with subtle and sometimes sudden transitions between these states will be a leitmotif of the programme 'After Midnight'. The singer and pianist Katrina Gupalo and the choreographer and dancer Gabija Bīriņa will explore experiences that range from sweet dreams to nightmares, from sanity to madness. A journey through subconscious terrains of mind will reveal passions, tenderness, paradoxical humour and self-irony. Unusual arrangements of classical compositions have been made for this event, they will be performed by one of the most sought-after and versatile Latvian pianists Andrejs Osokins and the percussionist Elvijs Endelis, known for his mastery of a wide variety of instruments, many of which will add special timbral colours to the programme. All these varied strands will be woven together by the singing of Katrina Gupalo, often characterised by dramatic contrasts and sensuality of voice, and by the expressive dancing, abundant in theatrical verve, by Gabija Bīriņa.

Laureate of the world’s most prominent piano competitions – including the Leeds, Rubinstein, Long-Thibaud, Queen Elisabeth and International German Piano Prize – Andrejs Osokins is one of the most sought-after Latvian pianists. He was described by critics as impeccably stylish, praised for his powerful intellect and charisma, wide expressive sound palette, notably convincing in many different styles of music. This season highlights included debuts in several important European concert halls: Auditorium La Verdi in Milan, the legendary Berliner Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin to name just a few, as well as collaboration with Kremerata Baltica orchestra in Frankfurt Alte Oper, performance with Latvian National Orchestra under the button of Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev and performance in Katara Cultural village Opera House with Maestro Pablo Mielgo.

Katrina Gupalo is internationally recognized as one of Latvia's most extraordinary musicians, currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Katrina is noted for her versatility as a musician - her repertoire ranges from Classicism to premieres of works by contemporary composers and forays into popular genres, and she performs both as a pianist and a singer (mezzo-soprano). She is famed for a poignant stage presence and vivid interpretations, which are partially due to her interest and additional education in theatre. She has collaborated with many distinguished pianists and musicians, including Alan Gilbert, Leon Fleisher, Thomas Ades, Christopher Elton, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Boris Berman, Dmitri Bashkirov and Mikhail Voskresensky. In 2015 Katrina has been selected as one of eight solo pianists for participation in the Music Academy of the West Festival in Santa Barbara, CA.

Choreographer, performance artist and modern ballet dancer Gabija Bīriņa is one of the most imaginative and vehement dancers in her generation. Gabija’s passionate and sensual performances has won her acclaim in Latvia and abroad. She studied in Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in Copenhagen, as well as have had masterclasses in Paris, New York and Tbilisi. After work in Latvian National ballet company Gabija focused on creation of her original choreographies for several significant concert shows, among them ''Tā nav dzīve, tas ir kino''. As the dancer Ms Bīriņa has collaborated with main Latvian choreographers such as Indra Reinchold in the modern ballet shows, Lilija Lipora in dance theater company's STARS WELL produced shows and Līga Lasmane dance shows. Ms Bīriņa has participated in different international dance festivals in Turkey, Sweden, Israel and Great Britain.

Percussionist and drummer Elvijs Endelis is an uprising star in Latvian classical music scene. Mr Endelis has won main prices in various international competitions in Latvia and Lithuania; in 2013 he become a winner of prestigious Yamaha Foundation in Europe competition. Since successful participation in Latvian National Television contest for young musicians, he regularly appears on TV and all the main broadcasting media in Latvia. Elvijs has performed in masterclasses with Igor Lesnik, Marta Klimasara, Jonathan Haas, Emanuel Sejourne, Chin-Cheng Lin, Ludwig Albert, Gert Mortensen, Henrik Larsen and Andrei Pushkarev. Elvijs is an active chamber musician, he regularly performs with unique Latvian percussionist ensemble “Perpetuum Ritmico”, as well as participates in various experimental and crossover projects. He collaborates with main Latvian orchestras – Latvian National Opera orchestra, Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber orchestra ”Sinfonietta Riga” and Liepaja Symphonic Orchestra.

Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 7-15
Organiser: Great Amber

The concert will include compositions from twentieth-century jazz, blues, musicals and movies belonging to the Golden Age of Hollywood, among them works by Cole Porter, Kurt Weill and Ray Charles. Songs such as 'Need a Little Sugar in my Bowl', 'Run, Rabbit, Run!', 'I Put a Spell on You', 'Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets', 'Cry me a River' and 'Stupid Cupid' will be reinvented in new instrumental colours.