Despite difficult circumstances around the world in 2020, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Riga, Latvia’s Skaņu Mežs festival was able to organize the first concerts of REMAIIN a its 2020 edition. The event was open to a limited number of listeners and safety measures were observed.
The event happened on October 2, 9 and 10. On October 2, the first live lecture of REMAIIN was organized – German music journalist Martina Seeber’s talk on the music of the mysterious Italian avant-garde composer Giacinto Scelsi’s work focused on the influence of Eastern philosophy on the so-called „second period” of his body of work. The lecture was followed by a performance by Sonoskop – a contemporary music ensemble from Berlin that consists of, among others, violinist Biliana Voutchkova, also known for her work in the field of free improvisation, and Nikolaus Schlierf, one of the artist directors of Sonar Quartett. Sonoskop will play Scelsi’s Fourth and Fifth string quartets, Riti: I funerali di Carlo Magno (A.D. 814) for cello and percussion and Manto 1 for violin. The full line-up of Sonoskop is: Nikolaus Schlierf, Biliana Voutchkova, Skaistė Dikšaitytė, Tilman Kanitz, Daniel Eichholz.
Additionally, famous Latvian mezzo-soprano Ieva Parša will sang Scelsi’s vocal work Hô, written in 1960.
On October 9, the REMAIIN program at Skaņu Mežs was continued with a performance by Egyptian singer Nadah El Shazly whose debut record „Ahwar” was hailed by The Quietus as a „perfect, soaring amalgamation of traditional Egyptian song with experimental takes on performance and instrumentation”.
All photos by Arnis Kalniņš