Skaņu Mežs, the annual festvial for unusual music, is now in its 11th year and will take place between October 10-12. The venues include the cinema Splendid Palace, the concert hall Palladium and the Latvian Railway Museum. The following are only part of the line-up set to perform at the festival: Stephen O’Malley (founder of the group Sunn 0))) ) with his duo KTL; free-jazz drummer William Hooker; Norwegian experimental jazz group Jaga Jazzist; dance music projects Shackleton, Andy Stott and Demdike Stare; dark ambient performer Lustmord.
The 2013 festival will be Skaņu Mežs’ eleventh installment and it will be structured in the following way: an electro-accoustic concert, “Spaces,” will take place on October 10; a dance music evening, “Chambers,” will take place on October 11; an evening of contemporary music, “Rooms,” will take place on October 12 in which both non-academic experimental and academic avantgarde chamber music will be presented. “Spaces,” “Chambers” and “Rooms” are imaginitive titles which reflect the nature of the music played at each event – “Spaces” refers to the epic soundscapes the music of this evening will create; “Chambers” refers to the attraction that dance music has to dark, surreal and isolated venues; “Rooms” plays with the concept of chamber music.
A piece comissioned specifically for Skaņu Mežs will be performed on October 10. This project was created by Nate Young, member of the well known noise music group Wolf Eyes. Young has composed a new soundtrack to the classic Latvian film “Nāves ēnā” (In the Shadow of Death) based on the novel by Rūdolfs Blaumanis. The piece will be performed to segments of the film.