“Synaesthesis”, a contemporary music ensemble assembling some of the most original young Lithuanian musicians, is coming to Kaunas: on 1 August, 7 pm Kaunas Artists’ House will host an intriguing programme, reflective of international contemporary music tendencies.
The provocatively titled programme – “Cool People Playing Strange Music” – points to the image associated with contemporary music in Lithuania and also suggests an outlook representative of contemporary classical music.
Régis Campo (France): “Pop – Art“(2002)
Panayiotis Kokoras (Greece/USA): “Crama” (2006)
Yann Robin (France): “Ftera” (2014)
Sylvain Marty (France): “Lithuanian Rotation” (2016)
Lenka Novosedlíková (Slovakia): “twenty:seven:twenty” (2017)
Tickets and discounts: tickets cost 5 EUR (3 EUR concessions – schoolchildren, students, seniors). Tickets can be purchased on the door and at Tiketa sales points in person and online.
“Synaesthesis” was founded in 2013 by the ensemble’s conductor Karolis Variakojis and composer Dominykas Digimas The young and ambitious team of musicians that formed around them made it their mission to introduce experimental pieces by composers from Lithuania and abroad into the musical rations of Lithuanian concert-goers. However, sound is not their sole focus. As performers, they also pay close attention to space, light, movement and narrative – anything that gives the music they play a multi-dimensional quality and erases the boundaries of genre.
The ensemble is an active participant of the Lithuanian contemporary music scene, performing in the country’s most important contemporary music festivals, Druskomanija, Ahead and Gaida, and serving as the resident ensemble for international projects hosted in Lithuania, such as DAR (Druskininkai Arts Residence) and the Kintai Arts Residence. It has also made its first serious steps on the international scene. In 2016 and 2017, “Synaesthesis” participated in the international summer academy in Austria and won the Just Composed award for the best performance and interpretation of a newly composed piece both years. Last fall, the ensemble performed at various international contemporary music festivals, including Gaida (Lithuania), Melos Ethos (Slovakia) and Crossroads (Austria).
Artistic director: Karolis Variakojis
Director: Marta Finkelštein
Karolis Variakojis (conductor), Vytautas Oškinis (flute), Artūras Kažimėkas (clarinet), Deimantė Merkevičiūtė (violin), Monika Kiknadzė (viola), Gunda Baranauskaitė (cello), Marta Finkelštein (piano).