European Christmas. Perpetuum Ritmico Christmas

Perpetuum Ritmico is a fiery and energetic ensemble of percussionists, and it is offering a totally new programme for the calm flow of the Advent season, merging contemporary music with music that is centuries old and full of traditions.

Among the young composers is talented Madara Pētersone, who plans to be graduated from the Latvian Academy of Music this year, as well as American-born Jachin Pousson, who visited Rīga as an exchange student and found the Latvian mentality so enchanting that he decided to continue his studies in Rīga.  There will also be music from Jēkabs Nīmanis, a composer and clarinettist who is always full of surprises and humour.  The fiery power of the percussion instruments will be soothed by the timbral colours of the cello, clarinet and kokle.  Together with a marimba and timpani, these instruments will produce new versions of well-known Baroque masterpieces such as Winter from Vivaldi’s Seasons of the Year, Pachelbel’s merry and pulsating Canon, the fabled opus So Called Laws of Nature by the legendary American minimalist David Lang, and, finally, Elliot Cole’s gentle Postlude.

Musicians:

Guntars Freibergs, percussion
Elvijs Endelis, percussion
Mikus Bāliņš, percussion
Guntis Kuzma, clarinet
Dace Zālīte, cello
Līga Griķe, kokle

Programme:

New opuses by Madara Pētersone, Jēkabs Nīmanis and Jachin Pousson, as well as music by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel and David Lang