Festival “Ars Musica” Features a Spectrum of Baltic Contemporary Music

Foto: Tallinna Uue Muusika Ansambel. Autor: Domas Rimeika
Foto: Tallinna Uue Muusika Ansambel. Autor: Domas Rimeika

On November 27, the contemporary music festival “Ars Musica” held in Belgium since 1989, presents the concert “Baltic Sense” to feature chamber and choral pieces written by some of the most prominent Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian composers, and performers, including the Vilnius City Contemporary Music Ensemble Synaesthesis, Ensemble for New Music Tallinn and Latvian Radio Choir.

The concert production is the outcome of dedicated cooperation between the festival “Ars Musica” and the Baltic Composers’ Unions. Since the establishment of the Baltic Contemporary Music Network in 2019, and notably, after the first Baltic Music Days in Estonia (2021), overseas opportunities gained momentum. This is also due to the cooperation with European Festival Alliance for Contemporary Music (F.A.C.E. Network).

The concert will feature the music of composers Dominykas Digimas, Justina Repečkaitė, Justė Janulytė, Rytis Mažulis, Žibuoklė Martinaitytė from Lithuania; Krists Auznieks, Sants Bušs, Linda Leimane, Mārtiņš Viļums from Latvia; Märt-Matis Lill, Elis Hallik, Elo Masing, Arvo Pärt and Toivo Tulev from Estonia.

The panorama of the creative music of the Baltic will be presented by three exceptional collectives. The programme was put together by the Baltic Contemporary Music Network in cooperation with the “Ars Musica” festival.

The new version of Helena Tulve‘s piece “Emergence II. Bottomless, Shoreless” / “Emergence II. Sans fond ni rivages” premiered in the Bozar concert hall on November 23.

The project is funded by the Baltic Culture Fund and supported by the Estonian Embassy in Brussels.