Live recording of Fantasia & Toccata | Latvia

Please listen to a live recording of my most recent piece performed in Riga by LNSO Double Bass Orchestra conducted by Jānis Stafeckis. Fantasia & Toccata was composed in 2020 amidst the worldwide Covid19 pandemic and under tremendously stressful conditions in my personal life. It has been a luck that in that particular circumstance such an extraordinary and weird formation of an ensemble was given in my hands. No other medium could express better the turmoil I was going through the months this piece was composed. 

Please mind to use a pair of speakers or headphones to listen to this music due to its very low frequency content.

Live recording (Radio 3) of the premiere at Great Guild hall, Riga 08.10.2020
Performers: LNSO double bass orchestra (Oskars Bokanovs, Toms Timofejevs, Andris Veinbergs, Dāvis Vilks, Alise Broka, Kristaps Pētersons, Jurģis Klotiņš, Gustavs Vilsons, Viktors Stankēvičs, Raivo Ozols, Viktors Veļičko, Haralds Arnis, Undīne Berga, Mārcis Lipskis, Dzintars Sabļins, Raivis Misjuns)

Fantasia & Toccata for 16 Contrabasses at LNSO | Rīga

An absolutely crazy formation of an ensemble of 16 contrabasses is going to premiere a new piece of mine at Riga in October. 16 Contrabassist from many countries around Europe are going to join their forces and make a concert on 8th of October at the central concert hall in Riga.

LNSO CHAMBER MUSICTHE LNSO DOUBLE BASS CHOIR
16 DOUBLE BASSES AND ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Lielā ģilde

Programme:
Hans ZIMMER, Carlos GARDEL, John WILLIAMS, Miloslav GAJDOŠ,
Antonio VIVALDI, Gundega ŠMITE (premiere), Dimitris MARONIDIS (premiere)

The LNSO’s principal double bass, open and friendly Oskars Bokanovs has had his share of piano duets in the previous season, and he now invites friends and colleagues from near and far to surprise you with double bass solos, duets, quartets and even a double bass orchestra. The programme includes music of all styles and eras – from Vivaldi to film scores, from tango to Czech engravings, as well as new works by Gundega Šmite and Dimitris Maronidis. The stately instrument will reveal its melodic and virtuoso strings, a feast for musicians and listeners alike, because 20 double bass players on a single stage – it is not to be missed.

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