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Concert by Percussionist and Sound Artist Eli Keszler to Take Place in Ventspils
Saturday, 29. February. 19:00 Concert hall “Latvija”, Lielais laukums 1

On February 29, the renowned American percussionist, composer and artist Eli Keszler will perform the first concert of this year's contemporary music cycle “Ma” in the concert hall “Latvija” in Ventspils.

Eli Keszler is an artist who lives in East Village, New York. He is a New Yorker, a city dweller through and through. In music as well, where he stands out among others for his peculiar, complicated and even slightly tumultuous drumming style. Music created with his favorite acoustic instrument, as well as Keszler's compositions in general, are complemented by city noises or imitation of these noises. Field recordings are used in urban environment, piano strings and various mechanisms are used to take the listener to the place where Eli is in his music – in a big city, one of the busiest places on the planet, the "boiler" where the world blends. One critic accurately described Eli Keszler’s performance as “unfrozen” or “undead architecture”, in a way playing with Goethe’s quote. The artist’s “unfrozen architecture” was inspired by improvisations characteristic of free jazz, hardcore punk and experimental noise music. Keszler’s percussion technique is most often characterized by words like "quick and abrasive".

Eli Keszler’s music, installations and visual artworks have been presented at the Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) List Visual Arts Center, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Barbican Centre in London, as well as in many other important spaces of culture, music and art. Alongside exhibitions and live performances, the artist's solo recordings are released by well-known record labels such as “Shelter Press”, “PAN” and others.

As a composer, Eli Keszler has created compositions for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, “International Contemporary Ensemble” or ICE, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and group “So Percussion”. The artist's creative biography is made of collaborations with renowned musicians and groups such as “Oneohtrix Point Never”, Laurel Halo, Kevin Beasley, Rashad Becker and David Grubbs.

Tickets to the concert taking place in the Small Hall of the concert hall “Latvija” on February 29 are available for purchase at sales points of “Biļešu Paradīze”. The first 30 tickets are available for a special price – 8.00 EUR. A limited number of non-numbered seats are available for sale.

“Ma” is a contemporary author’s music cycle within the framework of which many foreign and Latvian musicians and composers of various genres visit Ventspils. So far the following musicians have performed here: Czech violinist Iva Bittová, Australian percussionist Jim White and Greek lute musician George Xylouris or duet “Xylouris White”, pianist and composer Luke Howard from Australia, pianist Nik Baertsch, cellist Clarice Jensen and wind instrument player Lea Bertucci from USA. Since autumn 2019, the cycle “Ma” concerts are taking place at the Small Hall of the concert hall “Latvija”, where Daniel Brandt with band “Eternal Something”  from Germany has already performed, as well as cellist and sound artist Oliver Coates from Great Britain. 4 concerts will be held in relation to the cycle “Ma” in 2020.

Online:

http://www.elikeszler.com/

Eli Keszler at the festival “Moogfest” in 2009:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji0pcs9KAlM

Opening hours

08:00-18:00 (1,2,3,4,5);

10:00-16:00 (6)

10:00-16:00 (7)

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Address: 6 Darzu Street, Ventspils, LV 3601
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