The unique audiovisual project Rothko in Jazz, which premiered in Washington in 2015, was inspired by the works of the Daugavpils-born painter Mark Rothko (1903–1970). The project brought together outstanding composers: Lolita Ritmanis, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Rihards Dubra, Artūrs Maskats, Pēteris Vasks, Jēkabs Jančevskis, Vilnis Šmīdbergs, Jēkabs Nīmanis, Georgs Pelēcis and Raimonds Pauls. They drew inspiration from the abstract expressionist period of Rothko to express his works of art through music. Later on these themes were arranged by artists from Māris Briežkalns Quintet.
"Māris' music connected people, proving that there's a wide audience for real art expressed by committed artists. His performance and ideas married perfectly with America's jazz aesthetic," Dave Schroeder, Director of Jazz Studies at New York University, said of the Rothko in Jazz project.
Māris Briežkalns Quintet will perform the Rothko in Jazz compositions at “LONDON Kings Place" on November 23 at 8 p.m. On November 24, the young and talented jazz singer Kristīne Prauliņa will join Māris Briežkalns Quintet at the Pheasantry to perform Raimonds Pauls' jazz compositions with lyrics by the American poet Gordon Pogoda.
“EFG London Jazz Festival” is the biggest annual music festival in London that has since 1992 showcased a heady mix of talent from around the world. The festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of Britain's landmark music events. Māris Briežkalns Quintet and Kristīne Prauliņa's performance at EFG London Jazz Festival has been organized in cooperation with the Latvian centenary office Latvia 100 at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and the Latvian Embassy in Great Britain.
Further information about the festival is available and tickets can be bought on: https://efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/.