Edgars Rubenis’ composition “Durations of Objects” (2020) prescribes an investigative setting for exploration of possible links between the worlds of everyday and music. Guided by unconditional curiosity, the piece develops both nature and duration of its sound materials in close dialogue with everyday objects. Arising from a series of experimental study-pieces for solo performer, the ensemble version to be performed at Jauna Muzika is developed by Rubenis in collaboration with the Laivo Troupe.
Edgars Rubenis (b. 1983) is a Latvian guitar player and composer, who currently lives and works in the Netherlands. Having gone through an extensive practice in experimental guitar music, he now writes for acoustic and electronic instruments, guided by an interest in relationships between diverse structural components of musical acts, such as the composed sound, listening, the surrounding environment, and temporal progression.
Laivo Troupe is a free improvised music ensemble, consisting of musicians from different musical backgrounds, including jazz, classical, contemporary, or funk music, whose individuality lends a unique quality to the sound of the whole ensemble. Ensemble’s main musical approach is free improvisation, although it has wide range of different repertoire including original compositions, arrangements, graphic scores, improvised funk music, pure drone and much more. By exploring and experimenting with diverse worlds of music and going extreme on odd rhythms, atonal harmonies, timbres and extended techniques, ensemble creates an expressive and unconventional form of musical performance, always challenging themselves and their listeners’ ear.