Great Hall
Duration1 h 20 min.


On Friday, 18 August, at 19.00, the concert programme “Moon Music and Poetry” will be performed by violinist Azadeh Maghsoodi (Iran, Germany), actress Rēzija Kalniņa and pianist Andis Paegle (Germany).

The programme, specially created for the Concert Hall “Latvija”, will combine atmospheric music and Persian poetry read by actress Rēzija Kalniņa. Themes by Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed with Persian and Latvian music improvisations, reaching to Astor Piacolla’s works and jazz arrangements. The choice of music and Persian poetry in the programme is united by the moon, protector of all the lonely and sad, inspirer of composers and muses.

In 2019, violinist Azadeh Maghsoodi and pianist Andis Paegle created MoonBach, a unique international project to perform well-known works by J.S. Bach (1685-1750), H.I.F. Biber (1644-1706) and other composers, combined with newly invented elements of jazz, improvised and experimental music. . The programmes performed by MoonBach highlight the importance of time in music, where music from different centuries intertwines as one, transcending the boundaries of time and space. The programmes draw on the visions of astronomers Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) and Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) on the interaction between music and the planetary system, astronomy and harmony. MoonBach highlights the influence of the planets and the space not only on composers and their compositions, but also on humanity and culture throughout time.

They have entertained audiences in concerts all over Europe and spoiled music lovers with several studio recordings. On 18 August at the Concert Hall “Latvija”, the international duo MoonBach and Rēzija Kalniņa will present a newly created programme “Moon Music and Poetry” and offer a chance to indulge in the writings of Persian poets and explore surprising multi-cultural collaborations.

Azadeh Maghsoodi is an Iranian-born violinist trained in Germany. At the age of 15, Azadeh Maghsodi appeared at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival performing J.S. Bach’s Double Concerto and received the first attention of the music world. In 2006 she was awarded first prize and a special prize for the best interpretation of a classical work at the Queen Sophie Charlotte International Competition, and in 2007 and 2009 she won the NDR Culture Prize. 2010. gadā Azade Magsodi kopā ar slaveno britu vijoles virtuozu Naidželu Kenediju (Nigel Kennedy) devās turnejā Vācijā, uzstājās Berlīnes Filharmonijā un Hamburgas Laeiszhalle. Vijolniece Azade Magsodi uzstājusies kopā ar Brandenburgas Filharmonijas orķestri, Ziemeļvācijas Filharmonijas orķestri, Polijas kamerorķestri un Lībekas Jauno kamerorķestri, koncertējusi Amerikā, Itālijā, Čehijā, daudz uzstājusies radio un televīzijā.

Andis Paegle was born in Riga, studied at the Emīls Dārziņš Music School, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, studied harpsichord and church music at the Lübeck University of Music, studied organ with prof. Ton Kopman, Andreas Markon, Olivier Latri, Bob van Asperen, etc. Andis Paegle is music director at the Lutheran congregation of Bargteheide in Hamburg, freelances in various projects, performs as a harpsichordist and chamber music partner throughout Europe and beyond. His work focuses particularly on early music, as well as various electronic keyboards and innovative performances.

Rēzija Kalniņa graduated from the Latvian State Conservatoire’s Faculty of Theatre and Film Actors, later continuing her education at the Department of Directing. She has received various awards (“Lielais Kristaps” for “Best Film Actress”, “Spēlmaņu nakts” award for “Best Young Actress” and several nominations in the category “Best Actress”) for her participation in plays, films and TV productions. Rēzija Kalniņa has directed productions at Concert Hall “Dzintari”, M. Chekhov Russian Theatre, Latvian National Theatre, Daile Theatre, etc.

Tickets are available from 28 June at the box offices of Concert Hall “Latvija” and “Biļešu paradīze”.

The concert is organised by SIA “Kurzemes filharmonija”, and funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Ventspils State City Municipality.

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