From Baryshnikov Arts Center: “Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents BAC Salon: Māris Briežkalns Quintet Rothko in Jazz (NY Premiere)”

Baryshnikov Arts Center

BAC Salon: Māris Briežkalns Quintet
Rothko in Jazz
May 2, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:30pm
Baryshnikov Arts Center | Howard Gilman Performance Space
450 W. 37th St. | NYC
Tickets: $25 at or 866.811.4111

“Māris Briežkalns and his group prove that Latvian jazz is more than just alive and well–it is the embodiment of a creative energy that characterizes the human spirit.” – Half Note Records

Māris Briežkalns Quintet’s Rothko in Jazz is hailed by The Washington Post as “a wide-ranging musical homage to Mark Rothko’s paintings.” The evening features music by ten renowned Latvian composers, each commissioned to create a piece evoking the mood of an abstract expressionist artwork by the Latvia-born visual artist. The original jazz compositions, arranged and performed by the Quintet, are accompanied by large-scale projections of Rothko’s iconic paintings.

Composers: Lolita Ritmanis, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Rihards Dubra, Artūrs Maskats, Pēteris Vasks, Jēkabs Jančevskis, Vilnis Šmīdbergs, Jēkabs Nīmanis, Georgs Pelēcis, Raimonds Pauls

Māris Briežkalns, drums, band leader
Viktors Ritovs, piano
Raimonds Macats, cello, harmonica
Kristaps Lubovs, saxophone
Andris Grunte, double bass +
Ivars Ozols, sound and visual design

Rothko in Jazz is one of many events taking place throughout 2018 in honor of Latvia’s centennial year.


See the full article here .

For new music by living composers

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BAC is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov, who sought to build an arts center in New York City that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. BAC’s opening in 2005 heralded the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative space for artists from around the world. Located in the Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan, BAC comprises a total of 20,000 square feet, including the 238-seat Jerome Robbins Theater, which opened in 2010; the Howard Gilman Performance Space, a black box performance space seating 136 people; four column-free studios; and office space. BAC serves approximately 500 artists and more than 22,000 audience members annually through presentations and artist residencies.