Hello, Sveiki, Tere!
Thank you for visiting our "Vocal Poems of the Baltics" concert tour fundraiser.
A bit about us and our project.
We are four young artists from four different nations, who met at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre as full time or Erasmus students, and kept in touch in the hope of a future collaboration. The concert title "Vocal Poems of the Baltics" comes from our programme, which is woven together of solo songs about love, nature, death and dreams by Mart Saar, Jazeps Vitols, Balys Dvarionas and many other cherished Baltic composers.
The three Baltic states are represented in our three singers, who will each perform music of their home nation in their mother tongue. With our collaboration and concert tour, we want to send a message of cultural unity during this shared 100 years anniversary of independence of the Baltic states this year, offering our audiences an eclectic review of the 20th and 21st century Baltic vocal duet tradition.
A word from each of our performers.
Pianist and project coordinator Jamie Loftus, who came from the UK to study an MA at EMTA, would like to say that curating and performing this all-Baltic programme was a musical journey through the Baltic states, and hopes in future to take this unique and wonderful music back to his native audience at home.
Estonian soprano Kadri-Liis Kukk, a recent MA graduate of EMTA, is transported by the works of her native country, flying over the forests to the moon, and whispering in trees through which her beloved walks.
Latvian baritone, and BA student of the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy, Kristian Krievāns is joyful in contributing to Latvia's long-standing lied tradition, sharing his deep respect and pride in his country's music.
And for Lithuanian soprano Rasa Dzimidaitė, an MA graduate of the Lithuanian Music Academy, this project is a wonderful opportunity to share the beauty of Lithuania's music and language. It also celebrates the unity and richness of history and culture of all three Baltic countries!
We are a non-profit ensemble - donations go exclusively to concert expenses like venue hire, travel and accommodation, advertising and composer royalties, which are summarised below for a concert in each Baltic capital. We are playing outside the capitals too, with the first concert in Märjamaa Rahvamaja on 25th May, and have concerts coming up in Tukums (Latvia) and Palanga (Lithuania) over the Summer. Ticket sales from those concerts will go back into this fund, and the more donations received, the more concerts we can give back to you!
Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn - €380
Ligo Hall, Riga - €420
Vilnius Picture Gallery - €450
We invite you to support us with any amount you can donate, to help our project reach all three Baltic capitals! Aitäh, Ačiū, Paldies, Thank you.
Kadri-Liis, Rasa, Kristians and Jamie.