"I must commend Art-i-Shock for their refined, nuanced and technically accomplished playing. The music is exciting and adventurous and there are rich pickings for those willing to push the boat out. Superbly recorded, with excellent accompanying notes, the release gets my enthusiastic thumbs up."
The work of our trio revolves around collaboration with contemporary Latvian composers. Seeing as there is almost no music originally written for the specific composition of our group - cello, piano and percussion - we need to take an active role in the creation of such music. And for that we need composers, who create the fertile soil for our ‘artichoke’ to grow and flourish. It is precisely in this creative interaction with composers, listeners and concert organisers that the art-i-shock is born: creative surprise, musical adventure. Over the few years of our existence, we’ve already reaped quite an armful of artichokes. And soon they will be joined by already a twentieth piece of music.
They differ very much from each other, and together they form quite a mosaic. They are as diverse as the ardour and sincerity conveyed by their creators during the recording process. But together, our wonderful composers have created a large, beautiful meadow, into which listeners may wade and surrender themselves to the experience of sound, or the art-i-shock.
February 2018 has been lucky for our trio. We had the honour to
share the stage in one concert with amasing, inspiring and legendary
piano maestro Raimonds Pauls allready twice!
And february has been full of new challenges:
Guna finaly played viola da gamba in the concert. And what was the hardest thing? Tuning 415 HZ!
Agnese learned basics for chembalo tuning.
And Elina got inspired from drehleier oriental tunes and played percussion instrument - tar! Thank You, Guntars, for inspiration!