Grasis, Sējāne tour with ‘modern chamber music’

To present their new “modern chamber music” recording Paraleles, flautist Liene Sējāne and guitarist Kristaps Grasis plan to travel from Germany for a six-city tour of Latvia from Oct. 21-Oct. 30.

Grasis, who studied classical and jazz guitar in Germany and Sweden, works as a music teacher, composes music and performs concerts in Germany. Sējāne, a 2001 graduate of the Emīls Dārziņš music school in Latvia, now is a student in Muenster, Germany.

The two perform their own compositions as well as work by composers such as Bela Bartok, Astor Piazolla and Maurice Ravel. Their performances feature a blend of electrified and acoustic instruments, including the flute, the guitar and drums, as well as instruments more familiar to listeners of chamber music.

Grasis and Sējāne have previously performed together in Latvia, Germany and Sweden.

For the concert tour, they will be joined by well-known Latvian oboe player Normunds Šnē as well as Juris Sējāns on bass, Leons Sējāns on electric guitar and Reinis Sējāns on percussion.

During the concerts, the group will perform work by Erik Sati, Piazolla, Juris and Leons Sējāns, Grasis and other composers. The concerts are scheduled at 19.00 hours Oct. 21 in the Jelgava culture hall; 18.00 hours Oct. 23 in Jūrmala Theatre; 16.00 hours Oct. 24 in the Valmiera cultural center; 19.00 hours Oct. 28 in the Wagner Hall in Rīga; 19.00 hours Oct. 29 in Bauska community center, and 18.00 hours Oct. 30 in the concert hall Baltais Flīģelis in Sigulda.

Liene Sējāne and Kristaps Grasis

Flautist Liene Sējāne and guitarist Kristaps Grasis plan a six-city concert tour of Latvia. (Photo courtesy of Kristaps Grasis)

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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