Celebrate Lithuania’s Independence in London with contemporary music ensemble Synaesthesis on March 11

  • March 10, 2020

This year the Lithuanian Embassy in the UK celebrates the 30th anniversary of the restoration of the independence of Lithuania with a concert by a contemporary music ensemble Synaesthesis who will perform at Southwark Cathedral on the 11th of March. With the program “Baltic Sense”, Synaesthesis is inviting the audience to listen to most prominent composers from the Baltic region.

Founded in 2013 by the conductor Karolis Variakojis and the composer Dominykas Digimas, the ensemble’s vision goes beyond sound – into space, light, movement and narrative – anything that allows for professionally performed music to become a multidimensional creation, blurring the boundaries between genres.

The uniqueness of Synaesthesis has been recognized at the International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts (MDW) in Vienna, where in 2016 and 2017 the musicians were awarded the Just Composed interpretation prize for the best performance of a premiere piece. The ensemble’s success has also been acclaimed in Lithuania – in 2017, Synaesthesis received the Young Artist Award from Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and an honorary title as Vilnius City Ensemble by Vilnius Municipality in 2019.

With the program “Baltic Sense”, Synaesthesis presents the most prominent composers from the Baltic region: Arvo Pärt (Estonia) – Fratres, Pēteris Vasks (Latvia) – Bass Trip, Bronius Kutavičius (Lithuania) – Clocks of the Past, and Ramūnas Motiekaitis (Lithuania) – Katabasis. According to the ensemble, the former three musical works were part of the silent resistance that allowed the process of forming national identity and cultural authenticity to continue. 

The event is organised by the Lithuanian Embassy in the UK and Lithuanian Cultural Attaché in London, and supported by the Lithuanian Culture Institute and Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Concert “Baltic Sense” by Synaesthesis will take place this Wednesday, March 11, at 1:15 p.m. at Southwark Cathedral (London Bridge SE1 9DA, London). Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please register at https://bit.ly/3cDOxAR.