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Kekko Fornarelli Trio in the Stars Festival

On 11 March Liepāja International Stars Festival will offer a special event for jazz lovers who will have a chance to hear the original programme of Kekko Fornarelli Trio in the big hall of the Concert Hall GREAT AMBER.

Pianist and composer Kekko Fornarelli is one of the most notable Italian contemporary jazz musicians, widely appreciated internationally. His love for jazz music began at the age of 18 when he decided to drop classical music studies and to travel, make new acquaintances, gain new impressions, but mainly - to perfect his mastery in jazz music. He spent three years in Lyon where he learned from French jazz musicians. In 2009, when Fornarelli had already won wide acclaim after the release of his first two albums, he took a break in order to contemplate his personal vision of music. It led him to the idea that jazz needs to change by freeing itself from sometimes outdated traditions and the temptations to reproduce itself. These years resulted in Kekko Fornarelli’s third album “Room of Mirrors” released in 2011, embodying his perception of contemporary jazz music. After the three years of silence Kekko Fornarelli once again became conversation topic thanks to his new project − Kekko Fornarelli Trio, which was having a successful tour of Europe.

The Trio’s musicians are Kekko Fornarelli − piano and synthesizer, Giorgio Vendola − double bass, and Dario Congedo – drums and percussions. The three jazz music virtuosos are embodying Fornarelli’s idea of music as observation. This unique trio performs music of original and colourful harmony which combines components of electronic music and acoustic instruments, contemporary northern European ideas and neoclassical lyricism, taking the listener on a journey through a kaleidoscope of emotions.

From 3−31 March, Liepāja International Stars Festival will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in a variety of concerts. From now on, tickets can be purchased for the Kekko Fornarelli Jazz Trio concert as well as for the opening and gala concerts. The 25th Liepāja International Stars Festival opening concert on 3 March will feature a number of outstanding soloists. Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Atvars Lakstīgala will be joined by such guest performers as organist Iveta Apkalna, flutists Dita Krenberga, Anete Toča and Miks Vilsons, pianist Reinis Zariņš, French horn player Artūrs Šults, oboist Egils Upatnieks and clarinettist Guntis Kuzma. The concert programme will include Samuel Barber’s “Toccata Festiva” for organ and orchestra, Pēteris Vask’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Pēteris Plakidis’ Concerto for symphony orchestra “Interplay”, as well as the concluding original composition of the 12 Liepāja Concerts Series – the world premiere of Artūrs Maskats’ The 12th Liepāja Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

On 31 March, the Festival gala concert will feature Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, its principal conductor Andris Poga and Russian pianist Dmitry Masleev who will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 and Dmitry Shostakovich’s 4th Symphony.

Tickets to the 25th Liepāja International Stars Festival and other LSO concerts can be purchased in all Box Offices of “Biļešu paradīze” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.

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