Putni and Tapestry premiere Duan Amhairghine at St. John’s Church in Riga, Latvia, June 13

foto11.jpgThe Boston-based and Riga-based women’s vocal ensembles Tapestry and Putni will come together for a concert evening featuring Baltic and Celtic music traditions, including the premiere of my Duan Amhairghine (Song of Amergin), a setting of a 12th century poem in old Irish Gaelic for violin, cello, percussion and the combined forces of Putni and Tapestry. The piece was commissioned for this concert by the VKKF (State Culture Capital Fund) of Latvia. The concert will take place on Friday, June 13 at 7PM at St. John’s Church in Riga, Latvia.
Other composers on the program include Robert Kyr and James Falzone. Guest performers include Shira Kammen (violin, USA), Ivars Bezprozvanovs (cello, Latvia)
and myself on percussion, playing the native Latvian shamanabunga for my piece and the doumbek on James Falzone’s Beri’ah.

The Boston-based TAPESTRY and the Latvian ensemble PUTNI are renowned not only for their vocal splendor, but also for their ambitious programming of traditional and contemporary works. The groups will sing separately and together in specially arranged selections, including new works composed by Latvian and American composers.

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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

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