Jazeps Medins Riga Music Secondary School’s Symphonic Wind Band, founded in 1927, is one of the oldest symphonic wind bands in Latvia. They established a training orchestra in 1947.
Over the past five years, the orchestra has become a serious player among the Latvian amateur wind orchestras. Under the guidance of conductors Janis Retenais and Andis Karelis, the orchestra has set high achievements and goals.
Since 2010, the orchestra participates in the international “Riga BRASS SYMPOSIUM” closing concert and the Baltic brass band and ensemble forum. Also, the orchestra regularly produces a variety of Christmas programmes in collaboration with the JMRMV’s choir, as well as the Republic Day programme.
The orchestra is an excellent practice tool for future wind orchestra conductors, as in the 4th year of school, those students studying orchestral conducting, have the experience of working with this orchestra.
Each orchestra will play a programme of 45 - 60 minutes, including the test piece “Cerebral Vortex”. This composition was written by Øyvind Moe. He composed this for Musikkforeningen Nidarholm for their participation in the World Music Contest in Kerkrade (2009, NL). The composition is published by Norsk Noteservice.
The title refers to a form of writer’s block caused not by lack of ideas, but rather by the inability to channel and give form to the madness swirling inside the head of someone with a great desire to express something. In this respect, the piece can be said to be a composer’s exercise in keeping focus. A limited amount of material is repeated and treated creating a development that always has a solid anchor point. This is emphasized by the return to the opening theme towards the end.
Moe’s musical background lies in the bands of his home town of Bergen, Norway. He studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where his teachers included Bjørn Kruse, Henrik Hellstenius, Lasse Thoresen, Asbjørn Schaathun, and Olav Anton Thommesen. He also studied musicology and music technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), as well as software development at the Bergen University College.As a performer, he has many years of experience playing the saxophone in several of Norway’s leading amateur wind orchestras.
Geregistreerd tijdens ECWO European Championship for Wind Orchestras May 20 – 21, 2016
In The Great Hall of TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, the Netherlands door Mirasound Media Services.