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egils straume-yellow Having written a page about Egils Straume I promised to find out more about him in the newsletter and here is the product of my labours.  Egils has performed on many CDs and in many countries.  This page features several publications containing his work as well as a few additional bits about him and what he does.  Egils has performed in Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Sweden, France, Britain, Latvia, Croatia, and many other countries.  He is one of Latvia's most popular musical artists and regularly made soviet officials nervous in the past to the point of them cancelling his concerts on numerous occasions.
 Blue Moon
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Blue Moon  Richard Rodgers - 5:17
Smoke Get's In Your Eyes  Jerome Kern - 6:14
Sweet Sue Just You  Victor Young - 5:23
Amapola  Joseph M. Lacalle - 6:35
Honeysucle Rose  Thomas Waller - 5:53
Smile  Charles Chaplin - 3:36
Green, Green Gras Of Home  Curly Putman - 7:05
Moonlight In Vermont  Carl Suessdorf - 6:04
Lullaby Of Birdland  George Shearing - 7:53
Mona Lisa  Ray Evans - 5:27
My Heart Belongs To You  Franz Lehar - 7:57
blue moon cd The insert with the Blue Moon CD (pictured on the right) contains the following information:
The Riga Jazz Trio plays acoustic music based on Indo-European and classical jazz traditions.  The music is also influenced by the so called "third stream music".  The critics say: "... one of the best free jazz groups in the East European countries".  Played in Germany, France, Scandinavia, England, Greece, Iceland and other European countries.
             
  egils straume    maris briezkalns    ivars galenieks  
  EGILS
STRAUME
  MARIS
BRIEZKALNS
  IVARS
GALENIEKS
 
  Altosax, piano   Percussion   Contrabass  
             
  Egils has composed and performed on over 20 LP's with different styles of music and musicians.  He also performed in Japan, Philiphines, Germany, Sweden, France, and many other European countries.  A versatile and solidly trained artist.  One of the East European contries most famous young composers.
  One of the most famous jazz musicians in the East European Countries.  He has performed on over 20 LP's with a variety of musicians including Grover Washington, Cecil Taylor and Ted Curson.  He has also performed at many major jazz festivals in Europe and in Russia.
  He was a member of the Latvian State Academic Symphony Orchestra.  Ivars has performed on many LP's with other famous artists.  He has appeared at all major festivals in Russia and Europe.
 
             
PRODUCER - INTERNATIONAL
NEW MUSIC CENTER
25 Jelgavas Str., Riga, LV-1004, Latvia
Phone/Fax 371 7828538
RECORDED IN RIGA RADIO, 1998
Sound egineer - Janis Lacis
Designer - Liga Kupla
Printed in Sweden
 LIVE IN EUROCONCERT
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Ja-Da.  Bob Carleton. - 6:02
I can't give you anything but love.  Jimmy McHugh. - 6:03
Smoke Get,s in Your Eyes.  Jerome Kern. - 6:22
Green, Green Grass Of Home.  Curly Putman. - 7:04
Take Five.  Paul Desmond. - 6:20
Tea for Two.  Vincent Joumans. - 7:07
Autumn Leaves.  Joseph Kosma. - 6:42
Caravan.  Duke Ellington. - 6:59
The sleave jacket also contains the following stuff:
             
  egils straume    maris briezkalns    ivars galenieks  
  Egils
Straume
  Maris
Briezkalns
  Ivars
Galenieks
 
  altosax, sopranosax, clarinet, recorder, piano   percussion   contra bass  
             
  Egils has composed and performed on over 20 LP's with different styles of music and musicians.  He also performed in Japan, Philiphines, Germany, Sweden, France, and many other European countries.  A versatile and solidly trained artist.  One of the former Soviet Unions most famous young composers.
  One of the most famous jazz musicians in the former Soviet Union.  He has performed on over 20 LP's with a variety of musicians including Grover Washington, Cecil Taylor and Ted Curson.  He has also performed at many major jazzfestivals in Europe and in the former Soviet Union.
  He was a member of the Latvian State Academic Symphonic Orchestra.  Ivars has performed on many LP's with other famous artists.  He has appeared at all major festivals in the former Soviet Union and Europe.
 
             
Supported by air Baltic

PRODUCER - INTERNATIONAL NEW MUSIC CENTRE
25 Jelgavas Str., Riga, LV-1004, Latvia, phone/fax 371-7828538
Recorded and mixed by Janis Lacis
Designed by Dina Dzelme
Printed in Sweden
 Piano Duo Nora & Raffi
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Composition for blockflute and piano duo - 15:02
"In memoriam" for alto sax and piano duo - 10:19
"About the dead Baltic Sea" for clarinet and
    piano duo - 10:47
Composition for alto sax and piano duo - 7:21
Concerto Ch+Ch (Challenger and Chernobyl)
    for alto sax, string orchestra and piano duo - 22:18
On the front of the sleave jacket it says:
COMPOSER EGILS STRAUME
Piano Duo Nora & Raffi
LIVE IN SWITZERLAND AND CROATIA
LITHUANIA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTOR SAULIUS SONDECKIS
And on the back of the sleave jacket it has:
Saulius Sondeckis The Lithuanian Saulius Sondeckis wanted to be a violinist, but when he conducted the Vilnius string orchestra, his real talent appeared.  He studied conducting at the Moscow Conservatoire by Igor Markevich.  His string orchestra soon became known and after successful concerts in Budapest and Holland acquires the gold medal at the International Orchestra Contest in Berlin in 1976.  Since then Sondeckis conducts the Lithuanian Chanber Orchestra; Schnittke wrote his 3rd Concerto grosso for this orchestra.  Sondeckis and his musicians have recorded several CDs.  Today Sondeckis works internationally as well and is invited to guest performances at cocert halls and festivals all over the world.
small blue moon
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5 YEARS IN THE BALTICS ANNIVERSARY CD

There is an inner sleave also with lots of info (this is copied verbatim below including spelling mistakes and weird grammar)...
nora and raffi egils straume This is the result of a successful co-operation of three outstanding contemporary musicians from the Baltic's.  Composer and performer on wind instruments Egils Straume and Riga piano duo - Nora Novik and Raffi Kharadzanjan already for ten years have been working together.  Their mutual co-operation develops in two directions they have created a whole series of multitable expressive compositions as well as made significant concert tours.  This CD is presenting the repertoire which the three musicians have festivals in Croatia /1989/ and Switzerland /Boswil/ /1996/.  In Zagreb Biennially they performed together with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra conducted by the famous maestro Saulius Sondeckis.

Like unconstrained improvisation develops his Composition for Flute and Two Pianos /1994/.  It seems to reflect a hazy landscape.  Contrasting to the melancholic mood and illuminated sadness are the threatening hell tolls.  Free, spontaneous features of development are characteristic also for the piece for alto-saxophone and two pianos "In Memorium" /1992/.  It is the artist's reaction to the documentary operator's Andris Slapins tragic death.  Besides unceasing sorrow and meditation it also expresses author's protest.

Like in other E. Straume's works the use of musical instruments is untraditional -lg. musicians play on the piano strings in various ways.  Colourful sound solutions next to avant-garde methods of composition are characteristic for "About the dead Baltic Sea" /1980/.  With this "ecological" music E. Straume warns the Latvian nation of possibility of losing the common environment, as it is being brutally exploited, the nature is seriously marred.  This opus is for clarinet and two pianos.  Elegant and lively is the Composition for Alto-Saxophone and piano duo /1988/.  That is a jazz piece about the light sides of life full of imagination and fantasy.

Full of conflicts is the conceptual composition "Concerto Che-Che" for alto-saxophone, two pianos and string orchestra /1985/86/, which is peculiar for the unique, cast of performers.  With contemporary means of composition the composer expresses his emotional attitude towards the two most tragic Universe scale events on two continents the Chernobyl catastrophe and the destruction of the "Challenger".  The concert has two parts based on the contrast between the lively, stormy 1st part and intended static altitude in the 2nd where in the major part movements are as if frozen to stand-still.  Only on this lange scale can you experience the aggressiveness of the rhythem and unbending pressure.  The composer offers his alternative - from chaos there comes children song's motive-naive and bright.  Perhaps it's the hope?  Perhaps not all is lost yet?  Perhaps Mankind will still have time to reconsider...?

Egils Straume /born 1950. Riga/ is a many-sided and creative personality.  A brilliant saxophonist, leading his own jazz trio, an excellent clarinet player.  He is also an original composer with splendid technique - author of numerous opuses, including an opera, oratorios, instrumental concerts, choral and vocal cycles.  E. Straumes music is interesting for its rhythmic impulsiveness, originality and freshness of timbres.  The composer creates fascinating melodies, expressing romantic, tenderly sentimental feelings, although in the restrained manner of a real Northerner.  He also arranges folk song motifs.

E. Straume is a superb performer, virtuoso instrumentalist as well as a enthusiastic organiser.  He is the director of the Riga International New Music Centre, has ten years experience in organising concerts, lectures, workshops etc. of contemporary music.  I.N.M.C. is also the organiser of the largest contemporary music festival in the Baltic - the annual New Music Forum, which is held in Riga and other towns of Latvia, comprises more than 60 concerts and masterclasses E. Straume acquired higher education at the Latvian State Conservatoire /1974 - Prof. E. Mednis clarinets class 1980 - compositioon class of Prof. V. Utkins/.  He improved his skills at the post graduate course of the Moscow Conservatoire with Prof. A. Leman..

1. Composition for blockflute and piano duo ... 15:02
2. "In memoriam" for alto sax and piano duo ... 10:19
3. "About the dead Baltic Sea" for clarinet and piano duo ... 10:47
4. Composition for alto sax and piano duo ... 7:21
5. Concerto Ch+Ch (Challenger and Chernobyl) for alto sax, string orchestra and piano duo ... 22:18
Total ... 65:47

Egils Straume /blockflute/ (1.), /alto sax/ (2.,4.,5.), /clarinet/ (3.)
Nora Novika /piano/,
Raffi Kharadzanjan /piano/
Lithuanian chamber orchestra, conductor Saulius Sondeckis (5.)
Live recorded in Switzerland /Boswil/ 1995 (1.,2.,3.,4.)
Live recorded in Croatia /Zagreb Biennially/ 1989 (5.)
Digital editing and mastering engineer Janis Lacis
Designer Janis Straume
PRODUCER INTERNATIONAL NEW MUSIC CENTER
25 Jelgavas Str. Riga. LV-1004, Latvia.
Phone/fax 371 7828538
Printed in Sweden, 2000.
 IN MEMORIAM ANDRIS SLAPINS
in memoriam andris slapins cd cover There is no track listing on this CD and the inside of the front cover contains the following with photo... in memoriam andris slapins cd front inside cover

The Riga Jazz Trio is known for its acoustic music based on IndoEuropen and classical jazz traditions.  The music is also influenced by so called "third stream music".  The critics say they are "one of the best free form jazz groups in the former Soviet Union".  Have performed in Germany, France, Scandinavia, England, Greece, and other countries.

     Supported by air Baltic
     PRODUCER - INTERNATIONAL NEW MUSIC CENTRE
     25 Jelgavas Str., Riga, LV 1004, Latvia,
     phone/fax 371-7828538
     Recorded and mixed by Janis Lacis
     Designed by Dina Dzelme
     Printed in Sweden
There is also an insert containing the following:

IN MEMORIAM ANDRIS SLAPINS
Composer Egils Straume

The impulse for the composition was the tragic death of cameraman and documentary film producer Andris Slapins, being shot during the barricade time of 1991 in Riga.  Having been an extremely popular person in Latvia, his death was perceived as personally as possible by almost everybody here, then what to say about Egils Straume, whose co-operation with Andris Slapins started already with composing music for his first film "The Liivi Songs" in 1975, and lasted till the very end, including the music written for the very last, unfinished film "The Baltic Saga".  Andris Slapins managed to fix already 25 hours of material reflecting the end and after-effects World War II in Latvia, which, as you may know, have lasted for 50 years and included deportations, Siberian labour camps, exile.

Three Latvian folk songs are quoted there, not only forming the diatonic modal patterns, but defining more exactly the content as well, two of them being orphan songs, but the last one - for many years a symbolic manifestation of consolidation and persistence of the Latvian nation, a symbolic national anthem whilst the real national anthem was forbidden.

             
  egils straume    maris briezkalns    ivars galenieks  
  EGILS
STRAUME
  MARIS
BRIEZKALNS
  IVARS
GALENIEKS
 
  altosax, sopranosax, clarinet, recorder, piano   percussion   contra bass  
             
  Egils has composed and performed on over 20 LP's with different styles of music and musicians.  He also performed in Japan, Pilipphines, Germany, Sweden, France and many other European countries.  A versatile and solidly trained artist.  One of the former Soviet Unions most famous young composers.
  One of the most famous jazz musicians in the former Soviet Union.  He has performed on over 20 LP's with a variety of musicians including Grover Washington, Cecil Taylor and Ted Curson.  He has also performed at many major jazz festivals in Europe and the former Soviet Union.
  He is a member of the Latvian State Academic Symphony Orchestra.  Ivars has performed on many LP's with other famous artists.
 
             

and the back of the cd box contains this picture with the following text
in memoriam andris slapins cd back cover
with compliments
Grand Opening 9th March, 1996

Performed and recorded live at the
Radisson SAS
DAUGAVA HOTEL RIGA
on February 23, 1996.
Address: 24 Kugu Street, Riga, LV - 1048, Latvia

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