Latvian pianist Kristaps Vanadziņš latest song "Sicillian Dinner" from the upcoming live album "Portrets" offers Italian-style drama, which will also engage listeners during the artist's solo tour this September. On stage together with the audience, Vanadziņš will not only improvise, but the audience will also have the opportunity to break dishes in Italian style.
“The composition "Sicillian Dinner" is a game with the audience, where I have invited people on stage, and they complement the performance with percussion and various explosive objects. It is a lively and fun interplay for those who participate and those who listen. This will be a 'live' album with audience involvement, emotion, and literal closeness. It was recorded during my solo concert in the "Stories by Piano" concert series organized by “Hanzas Perons” last year," says Vanadziņš.
The single is a testament to the dynamics of life and the change of events. The musician acts out an Italian-style drama with a randomly selected audience, culminating in a real dish-breaking.
The album "Portraits" consists of nine pieces - six are improvised portraits of the audience, created in the given circumstances - here and now, while three pieces are the pianist's original music. The live recording in “Hanzas Perons” is a unique cultural event for Latvia, where the audience has the opportunity to look into the moment of the artist's creation and be a part of it.
When asked about plans, Kristaps answers:
"The concert series of our album "Love Garden Has Overgrown" is still relevant in my Trio's plans, which we have shown in almost all regions of Latvia, but this music can be played again, and again, the audience loves it. Also, my autumn solo concert tour is not far, for which I am preparing in full force."
Kristaps Vanadziņš is one of the most brilliant Latvian jazz pianists nowadays, who has brought jazz trio compositions back into the music space. In the repertoire of his jazz ensembles, several genres always come together, and unusual harmonic solutions and creative novelties can be heard in the compositions played. Vanadziņš Trio's vinyl album "The Love Garden Has Overgrown", recorded by "Jersika Records", received the latvian music award "Zelta Mikrofons'22" in the jazz and funk category, and was also nominated for the “Album of the Year” 2022.