April 22 – May 2, 2021
Developing a contemporary music network within the Baltics is our common wish, therefore, the Estonian Composers’ Union, the Latvian Composers’ Union and the Lithuanian Composers’ Union are joining forces to tighten the musical ties.
Estonian Music Days, a festival with 42 years of history, will bring together the first edition of Baltic Music Days 2021 which will take place in Estonia. The following festivals are planned in Kaunas (2022), in Riga (2023), and again in Tallinn (2024).
Every year the Estonian Music Days festival has a theme permeating it’s concerts. The focus of the 2021 festival is “DNA”, which seeks a dialogue between our biological genetics, cultural origins, musical thinking and science.
Behind our desire to know who we are and where we come from is the inner need to be connected to the essential network of life. DNA is the carrier of the essential information.
DNA genetic testing is becoming more and more popular. It is a gradually emerging (mis)understanding that rises from the analyzes that can radically change our perception of origin.
However, the genetic DNA does not express our cultural DNA, the experience of living.
What is our cultural, the musical DNA? In our work, how much do we dare to go back to our honest inner expression no matter how strange and inappropriate it may be? How much do we try to respond to certain trends that meet the expectations of a narrow circle? A wider circle?
What are the functions of music and creation today that give an environment and a sound box to our musical DNA? What reflects it and gives it a right to exist?
The genetic DNA of Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians is very similar but we are different in our cultures. The music meetup in our Baltic peers allows us to observe what unites us and what distinguishes us.