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This is an audio-visual project with music being at the very core of it. The project emerged in stages – first music, then visuals, and the concept was inspired by a poem called “The Truth” that I wrote some years ago:
“I long to know her face, to touch her hand,
They say she’s ugly for she hides and wears all black.
Maestro God as you conduct this piece –
the rapture of which heals and kills –
Do you see her?
Is The Truth worth one child’s tears?”
The music is my own composition using digital musical instruments and blending elements of classical style and world music. Most of the footage was filmed from the top of the Montaña del Mojón volcano on the island of La Graciosa and in Germany and UK. The work explores Dostoevsky’s question of whether any higher harmony or truth is worth the tears of one child. The truth cannot be known therefore the woman in black hides her face, perhaps ashamed of her ugliness – for human cruelty knows no bounds. God conducts the music and the child, ever hopeful, looks for answers as she encounters the beauty of the world and its destruction.
“An Epilogue” differs from the traditional music video genre for it has no lyrics but still has a sketch story, which leaves ample space for subjective interpretations.
“An Epilogue” is my most recent work and follows my “Music for 2 Pianos and Tape Recorder” which has won several awards.
I am a classically trained musician, born and raised in Latvia. I moved to live in UK at the age of 25. Music, world politics and what it is to be a human being remain central to my interests and I seek to combine these in my projects. Music is my primary field of creation – I compose and teach music, but sometimes I feel the need, hesitantly but passionately, to cross into the world of filmmaking. I work mostly on my own and on a small budget.
Pacifist beliefs, art and poetry have inspired my personal vision. With my musical compositions and films I wish to make a small contribution towards the idea/practice of tearing down the physical and imaginary borders that seek to keep us divided.
My work often exceeds the form of the traditional genres, which perhaps could be seen as another step towards the idea of tearing down the walls of separation.