Matīss Čudars

Matīss Čudars is one of the most versatile Latvian guitarists. The musician studied at the Riga Cathedral Choir School and at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In recent years he turns more and more frequently to creating new work — he has composed academic music for the Latvian Radio Choir, the national chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga and for the Latvian Radio Big Band. He has co-written songs for the rock group Spāre, the jazz trio Auziņš – Čudars – Arutyunyan, the Belgian-Latvian experimental pop ensemble How Town and other musicians. He has won many international competitions and was nominated in the category Musician of the Year at the Latvian Great Music Awards in 2018. In 2019 he received the recording award, Zelta mikrofons, for the trio Auziņš – Čudars – Arutyunyan’s album Baltic.

The musician takes solo guitar very seriously playing both his own and other’s compositions, as well as transposing pieces meant for other instruments to guitar.

Improvisation is important to Čudars’ performances — both free improvisation and improvisation based on his and other composer’s work. He characterises his own music as an eclectic mosaic shaped by his colourful experience of various genres and aesthetics, from math-metal to Gregorian chants.

 

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