„Kuncendorfs un Osendovskis” is one of the best-known Latvian avant-garde music examples, where the experimental sound manner of Hardijs Lediņš merges with his accomplice’s Juris Boiko texts addressing philosophical stories of Alfred, July, a man with a cigarette, the mythical place China and other characters who wander through life. The album “Kuncendorfs un Osendovskis” was recorded in 1984 at DIY home recording studios in Bānūži and Pārdaugava, Ingus Baušķenieks produced it in 1985.
The handing over of “Kuncendorfs un Osendovskis” to “the gentle hands of the academics” in a sense continues LLMC ironic and courageous idea of canonizing Hardijs Lediņš through highlighting his personality’s and oeuvre’s timeless nature, which has been able to transform and keep it’s actuality.
The arrangement is made by Platons Buravickis, who has already proven himself in the field of contemporary academic music. Musicologist Orests Silabriedis says: “New composer Platons Buravickis is an absolutely extraordinary person, he is well suited to work with the oeuvre of NSRD, because this guy, with an elegant bow tie and fancy shoes, knows the extremes of life – he has worked in the atmosphere of vessel manufacturing and at the same time he has felt the magic of art world, from an old-fashioned piano to the latest advances in modern electronics.”
Called the “patriarch of multi-media”, Hardijs Lediņš was an extraordinary person, who came onto the Latvian art scene at the end of the 1970s. He shaped and greatly inspired a broad field of alternative culture, following processes of world culture that were relevant at the time and integrating them in the artistic environment of Latvia in an original way. Together with his like-minded contemporaries, Hardijs Lediņš made musical recordings, performances, actions and interventions, which revealed a language that was innovative for the time and had not been expressed. Among his most important works, one could mention the work of NSRD (Nebijušu sajūtu restaurācijas darbnīcas) (Workshop for the Restoration of Unfelt Sensations) and the already legendary Walks to Bolderāja, the exhibition “Vējš vītolos” (Wind in the Willows), the performance “Dr. Enesera binokulāro deju kursi” (Dr. Enesers’s Binocular Dance Courses) in the Botanical Garden of Salaspils, the Aptuvenās mākslas (Approximate Art) exhibitions, as well as the “Tranzwelt Telefon Konzert”, in which music was played simultaneously from six cities around around the world, and the opera “Rolstein on the Beach”, among others.
Hardijs Lediņš is one of the most dynamic sources of influence for following generations of artists – in referencing his creative legacy, people are continuing to interpret his music, system of images and visual language, and have also continued the tradition of the walks to Bolderāja. In marking the year of this anniversary, the LCCA has chosen to turn broader attention on this unique individual and accentuate Hardijs Lediņš’s role in Latvian culture by showing his equally weighty role when compared to the accepted canon of important figures in Latvian culture.
Orests Silabriedis, soloist
Inguna Rubene (NSRD), soloist
Conductor Normunds Šnē