J. Bournisien

The name of the ensemble, „savadi“, is a Latvian term which can be translated as „in a different way“. Which is not to say that the ensemble simply wants to do things „differently“ -- rather, the name expresses their intent to question traditional or rigid forms and develop new ones where necessary.

Ensemble savadi incorporates the performance space in the programme planning wherever possible, to the extent of staging entire concerts: the scenic concert „Se m'amate io v'adoro“ for the Freunde Alter Musik Basel, for example, staged by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Joachim Schlömer, or „Zefiro torna“, staged by Ann Allen (UK), in which artist Adrian Rovatkay painted visual representations of and commentaries on the performed pieces in real time.