Skaņu Mežs is a festival for adventurous (innovative, experimental, avant-garde, etc.) music. It happens in Riga, Latvia since 2003.
The festival usually happens in the beginning of October, whereas one-off events by Skaņu Mežs happen more often.
Seeing as all forms of modern music have an experimental dimension, there is always a wide variety of musical genres represented at the festial – from electro-acoustic music, free improvisation, contemporary compisition and noise to interesting shifts in dance music, hip-hop and rock or metal.
Skaņu Mežs is a member of festival network ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound) and a co-founder of the SHAPE platform as well as one of its two coordinators. SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art is supported by the „Creative Europe” programme of the EU.
Among many others, Skaņu Mežs has presented Autechre, Merzbow, Swans, Liars, Blixa Bargeld, Battles, Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry, Roscoe Mitchell, Christian Wolff, Francois Bayle, Wadada Leo Smith, Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, James Holden, Zebra Katz, Shabazz Palaces, Evan Parker, AMM, Peter Brötzmann and Lustmord.