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#10 Cold Beauty and Fragile Moments with Diana Čemerytė

#10 Cold Beauty and Fragile Moments with Diana Čemerytė

July 7, 2022

This dialogue investigates what at first seems to be a window into an ascetic and still landscape of sound, but we also experience carefully crafted complexity that is nurtured by space and breadth cleansed from chaos and demonstrating a clear musical message worthy of a special calm. We discuss aspects of early music, Gregorian chant, deep dives into the creative process and uncovering how intention and inspiration transforms into musical encounters of ruthless honesty.

Tracklist:
Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music in Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello). Compositions by Diana Čemerytė: Mondgesang from the album Mondgesänge für Blockflöte und Akkordeon (Genuin Classics, 2019), Sabine Ambos - recorders, Mirjana Petercol - accordion; Still from the album 25 Plus Piano Solo. Piano Music by 27 Women composers (Salto Records International, 2004), Ingo Stadtmüller (piano); Lamentation from the album Musik für Ravensbrück (Kulturfeste im Land Brandenburg, 2003), Tempera String Quartet; Meine Seele wartet, after listening to Bach (2020), Baltic Music Days (2021), ensemble Synaesthesis; Sicut cervus from the project Vidi Aquam: A Dialogue between Postmodern and Gregorian Chant, Joint Flute Quartet: Polina Blüthen, Vytautas Sriubikis, Vytenis Giknius, Giedrius Gelgotas; TePra I from the album Mondgesänge für Blockflöte und Akkordeon (Genuin Classics, 2019), Sabine Ambos - recorders, Mirjana Petercol - accordion; Jahre ohne Mozart (2015), the 28th International Review of Composers, Belgrade (2019), Nikola Peković (accordion), Tijana Milošević (viola), Ksenija Milošević (violin), Boris Brezovac (viola), Nemanja Stanković (cello).

#9 Weaving the Microdimensions of Music with Egidija Medekšaitė

#9 Weaving the Microdimensions of Music with Egidija Medekšaitė

May 27, 2022

The music of Egidija Medekšaitė is a culmination of interdisciplinary studies and practice writing concert music, music for dance, film and even animation. Many of her compositions are in the creative focus of utilizing textile patterns that are transformed into music as well as influences of Indian Classical music. Her calculated structural patterns result in a hypnotic and magical flow of sound and we are easily lured into an enchanting musical experience.

Tracklist:
Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music in Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello). Compositions by Egidija Medekšaitė: Sattva from the album Zoom in 13: New Art Music from Lithuania (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2019), Raimondas Sviackevičius (accordion); Megh Malhar from the album Zoom in 12: New Art Music from Lithuania (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2018), Quatuor Bozzini String Quartet: Clemens Merkel (violin), Alissa Cheung (violin), Stephanie Bozzini (viola), Isabelle Bozzini (cello); Âkâsha from the album Textile (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2017), Klaipėda chamber orchestra, artistic director – Mindaugas Bačkus; Textile 1 from the album Textile (2017), Motiejus Bazaras (I piano), Mykolas Bazaras (II piano); Sandhi Prakash from the album Textile (2017), London’s all-Australian chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru, conductor – Kelly Lovelady; Scintilla from the album Textile (2017), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor – Modestas Pitrėnas; The Pleiades (2009), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor – Robertas Šervenikas, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, 2009.

#8 Investigating the Musical Precision of Vytautas V. Jurgutis

#8 Investigating the Musical Precision of Vytautas V. Jurgutis

March 29, 2022

In this conversation, we discuss the dimensions of compositional process and style. Vytautas V. Jurgutis is truly an exponent of a new type of multi-faceted artist. He is a do-it-yourself musician, delving into primordial depths of sound. A mathematician, thinking in sophisticated musical routines of programming languages, we discover a composer of solid academic background, employing a vast modernist heritage of advanced instrumental writing and deeply engaging electronic soundscapes.

Tracklist:
Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music in Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello). Compositions by Vytautas V. Jurgutis: Su60 from the album Sound Masks (Caprice Records, 2003); Ellipses from the album zoom in 3: new music from Lithuania (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2004), Arditti Quartet: Irvine Arditti (violin), Graeme Jennings (violin), Ralf Ehlers (viola), Rohan de Saram (cello); Alpha 10 from the album Sound Masks (Caprice Records, 2003); Axis from the album Sound Masks (Caprice Records, 2003); Metroscan (2015); Terra tecta from the album zoom in 4: new music from Lithuania (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2004), Mindaugas Bačkus (cello).

#7 Music through the Prism of Language with Marius Baranauskas

#7 Music through the Prism of Language with Marius Baranauskas

February 14, 2022

In this Deep Dive, we explore the intricacies and designs of speech analysis and innovative processes that characterise an unusually deep thinker. From the richly complex solo instrument of a Tam Tam to a full orchestra, we find an infinite set of possibilities of how to master the subtleties of timbre.

​Tracklist:
Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music in Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello). Compositions by Marius Baranauskas: Talking from the album Talking (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2007), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor - Robertas Šervenikas; I Boasted Among Men from Three Visions after Tagore from the album Zoom in 8: New Music from Lithuania (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2010), Latvian Radio Choir, conductor - James Wood; The Molten Thought from the album Talking (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2007), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor - Robertas Šervenikas; 2nd Dream from Five Dreams About Metallic Fog from the album Talking (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2007), Edita Bagdonaitė - soprano; The Prayer (2007), Jonė Kaliūnaitė - viola, St. Christopher Chamber orchestra, conductor - Donatas Katkus, Saint Catherine’s Church, 2007; Delta Cephei from the album Zoom in 12: New Art Music from Lithuania (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2018), Povilas Jacunskas (cello), Tomas Kulikauskas (tam-tam).

#6 Experience the Musical Power and Impact of Raminta Šerkšnytė

#6 Experience the Musical Power and Impact of Raminta Šerkšnytė

December 29, 2021

In this conversation, we take a deep-dive into the compositional process, the experience of rehearsals and the inner dimensions of cross-cultural perspectives on a deeply fascinating musical life. Working at a world-class level, Šerkšnytė shares her personal views on accessing a meaningful intention that spans a broad range of emotions from meditation to dramatic expression. Her main artistic inspiration is the universal rules of harmony in nature with its metaphorical comparison to the archetypical states of the human mind. Working with distinguished orchestras and conductors, she searches for the coexistence of archetypes from both Western and Eastern cultures and the fusion of major and minor resulting in a special one-of-a-kind beauty.

Tracklist:
Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music in Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello). Compositions by Raminta Šerkšnytė: Fires from the album Zoom In 10: New Music from Lithuania (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2010), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor - Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; De profundis from the album Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Going for the Impossible - A Portrait (Deutsche Grammophon, 2019), Kremerata Baltica, conductor - Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; Iceberg Symphony from the album Vortex (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2007), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor - Robertas Šervenikas; Songs of Sunset and Dawn from the album Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Going for the Impossible - A Portrait (Deutsche Grammophon, 2019), Lina Dambrauskaitė (soprano), Justina Gringytė (mezzo-soprano), Tomas Pavilionis (tenor), Nerijus Masevičius (bass-baritone), Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor - Giedrė Šlekytė; Fantasia from the publication Fantasia (Music Information Centre, 2015), Raminta Šerkšnytė (piano); Sheep from Fairy-Tale of the Little Prince (2007), St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, conductor - Donatas Katkus, St Catherine’s Church, 2007.

#5 Daydreaming with Julius Aglinskas

#5 Daydreaming with Julius Aglinskas

December 8, 2021

Exploring the intuitive nature of the compositional process, Aglinskas takes us on a journey of inner dimensions exposing the complex layers of solitude, authentic, but honest melancholy and an unusual talent of relating to his listeners. The composer shows his true self with pieces composed in an introspective style reminiscent of Feldman, invoking an experience transporting the listener into a nostalgic auto-pilot. You may feel a sense of longing as you listen and surrender to this special music and conversation.

Tracklist:
Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music in Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello). Compositions by Julius Aglinskas: State of Mind (Observance) from the album Another Point of View (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2018), contemporary music ensemble Synaesthesis;  I from the album Daydreamer (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2019), musical group Apartment House; Fragments for Symphony Orchestra from the album Zoom In 11: New Art Music from Lithuania (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2015), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor - Robertas Šervenikas; ... from the album Zoom in 12: New Art Music from Lithuania (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2018), ArtVio: Ingrida Rupaitė-Petrikienė (violin), Kristijonas Venslovas (violin), Tomas Petreikis (viola), Povilas Jacunskas (cello); In Between Silence from the album Performa (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2020), Twenty Fingers Duo: Lora Kmieliauskaitė (violin), Arnas Kmieliauskas (cello).

#4 Drop in and Drop out with the Music of Justė Janulytė

#4 Drop in and Drop out with the Music of Justė Janulytė

November 9, 2021

This episode explores the music and creative process of Justė Janulytė. Her award-winning music is an inner journey and recognizable by long, slow expositions, gradual enrichment of textures as if being transported to a completely different time and place. These dimensions emerge from nowhere until you immersed in a special atmosphere while you experience an equally surprising disappearance. This virtual conversation between New York City and Milan, we discuss her many perspectives on the creative process and cultural identity.

Tracklist:
Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music In Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello). Compositions by Justė Janulytė: Apnea (2021), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor - Olari Elts, 2021; Now I’m Nowhere (2019), Estonian National Male Choir (RAM), conductor - Mikk Üleoja, 2019; The Colour of Water from the album Between Music and Ritual (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2021), Sinfonietta Riga, Arvydas Kazlauskas - saxophone, conductor - Normunds Šnē; Unanime (2020), Manuel Zurria - bass flutes, 2020; Here at the quiet limit... (2018), Estonian National Male Choir and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, conductor - Mikk Üleoja, 2018.

#3 Exploring the Artistic Dimensions of Lina Lapelytė

#3 Exploring the Artistic Dimensions of Lina Lapelytė

October 21, 2021

Lina Lapelytė is a multi-dimensional artist who captures her creative ideas in many forms. Although she is a composer, sound artist, music performer and performance artist, she explores various forms of performance and examines social issues such as displacement, otherness, aging and gender. In this podcast we discuss her current projects, her creative process, ideas around her cultural identity and how she challenges concepts of engaging with her performers. We are in conversation at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York City.

Tracklist:
Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music In Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello). Compositions by Lina Lapelytė: The Trouble With Time, Lina Lapelytė, Pirouette, solo show at Rupert, Vilnius, 2017; Sunscreen Bossa Nova I from the album Sun & Sea (Marina) (Skira, 2019), Lina Lapelytė, Vaiva Grainytė, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė; Song of Exhaustion, Workaholic’s song I from the album Sun & Sea (Marina) (Skira, 2019), Lina Lapelytė, Vaiva Grainytė, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė; Hunky Bluff, Act I, Park Nights, Serpentine Gallery, 2014 (DAATA editions 2015); Vacationers’ Chorus I from the album Sun & Sea (Marina) (Skira, 2019), Lina Lapelytė, Vaiva Grainytė, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė; Turn Me On, Lina Lapelytė (music), Eglė Budvytytė (text), 2013; Mother Earth, Lina Lapelytė, live at Roberts Institute of ArtsLondon, 2014; Touch Me from Study of Slope, Lina Lapelytė, installation at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, 2021; Mute, Lina Lapelytė & Leafcutter John, live at Jauna muzika festival, 2011; Have a Good Day! choir from the LP Have a Good day! (Operomanija, 2018), Lina Lapelytė, Vaiva Grainytė, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė.

#2 The Many Sides of Albertas Navickas

#2 The Many Sides of Albertas Navickas

September 27, 2021

In this episode we look into the creative life of San Francisco-based Lithuanian composer Albertas Navickas. Living a life of a scientist and composer, he is immersed in creative collaborations expressing many musical outpourings involving traditional instruments, voices and opera projects. The idiom, sound and aesthetics of his music remind of the forms of French culture (from Impressionism to authors heavily influenced by French music, such as Kaija Saariaho). His music of serene melancholy is supple, pastel, nuanced, formed of transparent textures and subtle dynamics, with specific acoustic colouring; it is a music of a single state (be it a chamber miniature or an opera), which spreads like an aroma and is slightly intoxicating.

Tracklist:
Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music in Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello). Compositions by Albertas Navickas: Sunrise of the West from the album Zoom In 13: New Art Music from Lithuania (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2019), Eglė Sirvydytė (voice), Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, conductor – Paul Goodwin; Midsummer Music (2006), Ąžuolas Paulauskas (clarinet), Kamilė Maruškevičiūtė (violin), Ugnė Giedraitytė (piano); Blanche t’a vu (2006), Eglė Sirvydytė (voice), Ona Jonaitytė, Simona Vaitkevičiūtė, Justinas Mačys, Ūla Čaplikaitė (flutes); Memory Lines (2017), Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, conductor - Robertas Šervenikas, Gaida Festival, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 2017; Alpha (2014), Nora Petročenko (mezzo-soprano), Nerijus Masevičius (bass), Pranas Kentra (electric guitar), Agnė Rimgailaitė (accordeon), Ignas Juzokas (electronics); Accidental (2011), PHACE Ensemble, Konzerthaus Wien, 2013; Tyla Balta ir Raudona (2005), Ugnė Giedraitytė (piano); Music of a Long Autumn (2006), Viktorija Stanelytė, Lauryna Bendžiūnaitė (sopranos), Ugnė Giedraitytė, Albertas Navickas (pianos); By Heart from the album Octets (Warner Classics, 2018), I Solisti della Scala, conductor - Andrea Vitello.

Pilot Episode: A Glimpse Into The Musical Life Of Žibuoklė Martinaitytė

Pilot Episode: A Glimpse Into The Musical Life Of Žibuoklė Martinaitytė

August 30, 2021

In this pilot episode, we discover the works of New York-based Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė which revolve around the subject of beauty which she calls both a guiding principle and an aesthetic measure for sonic quality. Her recent CD release Saudade of her orchestral works gained critical acclaim with reviews in The New York Times, Gramophone, BBC Music, and Stereophile magazines. She shares her experiences living a musical life in New York and Lithuania while sharing captivating moments of her methods and inner world.

Tracklist:
Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music in Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello).
Compositions by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė: Ephemeral from the album In Search of Lost Beauty (Starkland, 2019), FortVio: Indrė Baikštytė (piano), Ingrida Rupaitė-Petrikienė (violin), Povilas Jacunskas (cello); Horizons from the album Saudade (Ondine, 2021), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor - Giedrė Šlekytė; Blue from the album In Search of Lost Beauty (2019); III. Darkness of Light from Chiaroscuro Trilogy from the album Saudade (2021), Gabrielius Alekna (piano); Saudade from the album Saudade (2021); Millefleur from the album Saudade (2021). 

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