“Oleg” (dir. Juris Kursietis) was premiered in Cannes film festival Quinzaine program. It was a pleasure to take a small musical part in this project.
Each film scoring project is unique. Music score for “The Castle” (dir. Lina Lužytė) is no exception. However, this film demanded more unique artistic decisions than usual. Highly sensitive and peculiar aspects of the film, demanded an unconventional approaches to music composition (that was happening in the first four months of 2019s), and instrumentation - consisting of birbynės (lithuanian hornpipes), celtic harp, Čiurlionis string quartet, boy soprano and piano. Big hugs to all performers, music and sound team Arūnas Zujus, Vytautas Bedalis (Mama Studios), Saulius Urbanavičius, Jonas Maksvytis (UP records), Artbox production - Kęstutis Drazdauskas and Justė Michailinaitė, and, of course, Lina - you rock! Thanks for “The Castle” experience!
It was a great pleasure to have an opportunity to visit Royal Danish Academy of Music this week. This wonderful building is full of great professionals and passionate music lovers.
Today I had an honour to collaborate with two great musicians from Klaipėda city - Vytautas Grubliauskas and Gintas Litinskas. Vytautas recorded solo trumpet for the soundtrack of mine for the new Donatas Ulvydas romantic comedy “Ir visi jų vyrai” (engl. “Women in temptation”). Klaipėda is the third biggest city in Lithuania, and the main marine port. Since the movie plot is happening in Klaipėda, there is no better place to catch the spirit of this city than in the studio situated the centre of the city with musicians that contribute a lot to the magnificent sound of this city.
Robotic Folk - a solo electronic project of Jonas Jurkunas is presented as a video audiovisual work in Heavens Underground Printmaking in Riga exhibition. Live performance of the same composition was performed at the opening exhibition STIKLA KALNS/STIKLO KALNAS of Latvian and Lithuanian artists (curated by Iliana Veinberga (LV), Marta Vosyliute (LT) in the National Library of Latvia.
Edition Peters and me we write each other a letter once in a while. There's some publishing going on..
"Meditation" for organ solo will be performed by Karolina Juodelytė and premiere is due this Thursday, November 9th, 6 PM, at the church of St. Casimir, Vilnius. The church is regarded to have one of the best sounding organs in Lithuania.
"A Vogn Shikh" for mixed choir and chamer orchestra. Based on a poem by a poet from Vilnius Ghetto Avram Sutzkever "A Vogn Shikch" ("A Wagon of Shoes"). Performers: Vilnius municipal choir "Jauna Muzika", St. Christopher chamber orchestra, conducted by Amaury du Closel. Special thanks to Rafailas Karpis for introducing me to the poetry of A. Sutzkever. Venue: church of st. Catherine, Vilnius, 7.00 pm. For more info on the event, press here.
"Littoral Hymns" (Pamario giesmės - lith.) - jazz oratorio for jazz ensemble, mixed choir, children choir and symphony orchestra is about to be premiered open air on August the 1st 2017 in Klaipeda Theatre Square, at 10 pm.
Conductor: Vladimiras Konstantinovas
Performers: Kęstutis Vaiginis (s. t. sax), Mindaugas Vadoklis (tp), Motiejus Bazaras (keyb.), Mykolas Bazaras (bass), Benediktas Bazaras (dr); mixed choir "Brevis"; Kaunas Symphony Orchestra and others.
My music supervision experience with the L. Lužytė's full feature "Together Forever" gets 9 Silver Crane 2017 nominations. The music mostly contained my own tracks including "Kopų balsai". Congrats!!!
"Panko. Waiting for Godot" - composed theatre/electroacoustic premiere in the festival "jauna Muzika", Vilnius, Arts Printing House, April 19th, 2017.
Pavel Priazhko "Black Box" dir. D. Rabašauskas, is being premiered in Klaipeda Drama Theatre March 17th, 2017.
"Fall of the Wall" - flute, clarinet, piano and string orchestra premiere, commisioned by "Trio Opus 88" and the M. Rostropovitch foundation, for the celebration of M. Rostropovitch 90th anniversary. Performed by "Trio Opus 88" (P. Gefenas - fl, V. Giedraitis - cl, S. Zajančiauskaite - pn) and St. Christopher String Orchestra (dir. D. Katkus).
A piece for a mixed choir "Self-made String of Tiny Amber Beads Turned into (English) Numbers" got selected into the "Anthology of Lithuanian Compositional Music of 21st Century" currated by Frank J. Oteri and released by Music Information Centre Lithuania.
An anthology consists of 18 lithuanian authors' compositions in a double CD with PDF scores included.
Martynas Švėgžda von Bekker recorded a new CD including a new J. Jurkūnas piece for violin solo "Sentimental and Monotonic Variations on Non-Existent Theme".