RŪTA VITKAUSKAITĖ (LT)

Sravati is a Sanskrit word that is related to Lithuanian verb ‘srovena,’ which means ‘it is flowing / running.’ The structure of this piece is a flow – from one section to another, interchanging between small and narrow, wide and powerful currents. Those currents are of mind, or sound and air (and there is a lot of air that moves along the pipes in traditional organ), as well as electric currents (because in this concert we are listening to an electric organ), and light currents, and finally, subtle currents that we cannot see or hear. The piece was composed in 2020 as a festival commission.

Rūta Vitkauskaitė’s (b. 1984) musical interests are widely varied: while working in the field of classical composition, she has also dedicated much of her time to research into collaborative music creation and music personalisation. Rūta has recently obtained PhD in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she focused on audience engagement and collective music creation. Her collaborative electro-acoustic opera for blind-folded audience, Confessions, created by the Spatial Opera Company, has won Golden Stage Cross in Lithuania a few years ago, and since then has toured across Lithuania, Sweden and the EU. Her Walking Opera (co-created with the local communities and presented as a sound-walk around local areas) has been premiered in Aarhus Capital of Culture 2017, and re-created in Notting Hill, London.

Dainius Sverdiolas (b. 1956) was educated as choral conductor and organist at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre where he studied with Prof. Hermanas Perelšteinas and Prof. Leopoldas Digrys. He later honed his organ techniques at master classes in Weimar (Germany) and Haarlem (the Netherlands). Since 1981, he has taught choral conducting at the Vilnius Conservatory where he has been subsequently appointed Head of Organ Class from 1992 to 2005. In 1997, he founded Organum, a musical instruments retail company, which is the authorized representative for Steinway & Sons, Yamaha, and Bösendorfer pianos in Lithuania.

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