Justina Repečkaitė

Composer

Justina Repeckaite

     Repečkaitė cultivates particularly strict manner of writing. In this kind of music every move and detail is accurately prospected, the primal conception develops in to a well calculated system where all important aspects are balanced. Even music written for small ensembles has a degree of monumentality, as if it was a realization of designs dictated by higher powers. Repečkaitė’s musical language is complicated, but clear and readable. Gravitational waves ruling a piece determine ruthlessness’s of this aesthetics and there is no attempt to daydream or spend any time in the state of beauty.  It is an intellectual move whose orbit is drawn with the sharpest pencil.
Šarūnas Nakas, composer and cultural critic

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Transduced Cursus IRCAM premiere

Posted on July 17, 2020
photo Thierry De Mey

Transduced (2020) for percussions (3 snare drums, cymbal, Tibetan bowl), 3 transducers & electronics was recently filmed at the Center Pompidou. The piece, performed by Yannick Monnot, surrounded by radiating lights of Pauline Falourd, will be streamed on the 7-8 September during Manifeste festival, Paris. Big thanks to my tutor Jean Lochard and sound engineer Jérémie Bourgogne. The Cursus IRCAM program was challenging yet fruitful learning process for me, a truly fantastic year thanks to the unique pedagogical team. 

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My participation at Cursus IRCAM was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and SACEM.

Justina Repeckaite

 

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Transduced Cursus IRCAM premiere

Posted on July 17, 2020
photo Thierry De Mey

Transduced (2020) for percussions (3 snare drums, cymbal, Tibetan bowl), 3 transducers & electronics was recently filmed at the Center Pompidou. The piece, performed by Yannick Monnot, surrounded by radiating lights of Pauline Falourd, will be streamed on the 7-8 September during Manifeste festival, Paris. Big thanks to my tutor Jean Lochard and sound engineer Jérémie Bourgogne. The Cursus IRCAM program was challenging yet fruitful learning process for me, a truly fantastic year thanks to the unique pedagogical team. 

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My participation at Cursus IRCAM was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and SACEM.

Justina Repeckaite

 

Chartres (2012) in dance and music collage

Posted on July 17, 2020
poster for dance and music collage “Present Time"

Justina’s composition Chartres (2012) for string orchestra will be featured in a contemporary dance and music project Present Time this Saturday in Klaipėda, Lithuania. It will be performed once again by Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra (artistic director, cellist Mindaugas Bačkus) in the postponed 45th Klaipėda Music Spring Festival. Dancers from the Šeiko Dance Company will embody the artistic vision of choreographers for 5 Lithuanian composer’s pieces. The project will be filmed by Lithuanian National Radio and Television.

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Oksana Griaznova who created choreography for Chartres describes the creative process:

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Microtonal Music in Central and Eastern Europe

Posted on July 17, 2020
cover of the book Microtonal Music in Central and Eastern Europe

Exemples of Justina’s systematic quarter-tone approach to composition featuring pre-compositional charts and score reductions of her compositions Tapisserie, Acupuncture and Pulsus Flatus Vox appear in Rima Povilioniene‘s article From Tone Inflection to Microdimensional Glissando: Observations on Microtonal Manner in Contemporary Lithuanian Music

The publication of the first e-edition is available for free on e-knjige website!

Few phrases from Rima Povilioniene‘s conclusions:

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Encierro back on Radio France

Posted on May 10, 2020

Starting on Monday 11th of Mai Encierro, performed by Opus 333 is back on Radio France! Each day of the week listen to one part at 13h25 and 22h55 on the radio show Création Mondiale (Alla Breve). The whole composition and more music with a composer’s portrait will air on Sunday on the 17th of May at 23h.  Symbolically Encierro, composition about confinement, will start to air on the day France emerges from lockdown.

Cursus Ircam composition

Posted on May 10, 2020
Yannick Monnot

Justina continues composing her Cursus Ircam composition to be performed by the percussionist Yannick Monnot. Due to the cancellation of the Manifeste festival the composition will be filmed in June. While awaiting the premiere, watch a short video presentation of Justina’s music available on Ircam’s website alongside other composers from the Cursus Ircam 2019-2020 program. Filmed on the 5th of November at Ircam Justina shares her love for proportion, main influences, key ideas and excerpts of her music.

Encierro on Radio France

Posted on August 24, 2019

Listen to Justina’s music on Radio France podcasts: composers portrait and Encierro in parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

On Sunday the 1st of September at 23:00 the whole composition Encierro, extracts of Designation & Expulsion, Incanta, Incantare, Fluctuationis, Cosmatesque and a composer’s portrait was played. Everyday day from Monday to Friday at 12:55 and 22:55 a part of Encierro performed by Opus 333 was played alongside an interview and presentation on the radio show Création Mondiale.

 

Review of La Cité des Dames

Posted on August 24, 2019

After the premiere of La Cité des Dames at the Abbey of Royaumont on the 7th of September, here is a review in Resmusica by Michèle Tosi:

“La Cité des Dames emprunte son titre au récit allégorique de la poétesse du Moyen-âge Christine de Pisan. Malgré l’engagement des voix et un travail très fin sur les textures, on reste un rien perplexe à l’écoute de cette trame vocale fluctuante et accidentée, qui semble gagner des aigus plus lumineux encore avant d’échouer dans le registre grave, les voix butant sur quelques mots incompréhensibles avant de s’évanouir dans le silence.”

An article about Royaumont’s concerts is on it’s website and at the newspaper of record Le Monde.

La Cité des Dames at Royaumont, France

Posted on July 26, 2019

Justina’s new composition La Cité des Dames for 6 Sopranos will be performed at Royaumont on the 7th of September by selected singers of the Voix Nouvelles Academy supervised by Donatienne Michel-Dansac.

The composition La Cité des Dames (The City of Ladies) uses the selected text from Christine’s de Pizan (1364-1430) book of the same name finished by the year 1405 in a vernacular middle French.

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Cursus Ircam 2019-2020

Posted on April 3, 2019

In 2019-2020 Justina studies Cursus IRCAM!

Cursus Ircam program for composition and computer music was initiated in 1990 under Pierre Boulez. At the end of 10 month program selected composers traditionally have their final composition presented in concert during the ManiFeste festival at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS. This year, due to the current international health crisis, instead of the concert, Cursus IRCAM performances will be filmed at the Centre Pompidou. Projects are supervised by Thierry De Mey, a team of 5 computer music designers/professors, IRCAM sound engineers and invited composers.

Radio France commission for Opus 333

Posted on February 3, 2019
Opus 333

Justina started writing a new composition for the unique saxhorn quartet Opus 333. Commissioned by Radio France, it will be recorded for the radio show Création Mondiale produced and presented by Anne Montaron. In 2015 Justina has already collaborated with one of the Opus 333 musicians Vianney Desplantes who premiered her composition Toro for euphonium and tape.

Nuit Blanche at Musée de l’Orangerie

Posted on October 3, 2018

This week-end is the Nuit Blanche in Paris! My new composition Nénuphars will be played at Musée de l’Orangerie during Night of the quartet.

“The extraordinary atmosphere of Monet Water Lilies sees 9 of the best European string quartets perform, enhancing the most beautiful string quartet repertoire pieces in one night.” Musée de l’Orangerie

Here is a teaser for the event:

Designation & Expulsion: video and review

Posted on October 2, 2018

You can still watch my composition Designation & Expulsion streamed online from Royaumont here. Thanks to Lucy GoddardJimmy Holliday and Philipp Lamprecht for such a memorable performance! A review on a concert was written by Michèle Tosi:

“Notre coup de cœur, dans ce premier concert, est pour la Lituanienne Justina Repečkaité. Designation & Expulsion pour mezzo, basse et percussion est un travail aussi fin qu’efficace sur la sonorité des mots et leur pouvoir émotionnel, dans un caractère ritualisant, rejoignant d’une certaine façon les joutes verbales des Inuits.”

Unique concert stage for INCANTA

Posted on July 2, 2018

This unique opening to the church will be a stage for my music! You can hear a part of my chamber opera INCANTA, text written by Douna Loup, on the 6th, 7th and 8th of July as a part of TOTEM(s) project here in Chartreuse Villeneuve lez Avignon. I have already started rehearsing at this Carthusian monastery with the energetic ensemble AskoSchönberg, soprano Eduarda Melo and a performer Aurélie Turlet.

Tapisserie in China

Posted on May 25, 2018

It’s the 6th ensemble playing Tapisserie! The Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble was giving an Asian premier. For now MCME is the only ensemble daring to play the piece without a conductor. The incredible flutist Ivan Bushuev is able to play and conduct simultaneously without a flaw! Tapisserie was performed by MCME both at World Music Days 2018 in Beijing and also in Chengdu, during their residency at Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

Opera Incanta

Posted on April 8, 2018
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6th-8th July 2018 a sketch of Justina’s opera Incanta (libretto by Douna Loup) will be played by Asko/Schönberg ensemble at Chartreuse in Villeneuve lez-Avignon, during Rencontres d’été festival.
www.chartreuse.org

Ensemble Le Balcon

Posted on April 8, 2018
Fluctuationis

In 2018 Justina is a composer in residence with the ensemble Le Balcon in Paris.

Le Balcon is an artistic collective that brings together an amplified orchestra, a troupe of solo singers and composers. It enriches its projects by inviting directors, videographers and choreographers to join the group.

Alongside their activities as show producers, Le Balcon is also a record label, a music publisher – Le Balcon Éditions – and a web-TV – lebalcon.tv.

www.lebalcon.com

 

Tapisserie in World Music Days 2018

Posted on April 8, 2018
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Tapisserie will represent Lithuania at ISCM World Music Days in Beijing, China in May 2018.
This piece has been played by several radios in different countries and performed by few different ensembles since its premiere by Ensemble Court-Circuit directed by David Hurpeau in 2015. It is also the second time when Justina represents Lithuania in World Music Days. Her piece Chartres was played there in 2015.
See the list of selected works for World Music Days 2018.
Read the announcement by Lithuanian Music Information Center.

Justina attended project TOTEM(s)

Posted on May 13, 2017
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On 9th to 13th May 2017 Justina attended project TOTEM(s) (Théâtre Opera Texte et écriture musicale – Theatre Opera Text and musical writing) at Chartreuse (Carthusian Monastery) in Villeneuve lez Avignon, France together with other composers and writers.

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Designation & Expulsion

Posted on April 3, 2019
15th century tile from Vilnius Lower Castle

Designation & Expulsion (2018) for mezzo-soprano, bass and percussion.

Performed by mezzo-soprano Lucy Goddard, bass Jimmy Holliday and percussionist Philipp Lamprecht at the Royaumont Abbey, France on the 8th of September 2018.

Designation & Expulsion (2018) uses the text of pagan Lithuanian charms from the book Lithuanian Verbal Healing Charms (2008) compiled by Daiva Vaitkevičienė. The author apply a classification of charms, two of them being Designation and Expulsion. (more…)

INCANTA

Posted on October 27, 2018

INCANTA (2018) a preview of chamber opera for Soprano, Performer, Clarinet-Bass Clarinet, Trombone, El.Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Double bass, Electronics.

Text by Douna Loup. Performed by ensemble Asko/Schönberg conducted by Joey Marijs, soprano Eduarda Melo, performer Aurélie Turlet, electronics Justina Repečkaitė at Chartreuse Villeneuve lez Avignon, 2018.

“The obstruction of a vessel that carries blood to the brain breaks the optimal blood circulation system of the brain and synaptic space. Knowing that the radius of the whole dendritic tree is about a millimetre… the continued prolongation of the axon terminates in a star-like arborization and is lost in the cerebellar night, the lateral hemisphere is bathed in liquid. <…>”

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Cosmatesque

Posted on November 30, 2017
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Cosmatesque (2017) for Symphonic Orchestra.

Commission of the festival Gaida. Performed by Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee, at Vilnius Philharmonic the 30th of November, 2017.

Cosmatesque term refers not only to a medieval style of geometric decorative inlay stonework but also to a developed symbolical system, which represents concepts and ideas of a universe structure thanks to the coded geometry.

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Toro on Score Follower

Posted on October 22, 2017
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Performed by Vianney Desplantes.

Tapisserie

Posted on June 22, 2015
The Unicorn in Captivity

Tapisserie (2015) for Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Violoncello.

Performed by Court-Circuit ensemble conducted by David Hurpeau.

Tapestry – a polychromic fabric, was an inspiration for the title of this piece of music, which has a decorative and repetitive character. (more…)

Toro

Posted on June 7, 2015
toro

Toro (2015) for Euphonium & Electronics.

Dedicated to and performed by Vianney Desplantes.
Unusual expression of euphonium fulfills the need of an animalistic sounding. (more…)

Acupuncture

Posted on January 22, 2014
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Acupuncture (2014) for Flute (Piccolo and Alto), Clarinet (both in Bb and Bass), Piano, Violin, Alto, Cello.

Performed by Spectra Ensemble conducted by Filip Rathé. In memory of Dalia Baroniene, the acupuncture master.

This composition explores attacks of sounds, it’s continuity and motion connecting this material in a metaforic way with Acupuncture. (more…)

Chartres

Posted on January 22, 2012
Chartres Cathedral south rose

Chartres (2012) string orchestra (9 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, double-bass).

Performed by St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karolis Variakojis.

The inspiration of Chartres is an insight into Chartres Cathedral south rose, which depicts the Apocalypse according to Saint John. XIIIth century glass window is dominated by images of old-men holding string instruments. (more…)