Justina Repečkaitė

Composer

     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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Atelier contemporain & premiere

Posted on November 19, 2022
CRR de Paris flyer

Justina Repeckaite is invited to present her music at Atelier contemporain of Suzanne Giraud at CRR of Paris on the 21st of November 14h30 – 17h30. The presentation, destined for composition class students, is also open to the public and will take place on the eve of the premiere of Justina’s composition Filage by ensemble Court-Circuit, conducted by Jean Deroyer.

Filage received a grant of Aide à l’écriture d’une œuvre musicale originale by the Ministry of Culture of France. Court-Circuit already premiered Justina’s music in 2015: Tapisserie was since played by 13 different ensembles all over the world.

French Ministry of Culture logo.

French Ministry of Culture logo.

Court-Circuit rehearsing Filage

Court-Circuit rehearsing Filage

The program of the concert So nah so fern on the 22st of Novembe rat CRR of Paris:

Justina REPEČKAITĖ – Filage (2022, world premiere)
Adrien TRYBUCKI -Unobtainium (2022, world premiere)
Philippe HURELSo nah so fern I (2016) & II (2022, world premiere)

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ISCM Unbenannt-2

Posted on November 19, 2022
ISCM centenary concert

For the ISCM, – International Society for Contemporary Music Centenary, 100th-anniversary concerts were held in Vilnius.  On the 7th of October the string quartet Chordos played Justina’s piece Unbenannt-2 (2016) at Kasiulio Museum. The piece was already performed by Chordos quartet in 2020 during the festival  Muzikos Ruduo, Vilnius.

Unbenannt-2 is inspired by the painting of Sam Grigorian of the same title and was premiered by the Ensemble X.Y. during interdisciplinary Hassfest international Art & Music festival in Yerevan, Armenia.

International Society for Contemporary Music Centenary logo.

International Society for Contemporary Music Centenary logo.

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Baltic Music Days 2022

Posted on November 19, 2022
Ensemble for Music of Tallinn concert VIZIJOS

In 2022 Baltic Music Days festival was held in Kaunas, the European capital of culture this year. Ensemble for New Music Tallinn, conducted by Arash Yazdani, gave a concert at Kaunas Philharmonic, streamed on Lithuanian & Estonian national radios. Alongside pieces by Santa BUSS (LV), Märt-Matis LILL (EE), Sami KLEMOLA (FL) & Elis HALLIK (EE) they played Repeckaite’s  Acupuncture (2014) for ensemble. This piece was already played by the Ensemble for New Music Tallinn in Baltic Music Days 2021 in Tallinn and later in the festival  MusicOlomouc, Czech Republic and MARCO Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, Spain. (more…)

New piece for Court-Circuit

Posted on August 12, 2022
Ensemble Court-Circuit logo.

Justina is currently writing a new piece, Filage, for Court-Circuit ensemble: flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello, and double-bass. The commission is a grant from the French Ministry of Culture. Filage will premiere on the 22th of November 2022 at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris alongside music by Philippe Hurel and Adrien Trybucki.

Justina‘s music was already premiered by the ensemble Court-Circuit in 2015, – Tapisserie was then conducted by David Hurpeau. Since then Tapisserie was performed by 13 ensembles worldwide.French Ministry of Culture logo.

Tapisserie in Munich

Posted on June 22, 2022
The Unicorn in Captivity, one of the series of seven tapestries The Hunt of the Unicorn.

On the 21th of July der/gelbe.klang ensemble gives carte blanche to the composer and conductor Vykintas Baltakas, who included Justina’s piece Tapisserie (2015) in the concert. Baltakas already conducted Repeckaite’s music in Gaida festival, and then recorded an album Contemporary Music Series: Lithuania (2016) with LENsemble. der/gelbe/klang conducted by Armando Merino already played Pulsus Flatus Vox and the ensemble members Mathias Lachenmayr (percussion) & Marco Riccelli (piano) played Justina’s music during an open studio concert of her residency at Villa Waldberta.

The concert will take place at  Schwere Reiter, Munich. Full program of the concert: (more…)

Atropine in Zürich

Posted on June 22, 2022
Wie klingt Europa heute? program

Wie klingt Europa heute? is the name of the concert program in Zürich where Collegium Novum Zürich will perform Repeckaite’s composition Atropine (2022) for brass trio and electronics. Commission of  Electrocution  festival Atropine premiered earlier this year in Brest, France. Learn more about Atropine and check the streamed performance here.

Wie klingt Europa heute? program on the 25th of June at Museum für Gestaltung: (more…)

Chartres (2012) in Australia

Posted on June 22, 2022
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Obscura program.

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Elena Schwarz will perform Chartres (2012) for string orchestra in their program Obscura III on the 4th of August.

Obscura series is a a multi-sensory voyage. TSO media release:

“Described as ‘a realm where music, light and vision come together’, Obscura is a new concert series designed to connect with audiences seeking something different from the usual concert hall experience. Obscura will deliver the slightly experimental and off-beat alongside more standard works. (more…)

Transduced (2020) in Colombia

Posted on May 1, 2022
Project Ohr

In April-May the percussion duo Project Ohr (Juliana Santacruz & Romane Bouffioux) are touring in Colombia: Bogota, Suiza, Medellín & Apartado. In their concert program Justina’s piece Transduced (2020) for percussion, 3 transducers & electronics is included.

Romane Bouffioux already performed Justina’s music during Darmstadt Summer Course where she was one of the performers of the premiere of Pulsating Skin (2021) for 4 snare drums and electronics.

La Cité des Dames in Stuttgart

Posted on May 1, 2022
Kollektiv Trigger

Justina’s composition  La Cité des Dames (2019) for 6 sopranos will be performed in a new version for 4 voices by Kollektiv Trigger at 19h on the 1st of May at Hospitalkirsche, Stuttgart.

The concert named La Cité des Dames, is a debut of Kollektiv Trigger  and also features music by Giacinto Scelsi, Rytis Mazulis, Kaija Saariaho & Anna Arkushyna. Justina’s composition La Cité des Dames commissioned by the Royaumont Foundation premiered on the 7th of September 2019 by selected singers of the Voix Nouvelles Academy conducted by Donatienne Michel-Dansac.

Artist-in-Residence at Villa Waldberta

Posted on March 25, 2022
Villa Waldberta

In spring 2022 Justina Repeckaite was an artist-in-residence Munich at Villa Waldberta. During her stay she started writing a new composition for the ensemble der/gelbe/klang to be performed during the festival Code Modern.

On the 17th of June at 20h Repeckaite‘s music was performed at Villa Waldberta:

Pulsating skin (2021) for 4 snare drums and electronics.
Sturnus vulgaris cohibitus (2020) for pianist and transducers inside the piano.

A new sketch for piano, percussion & electronics (2022).

Musicians from der/gelbe/klang: Nina Takai, presentation;
Mathias Lachenmayr, percussion;
Marco Riccelli, piano;
& Justina Repečkaitė, electronics.

der/gelbe/klang already played Justina‘s composition Pulsus Flatus Vox (2014) during the festival Litauen in Baeyrn and programmed to play Tapisserie (2015) at the concert Carte Blanche! conducted by Vykintas Baltakas on the 21th of July at Schwere Reiter, Munich.

AIR-M is an artist-in-residence program of the City of Munich, and it is organized by the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich.

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TEMPO Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2021 on Pulsating Skin

Posted on January 18, 2022
Tempo , Volume 76 , Issue 299 , January 2022

In an article Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2021 from the journal TEMPO (Cambridge University Press) musicologist Max Erwin writes:

“Right next door in front of the steps leading up to the Ludwigskirche, Justina Repečkaitė’s Pulsating skin began as four snare drum membranes began to vibrate from the effect of transducers placed on their underside, just as the title promised. The four percussionists here – Corentin Barro, Romane Bouffioux, Pablo Mena, and Federico Tramontana – acted not so much as traditional action-oriented drummers but more like the gardeners or doting chaperones of the sounds their instruments produced as they evolved, a task they accomplished with both surgical focus and elegant sensitivity. This piece really just worked – it adapted to the outdoor space and transformed it, creating a new environment while somehow not backsliding into sound installation territory. To underline this point, as I write this, I can’t really remember a single specific aural event from Pulsating skin (and, since this was one of the few concerts not recorded and broadcast online, I can’t refresh my memory), but the overall impression and sensation of it – inviting, constantly changing, gritty and lustrous – are fresh in my mind. It was generally agreed that, had a Kranichstein prize been awarded this year, Repečkaitė would have been a strong frontrunner.”

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DME festival, Lisbon

Posted on January 18, 2022
MORE WITH LESS | Duo Dubois Lisboa Incomum | 22 January - 17h

Duo Dubois plays their program More with less with Justina’s piece Ciclo Continuo for soprano saxophone and percussion at the DME festival, Lisbon on the 22th of January. The commission of Justina’s new piece was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

More with less project debuted in Sweden, curated by Hertzbreakerz / Ars Nova Malmö with the financial support of Musikverket and since was played in different European countries including Germany, Italy & Belgium. Check the trailer of the program : (more…)

Ensemble for New Music Tallinn concert on radio

Posted on January 17, 2022
Ensemble for New Music Tallinn concert poster from the festival MusicOlomouc.

Ensemble for New Music Tallinn, conducted by Arash Yazdani, performed Justina’s compositions Acupuncture (2014) & Tapisserie (2015) during the festival MusicOlomouc, Czech Republic. Listen to the concert on the Czech Radio.

It’s the 2nd time Repeckaite’s compositions Acupuncture (2014) & Tapisserie (2015) are played in the same concert, they were performed together by the Ithaca College Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (cond. Kin Szeto).

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Nouveaux Horizons

Posted on January 17, 2022
album Nouveaux Horizons

An album of the 1st edition of the festival Nouveaux Horizons 2020 that took place at the Grand Théâtre du Provence was released. Listen to Repeckaite’s composition Weaving among other pieces by: Vito ŽurajBenjamin AttahirChristian Mason, Joan Magrané, Yves Chauris, Elise BertrandClara Olivares, Aki Nakamura, Matteo Franceschini.

A video of the concert with Justina’s piece Weaving is still available on Arte Concert and was played on Radio France. Renaud Capuçon and Gérard Caussé continue the festival with the concerts available on Arte Concert.

Digital Showcase by Lithuanian Culture Institute

Posted on March 21, 2021
Lithuanian Art Music logo

“The Lithuanian Culture Institute and Music Information Centre invite you to the first Lithuanian Art Music showcase, which features some of the most outstanding Lithuanian composers and performers of art music today. (more…)

Rapid Eye Movements in Chicago

Posted on February 7, 2021
Rotunda from Symphony Center, Chicago.

Justina’s composition Rapid Eye Movements (2014) for alto flute, horn, violin and cello will have a USA premiere by the members of Civic Orchestra of Chicago in an Episode 2: Shared Reality.

Rapid Eye Movements was 1st performed by the Ensemble 2e2m (cond. Mathias Naon) and since then recorded by LENsemble (cond.  Vykintas Baltakas) for their album Contemporary Music Series: Lithuania (2016)

Episode 2: Shared Reality is available to watch beginning on Thursday, February 18, 2021 on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra website. (more…)

Rūta Staneviciūtė on microtonal music

Posted on December 10, 2020
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“Microtonal music is probably the most striking utopia of Lithuanian music that emerged  in between two worlds wars. For a long time it seemed that we had J.Kačinskas and 50 years in, – R.Mažulis. But when my colleges and I started to get interested in the topic we have found phenomena also in the near Soviet times. And now we have a new generation of composers whose music is rich in microtonality. For example, Justina Repečkaitė interestingly combines the Paris school of spectral music with the inspirations of medieval, Middle Eastern and traditional music.” (more…)

“Alchemy. Justina Repeckaite”

Posted on December 10, 2020
Justina's photo by Cyril Etien used for the radio show

Šarūnas Nakas, composer and cultural critic, prepared a radio essay Alchemy. Justina Repečkaitė for Lithuanian National Radio :

“It seems like Repečkaitė is some kind of a situational alchemist: her compositions are like life cycles of sonic figures, also, sounds themselves are very materialistic. Processes are quite plant-like, truly organic: withering, germinating, unfolding, wilting, bursting into bloom, blossoming.“

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Reviews on Vellum for orchestra

Posted on November 12, 2020
Justina Repeckaite with conductor Anu Tali and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra

The result was like a zone of constant tension, where the sounds of low-pitched strings and continuous percussion laid the foundation for stability (parchment), and the sharp upward moving  impulses of string instruments and percussion accents carved this parchment with anxious words, dots, exclamations and other signs. Paulina Nalivaikaite

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“The time stoping Justina Repeckaite’s music”

Posted on November 12, 2020
Justina Repeckaite 2020

Listen to the podcast of the radio show Sound expedition (Garso ekspedicija) by Rasa Murauskaite on the Lithuanian National Radio Klasika here:

“The third Sound expedition itinerary leads to the hypnotising and time stoping Justina Repeckaite’s music labyrinth.The creator travelled from Paris to Vilnius to listen to her premiere of Vellum played at the international contemporary music festival Gaida. (more…)

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 filmed at the Center Pompidou. The piece, performed by Yannick Monnot, surrounded by radiating lights of Pauline Falourd, was 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. My participation at Cursus IRCAM was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and SACEM. (more…)

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.

Facebook event

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 (2019), 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.

 

Reviews on La Cité des Dames

Posted on August 24, 2019

royaumont logo

After the premiere of La Cité des Dames at the Abbey of Royaumont on the 7th of September,  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.”

in Anaclase by Gilles Charlassier:

“Justina Repečkaitė (née en 1989 et résidente en 2018) réunit les solistes dans une commande de la Fondation Royaumont, La cité des dames, qui s’appuie sur un extrait de l’ouvrage éponyme de Christine de Pisan (1364-1430). Longue et tenue, la ligne de chant est scandée d’accents sans altérer la fluidité, parfois aux confins de la sédation, d’un tissu sonore maîtrisé.”

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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Recordings from Villa Waldberta

Posted on August 12, 2022

Watch Mathias Lachenmayr and Justina Repeckaite perform Pulsating skin (2021) for 4 snare drums & electronics

and listen to Marco Riccelli, perform Sturnus vulgaris cohibitus  (2020) for piano and transducers inside the piano

With the presentation from Nina Takai, musicians from the ensemble der/gelbe/klang played the concert entirely dedicated to Justina Repeckaite’s music including a new sketch for piano & percussion, a piece the composer started to develop for the ensemble der/gelbe/klang to be performed in 2023. Recorded by Asparuh Tashev on the 17th of June at Villa Waldberta, Germany.

 

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Sturnus vulgaris cohibitus

Posted on August 1, 2022
a detail from Sturnus vulgaris

Sturnus vulgaris cohibitus (2020) for a pianist and transducers inside the piano.

Marco Riccelli (ensemble  der/gelbe/klang ) played the composition on the 17th of June at Villa Waldberta, Germany. Recorded by Asparuh Tashev.

Composition Sturnus vulgaris cohibitus reflects on the idea of confinement. The impact of the lockdown on nature was pronounced, as people were confined at home, (more…)

Pulsating Skin

Posted on August 1, 2022
Pulsating skin performance. Photos Santiago Villar Martín.

Watch Mathias Lachenmayr and Justina Repeckaite perform Pulsating skin (2021) for 4 snare drums & electronics.

It’s a new version for solo percussion player and a quartet of snare drums of different sizes at Villa Waldberta on the 17th of June.Premiered in Darmstadt Summer Course 2021– the international platform for contemporary and experimental musical practices, Pulsating Skin was performed several times since. (more…)

Mano Nata project (streamed concert-talk)

Posted on January 17, 2022
Concert-talk poster: Salomeja Kalvelyte (flute-, Mikas Kurtinaitis (tuba), Justina Repeckaite (composer).

With its credo Open Meet Understand (Atsiverk Pažink Suprask) Mano Nata concert-talk project invites Lithuanian composers to present their work for younger audiences. Check the video on Youtube link where in the live-streamed presentation from Lithuanian Composer’s Union Justina Repeckaite speaks about her works for solo instruments & tape: Toro, performed by the tubist Mikas Kurtinaitis & Incantare performed by the flutist Salomeja Kalvelyte. (more…)

Ciclo Continuo

Posted on August 2, 2021
Duo Dubois

Ciclo Continuo (2021) for soprano saxophone & percussion:
prepared snare drum, singing bowls, tuning forks, crotale.

Performed by Duo Dubois. Project More with less

Composition Ciclo Continuo seeks to achieve a hybrid organic timbre while associating atypical instruments to complement each other. A snare drum is used as a resonating body for the objects. (more…)

Baltic & Estonian Music Days online

Posted on March 26, 2021

Links to stream the concerts with Justina’s music: ENMT & Trio HETK. Estonian Music Days (22.04–18.05.2021) features 2 Justina’s compositions: Incantare (2018) for flute & tape will be played by Tarmo Johannes (new version for bass flute and male flutist!) and Acupuncture (2014) for ensemble by Ensemble for New Music Tallinn

Estonian Music Days, a festival with 42 years of history, will bring together the first edition of Baltic Music Days 2021. Follow the festival on Instagram or Facebook.

Justina talks about her piece Acupuncture (2014) (more…)

Vellum

Posted on February 8, 2021
The initial 'V' from the manuscript on vellum.

Vellum (2020) for Symphonic Orchestra.

Commission of the festival Gaida. Performed by Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anu Tali on the 30th of October in the Congress Hall, Vilnius.

Vellum is a “membrane” or animal skin, – a parchment to write on, widely used in the medieval ages. Vellum material represents the membrane of the drum (more…)

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.

Compare with a different recording of Designation & Expulsion from Bandcamp:

Recorded by mezzo-soprano Justina Gringytė, bass Nerijus Masevičius and percussionist Andrius Rekašius for the album Between Music and Ritual published by Music Information Center.

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.

Read more on Toro here.

Score Follower makes videos of contemporary music scores that turn pages along with the accompanying recordings.

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
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Toro (2015) for Euphonium & Electronics.

Dedicated to and performed by Vianney Desplantes.
Unusual expression of euphonium fulfils 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…)