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IEVA MARIJA BARANAUSKAITĖ
Composer, Music Arranger, Lyricist, Vocalist, Keyboardist, Performer, Music Improviser, Sound Engineer, Sound Designer, Music Director, Educator, Event Coordinator, Manager
Biography
After graduating from Balys Dvarionas Music School in 2007 and Vilnius College in 2014, where she was studying jazz music and performing art, the composer, vocalist, manager and keyboardist Ieva Marija Baranauskaite entered the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre where she was continuing the master studies of contemporary classical music composition.

In more than ten years she has played more than 500 concerts of original material in Lithuania and abroad. She has presented her music on the TV, radio, national and international festivals. In 2010, with the band Such’a’Trip she garnered first prize at Rebel Rock festival-competition. With the band In albedo she has appeared in such international music festivals as „VOLT 2011“ (Hungary), „Vilnius Jazz 2013“ (Lithuania), “Visaginas Country 2013“ (Lithuania), “Granatos Live 2014” (Lithuania), „Šiauliai Jazz 2014” (Lithuania), „Platzhirsch Festival 2015” (Germany), “Sirenos Theater Festival 2015” (Lithuania), “Bliuzo Naktys 2016” (Lithuania) “Urban ’16 Art” (Lithuania), “Muziek Biennale 2016” (Germany) etc.

The artist is open to various projects of multiculture and art synthesis, writes various kind of music, gives masterclasses for children in Germany and in other countries. Constantly she collaborates with famous German musicians such as pianist Julia Kadel, trumpeters Markus Türk and John-Dennis Renken, double-bass players Tim Isfort and Achim Tang, saxophonist Andre Meisner and guitarist Thorsten Töpp, also with Byelorussian musicians like saxophonist Pavel Aralekian, bassist Ludmila Krukovskaya, drummers Andrei Mavrin and Dmitrij Rybakov, Danish double-bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, French musicians pianist Gauthier Toux, bassist Boris Kulenovic and drummer Maxence Sibille, New York stars Saxophonist Uri Gurvich, bassist Petros Klampanis and classical music pianist Andrius Žlabys, Polish guitarist Brian Massaka Victorsson, Canadian table player Gurpreet Chana, Norwegian musicians: pianist Tord Gustavsen, double-bassist Sigurd Hole, drummer Jarle Vespestad and other musicians, managers and artists from India, USA, Belarus, France Denmark, Germany, China etc.

In 2013, Ieva presented her project "Connections of Poetry and Music". It consisted of a series of events where Ieva would brief audiences with the biographies of various authors and read their works. The reading was accompanied by her musical improvisations on piano and vocals.

In 2016 she debuted as a composer of symphonic music at the contemporary academic music festival "Druskomanija". Her original piece „Bazm–e dāstāngo" was performed by the youth symphony orchestra under the conduction of Ričardas Šumila.

I.Baranauskaitė participated and was the artistic director of the Indian classical music and dance and jazz fusion Project "Ritme" presented in 2016, where she had the opportunity to work with the Hindu tabla master Hiren Chate. In 2017, the musician was invited to a musical workshop organized by H. Chate's organization "Beat Of A Drum" for European and Indian musicians called "Rythm Winter School". In these rhythmic, percussion and tabla workshops for Kathak dancers and musicians from different fields, I.Baranauskaitė improved her rhythmic skills by studying aspects of accompaniment in Indian styles such as Taal, Upaj and Sangat, and also had the opportunity to deepen her knowledge of the Hindustani classical music through participating in discussions, and in recording sessions. In December 2018, Ieva returned to India to perform Hiren Chate's compositions and contributed to the filming of music video clips.

As the official composer and musician of the theatre, I. Baranauskaitė successfully debuted in the performance of "Tamošius Bekepuris", directed by Cezaris Graužinis. In 2016 the piece was awarded the title of "Most Talented Interpretation of a Lithuanian Classic" in the professional theatre festival of Dalia Tamulevičiūtė, as well as being chosen as the favorite of the spectators.

In the same year, she participated in the creation and performance of the contemporary musical drama inspired by Samuel Beckett's novel "L'innomable" as a filmmaker, composer, and performer. In this project, she worked with well-known Lithuanian contemporary music performers and musicians such as Eugenijus Kanevičius, Arnas Mikalkėnas, Armantas Gečiuskas, and Antanas Dombrovskis. In 2017, she wrote music for the newest version of Cezaris Graužinis piece "Kuprota Meilė" and Dovile Lisauskienė's "Kari and the Bacteria".

In 2017 she presented the project "YRA" in collaboration with a creative group. In this project, she worked with Aleksandr Špilevoj, who in the same year was awarded the golden stage cross for directing the play „Neišmoktos Pamokos". Other colleagues included the innovative lighting artist Egle Prokopavičiūte, contemporary dancer Laura Švedaitė, actors Clotilde Solange Rigaud, Jonas Braškis, and Gabija Siurbyte.

In September 2017, Ieva visited Germany, where she presented three projects: a visual project including photography, painting and music, in collaboration with the artist Anna Polukord and the German artist Rüdiger Eichholtz, the project "In albedo and Andre Meisner" featuring Baranauskaitė's compositions, as well as a project that was based on various folk music and combined with jazz music, named "Shades Of The World". During it, she collaborated with the German saxophonist Andre Meisner.

In October-May 2017, Ieva taught improvisation, stage art, and music to Vilnius Waldorf's twelfth-grade students. With these students, she co-produced an interactive audio performance named "Blind Date" to understand the relationship between language as a controlled sound structure and music.

At the end of November 2017, Ieva was invited as a music director, musician, composer, and bandleader to present and publish an album for the rap music producer "Karpiz". In May 2018 the project won two awards for best performer of the year and the best album of the year.

In June 2018, Ieva released a vinyl called "Melquíades" and presented a musical performance with the same title with her band "In albedo". In this endeavor, she was the leader of the project, musician, composer and text author. "Melquiades" was based on parts of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' book "One hundred years of solitude" and I. Baranauskaitės original compositions. Collaborators for the project included one of the most prominent Lithuanian perfumer Laima Kiškūnė, costume designer Rūta Lendraitytė, the theatre group "Cezario grupė" under the leadership of Cezaris Graužinis, lighting artist Rimas Petrauskas, sound engineer Mantas Tamulionis, graphic designer Martynas Baranauskas, and many other artists.

In 2018 - 2019 Ieva was working as a head of the concert and event organization team and representative for partners of the venue "Paliesiaus dvaras". During her time as part of the team she has already organized high profile jazz and classical concerts for stars such as the Norwegian "Tord Gustavsen Trio", the French pianist Jean-Marc Luisada, the Lithuanian pianist Andrius Žlabis, the Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, the Spanish guitarist Juan Manuel Cañizares, the Lithuanian artist Goda Gedvilaitė, and many other famous performers.

In September 2018, the composer wrote, directed and presented an hour-long contemporary musical drama named "Gentis", which was based on Lithuanian mythology and the Hindu epic "Bhagavadgyta". The composition was specially written for a choir, jazz music group, string quartet, dancers and five soloists.

In this project she worked with libretto author Arūnas Kazlauskas, drummer Rokas Beliukevičius, singers and actors Julius Andrikonis, Dainius Balsys, Darius Krasauskas, Anna Polukord, Paulina Simutytė, Inga Šepetkaitė, Liucija Nanartavičiūtė, Kristupas Gylius, Artūras Murauskas, Emilija Bagdonaitė, jazz musicians Kristupas Kmitas, Daniel Pancerov, Justinas Žilys, Gabrielius Rimika, contemporary dance troupe "AURA", the winner of "Mados Infekcija" costume designer Diana Kuzmickaitė, and many other artists. In 2019 together with the team she put the whole musical drama to the album and released it on the same name "Gentis".

In 2019 she successfully debuted as a movie composer in the new feature film "Advokatas" (eng. "The Lawyer") of famous lithuanian director Romas Zabarauskas.

Currently, she is composing music for the theater and other kind of performances, writing songs and music for her bands also various articles about music for magazines and press, participating in many project as a composer, singer, performer, keyboardist, music director, lyricist, arranger, sound engineer, sound designer, educator, event coordinator and manager as well.

She is also participating in education field, where she creates the systems to learn musical and psychological process using theater and music improvisation methods, games and language as aknowable sound system tool.

I.Baranauskaitė is the leader of bands Such‘a‘Trip, esi, Jazz By Two, Maestro Kinas and In albedo, collaborating with theatre “Cezario Grupe, german manager-artist Rüdiger Eichholtz, painters Sophie Voigt-Chadeyrongt and Anna Polukord, writers Valdas Papievis and Laura Švedaitė, photographers Viktoras Volkovas and Mykolas Juodelė, cultural institutions such as Goethe Institut Minsk, Goethe Institut Duisburg, Geothe Institut Litauen, Fasel Stiftung Duisburg, Asian Arts Center, Lithuanian-Indian Forum, Latga, Agata and Music Information and Publishing Center.

Ieva organizes concerts and creative workshops in Lithuania for foreign music performers, public meetings with Lithuanian artists for foreign managers and takes active part in Lithuanian and foreign cultural life.

The musician tried her hand in several instruments, she is working in many fields with different kind of art forms, but she considers herself not so much as a performer or composer etc. but rather the mediator of the creative process. “I always prioritized what I do, not what instrument or tool I use. Instrument is only the means facilitating the move of music from inside to outside”, explained Ieva.


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