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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, and other musicians, managers and artists from India, USA, Belarus, France Denmark, Germany, China etc.

She was participating in the project “Ritme” (Indian Classical Music Meets Jazz), where she had the opportunity to work with the Indian table master Hiren Chate. As a director and performer she appeared in the contemporary music project "L'innomable", performance was inspired by the novel of Samuel Beskett. In this project she was working with famous Lithuanian musicians and performers like Eugenijus Kanevičius, Arnas Mikalkėnas, Armantas Gečiauskas and Antanas Dombrovskij. As a musical theatre composer she successfully debuted in Greek theatre director Cezaris Gražinis‘ performance Tamošius Bekepuris. In “Dalia Tamulevičiūtė‘s festival of professional theatre” the performance won Best Interpretation of Lithuanian Classics and The Audience Choice awards in 2016. In the same year Ieva debuted as a composer of symphonic music with her symphonic poem “Letters From Morocco” conducted by famous conducter Ričardas Šumila. In 2017 as music director she was invited to work on famous Lithuanian rapper Karpiz solo album concert-tour. In 2018 she debuted as a theatre director of performance „Melquiades“ based on her band „In albedo“ music and Gabriel García Márquez master piece „One Hundred Years of Solitude“, where she worked with the most famous Lithuanian costume designers, perfumers, light designers, actors and musicians. With this project she also released an LP which was nominated as the best year album. In the same year she wrote her first contemporary opera „Gentis“ (en. „Tribe“) for jazz band, choir, string quartet and six soloists. The contemporary musical drama “Tribe“, based on archaic concept of Baltic mythology and Indian ancient text „Bhagavad - Gita“. The premier of „Gentis“ was presented in September, it was directed and conducted by Ieva and in February she is going to release „Tribe“ as an album.

Currently, she is composing music for the theater and other kind of performances, writing songs and music for her bands, 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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