Music of the other galaxies at VAA Nida Art Colony

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VAA Nida Art Colony invites you to the audiovisual concert “Aliens in Nida” on 4th of February at 6pm. During the event three musicians – Petras Vyšniauskas, Saulius Astrauskas and Vytautas Germanavičius – together with photographer Gintautas Trimakas will present music pieces by Vytautas Germanavičius, who has been resident at the Colony for the last few months.

The concert will feature not only new musical motifs created during the residency in Nida – Vytautas Germanavičius will also remind the listeners of his old ones, developed in 1995. One of these is “Cosmic Rays” for solo soprano saxophone. The musical pieces “Outer Spaces” (for percussion, saxophone and electronics), “Peng Cau” (for electronics, a video installation and battered Chinese chimes) and “Luminous” (for saxophones, keyboards and percussion) will be performed by Petras Vyšniauskas (saxophones), Saulius Astrauskas (percussion) and Vytautas Germanavičius (keyboards), while Gintautas Trimakas will take care of the video installations.

The music will lead the listeners through the surfaces of the Solar system planets and celestial bodies. The trip will start from the exploding central star, pulsating with heat, and will continue toward congealed ice bodies located in the outskirts. The journey will end with dances of aliens. The audience will have a chance to travel not only to the distant corners of the universe, but also to the nearest and the most remote corners of the Earth.

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Vytautas Germanavičius (b.1969) graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music with a BA and MA in composition under Prof. Julius Juzeliūnas (1996). In 2005 he received an MFA in electronic music from Mills College, USA. He also studied composition with Prof. Jonathan Harvey, Alvin Curran. Germanavičius was the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship for electronic music and recording media studies at Mills College, USA (2003), UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada (2000), Elizabeth Mills Crothers Award in Composition from Mills College, USA (2005), The Sir William Glock Scholarship to attend Dartington International Summer Courses, UK (1996), 2nd Prize from the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) at the international competition for electroacoustic music Short Cuts: Beauty, Germany (2006), numerous grants of the Open Society Fund Lithuania (Soros Foundation) to participate in multicultural projects in Ukraine, Moldova, Mongolia, China, and the Netherlands. In 2001 he was composer in residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers (Sweden). Vytautas Germanavičius was President of the Lithuanian Section of the ISCM in 1998-2005, and Artistic Director of the contemporary music festival “Iš arti” in 2001. Participated with the lecture “Real Time Interaction with the Computer in Performance” at the Asia Pacific Conference & Festival in Wellington, New Zealand (2007).

Vytautas Germanavicius asmeninio archyvo nuotraukaVytautas Germanavičius. Photo from the artist's archive

Petras Vyšniauskas is one of the most acclaimed and distinctive Lithuanian jazz artists, an ingenious musician and a virtuoso saxophonist. His soprano saxophone can speak, sing, scream, cry and warble. His profoundly ethnic music is often driven by the torrents of spontaneous improvisation. Petras Vyšniauskas is the most awarded Lithuanian saxophonist whose artistic distinctions include the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize, the National Pride Award, and the award of the Vilnius Jazz Festival (for his merits for development of Lithuanian jazz). 

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Petras Vyšniauskas. Photo from the artist's archive

Percussionist Saulius Astrauskas is a member of contemporary music ensembles Saga duo and Ex tempore. He has performed in various international festivals of contemporary music and jazz, collaborates with Lithuanian symphonic and chamber orchestras.

Gintautas Trimakas (1958) is one of the most prominent conceptual photographers in Lithuania. For more than 20 years he has created images using methods such as camera obscura and other photographic processes. Light is the basis of his work. It is both a tool and the object portrayed.

Donation for the concert is 20 Eur.

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