#11 Catching an Insightful Moment with Vykintas Baltakas

Vykintas Baltakas walks us through his creative process as a composer, conductor, ensemble organizer and educator. His approach to his compositions vary widely: they can be specific or metaphorical images, lyric poetry, formal models or particularly crafted energy patterns. In our conversation we discover the depth and richness of many of his multifaceted musical relationships in an exciting and meaningful creative life.

Podcast intro: Bronius Kutavičius Anno cum tettigonia from Lithuanian Music in Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2011), Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello). Compositions by Vykintas Baltakas: Smokey Arnold from the ablum Ouroboros (Kairos, 2020), Het Collectief: Toon Fret (flute), Julien Hervé (clarinet), Wibert Aerts (violin), Martijn Vink (cello), Thomas Dieltjens (piano); Lift To Dubai from the album Ouroboros (Kairos, 2020), LENsemble, conductor – Vykintas; Eselsbrücke (2013), Scharoun Ensemble der Berliner Philharmoniker, conductor – Matthias Pintscher, Salzburger Festspiele, 2013; Pasaka from the album b(ell tree) (Kairos, 2016), Benjamin Kobler (piano); (co)ro(na) from the album b(ell tree) (Kairos, 2016), Tokyo Sinfonietta, conductor – Yasuaki Itakura; about to drink dense clouds (2003), Maria Harp (reciter), Klangforum Wien, conductor – Vykintas Baltakas, Vienne Konzerthaus 2003; Sandwriting II (2019), SWR Symphonieorchester, conductor – Brad Lubman, ECLAT Festival Stuttgart, 2019; Neon Sea (2019), Karin de Fleyt (flute), HERMESensemble, Centre Pousseur (electronics), Venice Biennale, 2019; Cladi (2020), Teodoro Anzellotti (accordion), live recording, 2020.