#14 Memories, Dreams and Melancholy with Dominykas Digimas

The music of Dominykas Digimas is an overwhelmingly reliable source for transporting the inner state to a melancholic feeling of emotional simplicity. This is experienced as inexplicable comfort possibly making the listener feel like they are connecting with their true nature. A committed champion of the contemporary classical community, Digimas is a co-founder of the acclaimed ensemble Synaesthesis, a powerful force in the international performance and recording scene. We discuss the complexity of memory, the vulnerability of private communication, the creative process as well as his work as an organizer. The excerpts include a variety of instrumentation including examples from Synaesthesis and his orchestral palette.

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 Dominykas Digimas: per sense (2018), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor – Juozas Domarkas, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, 2018; Oscillations from the album Melos. Minimal Voices (Aktualios muzikos projektai, 2020), Vocal Ensemble Melos: Justina Leinartaitė, Gabrielė Bilevičiūtė, Karolina Macytė, Gabija Adamonytė; From Another Point of View from the album Another Point of View (Music Information Centre Lithuania, 2018), Synaesthesis: Vytautas Oškinis (flute), Artūras Kažimėkas (clarinet), Andrius Rekašius (percussion), Marta Finkelštein (piano), Diemantė Merkevičiūtė (violin), Elena Daunytė (cello), Donatas Butkevičius (double bass), conductor – Karolis Variakojis; komorebi (2021), Cello Club: Povilas Jacunskas, Rokas Vaitkevičius, Evaldas Petkus, Domas Jakštas, Arnas Kmieliauskas, Lithuanian National Culture Centre, 2022; playing chess in Antarctica (2017), Twenty Fingers Duo: Lora Kmieliauskaitė (violin), Arnas Kmieliauskas (cello), Music Innovation Studies Centre, 2017; Sensescape from the album flaneur (Synaesthesis, 2021), Contemporary music ensemble Synaesthesis: Vytenis Gurstis (flute), Artūras Kažimėkas (clarinet), Diemantė Merkevičiūtė (violin), Monika Kiknadzė (viola), Arnas Kmieliauskas (cello), Donatas Butkevičius (double bass), Andrius Rekašius (vibraphone), Marta Finkelštein (piano), conductor Karolis Variakojis; swells, pines, rustles… (2022), Lithuanian Symphonic Winds Orchestra, conductor – Karolis Variakojis, Baltic Music Days festival, 2022.