Juta Pranulytė writes concert pieces, theatre music, takes part in projects with folk and jazz musicians, and visual artists. Many of her compositions are slow but vibrant in texture, manifesting the composer’s interest in sonoristic systems. Her large-scale works are often site-specific, exploring both acoustic properties and symbolic meanings of a particular place (e.g. Waters, 2018, composed for the old underground water storage facility space in Vilnius). These include prominent features of spatial music as well, with multiple changes in placement of performers and even listeners as the work progresses, or by letting the latter move freely around the space of the performance.
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Juta Pranulytė (b. 1993) has graduated from the choral singing school Liepaitės with specialisation in musicology and then studied composition at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as art history and theory at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. She attended composition masterclasses, among them International Summer Courses for New Music ind Darmstadt, Royaumont Voix Nouvelles, Synthetis International Summer Course for Composers, Cheltenham Composers Academy. She is curating New Music Vocal Ensemble Melos, Vilnius New and Experimental Music Series Kontaktas, and running the school of music creation for young people Musikalkė, in 2019-20 curated New Music Festival Druskomanija. Since 2020 she is studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Pranulytė’s composition Octo 716 for chamber ensemble and electronics was selected for the CD compilation “Anthology of Lithuanian Art Music in the 21st Century” curated by the American composer and music journalist Frank J. Oteri. Her music has been performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Dunedin Consort, The Glasgow New Music Expedition, Les Métaboles choir as well as Vilnius municipality choir Jauna Muzika, among others.
The composer Ben Lunn has this to say about Juta Pranulytė: “Ever since I met her, I have been intrigued by her drive, sharpness of mind, and desire for more in her music. The resulting music has either been very elegant and striking pieces or works that show she is working towards something even stronger. Juta has written for a large expanse of musical settings. Her choral pieces have been quite a strong area within her work. Her deus ex machina is a dark and brutal musical landscape, with a powerful sense of focus. The work is a major step for her as composer as it really poignantly shows off her abilities in the craft. I feel if she begins to produce works with a stronger, more brutal message behind it she will stun thousands.”
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