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Juste Janulyte

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Juste Janulyte is writing a new large-ensemble work for the London Sinfonietta as part of our Sleeping Patterns concert at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Sunday 20 November 2022) and repeated at our concert on Friday 2 December 2022.  

Called Sleeping Patterns it is woven from seven hypnotically repetitive patterns of slightly different tempos, which intertwine throughout the ensemble. The piece echoes a sleeping human body and all the regular but not synchronised sounds of our heartbeat, blood flow, and breathing create in sleep. 

Sleeping Patters is a co-commission between the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern and Remix Ensemble. 

More about Juste Janulyte 

"Justė Janulytė's music is where one experiences only consistency, space, weight, power and intensity rather than specific parts and details. It activates human imagination and, ostensibly, this is the reason it enjoys such a great success internationally."  (Asta Pakarklytė) 

The works by Justė Janulytė (born in Vilnius), mostly written for dense monochromatic ensembles (only strings, only winds or only voices), explore musical time/space perception through large-scale multilayered textures and extremely gradual metamorphoses. While balancing between the aesthetics of minimalism, spectralism and acoustic electronica, Justė Janulytė composes sonic metaphors of optic ideas (Here at the quiet limit for male choir and string orchestra, The Colour of Water for saxophone(s) solo and orchestra, Was there a Swan? for symphony orchestra) and researches the visual nature of musical phenomena in the works where sound and image are fused together (Breathing Music for string quartet, electronics and kinetic sculptures, Sandglasses for 4 cellos, electronics and video scenography). 

In 2009 Janulyte won the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris (in the category of composers under 30). In 2011 the composer was awarded the Young Artist's Prize by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and in 2017 the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize, the highest artistic distinction in Lithuania. In 2019 she won the ‘Musica femina München’ competition. In 2020 Justė Janulytė made her cinematic debut collaborating with Latvian director Viesturs Kairišs on the full length feature "City on the River" continuing with "January" which won the Tribeca (NY) film festival as the best international narrative feature.  

This commission is kindly supported by Nicholas Hodgson. 

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