Linda Leimane is a Latvian composer, whose works often tend to be physicality- and bodily art related. She works with orchestras, large ensembles, soloists in electroacoustic projects and electronics, as well as collaborates with artists of other media.
25 January 2023
Stimme des Herzens
"Stimme des Herzens" ["Sirdsbalsis" / "Voices of the Heart"] for organ, premiere by Iveta Apkalna at the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg.
25 September 2022
In the work "Latvian Beasts", five fairy tales for children written by the contemporary Latvian writer Inese Zandere are told in an audio and visual way. In the winter of 2022, the composer Linda Leimane accidentally discovered a very engaging children's design book "Latvian Animals" in an empty apartment, the author of the idea of which is the artist Mārtiņš Grauds. In the summer of 2022, on the textual and visual basis of the book, Linda Leimane and Mārtiņš Grauds create a new collaboration in the LYRA project, bringing the book to life for the children's joy in both sonic rhythms and cinematic sound effects, as well as giving it the life of movement and shadow games. In 2009, near Madona, a unique book project was photographed in cooperation with a whole team - actors, costume designers, photographer and director. This summer, Linda Leimane and Mārtiņš Grauds meet deep in the forest by the Árona River to capture the sounds read in the book and create a joint work - a unique soundtrack for the audiovisual work in the LYRA concert for children.
3 September 2022
Through The Echelons of Eternity
Audiovisual installation "Matter. Space" is a search for primal sound and image in academic, electronic music and video art. Six sound artists and three visual artists will explore their daily rituals and trajectories in a private/public space, co-creating an audiovisual installation. 19.00 to 2.00, the concert hall "Tu Jau Zini Kur", Riga, Latvia
16 September 2022
"Geometric Counterpoint" for harpsichord and electronics is a counterpoint of impressions found in geometric figures as well as the technical arsenal offered by the Baroque fugue processing techniques. In its ambisonic embodiment, the mix provides the listener with a peculiar court experience where the loudspeakers serve as entourage in a blended world of the 17th and 21st century, arising in the feeling of being inside the mechanics of a harpsichord.
Friday, 16th September 18.00-20.00 GMT+2
Address: Ambisonic Chamber, Laboratory for Sound, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art., Kongens Nytorv 1, Entrance E, Copenhagen 1050
20 May 2022
Architectonics of A Crystal Soul
Premiere by Sophia Kirsanova and the Syzygy ensemble at the Fine Arts and Music at Melbourne.
"Architectonics of A Crystal Soul" is as a large scale constellation, focusing on the violin and creating synergy between the solo and the ensemble of flute, clarinet, violoncello and piano. The musical idea of the "Architectonics of Crystal Soul" is a sonic environment of imaginary city, where artefacts of different ages and cultures meet. The soundscape is experienced and perceived by a "crystal soul" or the solo violin - alive, feeling, pulsating, breathing, fragile and strong, present in different ages and parts of the planet.
Sophia Kirsanova - violin (guest collaborator/violin)
Laila Engle - flute
Robin Henry - clarinet
Campbell Banks - cello
Leigh Harrold - piano
3 January 2022
"Geometric Counterpoint" for harpsichord and electronics as part of the ambisonic installation by Voldemārs Johansons at the Cēsis Concert Hall, January 3-9.
20 January 2022
"Enantiomorphic Chambers" performance by the Aalborg Symphony orchestra, conducted by Andris Poga at the Musikkens Hus concert hall, Aalborg, Denmark.
11 December 2021
Ray-bows CD release
"Ray-bows" released in the album by SKANI, performed by the Sinfonietta Riga, conducted by Normunds Šnē.
29 January 2022
"Ray-bows" II performance by the Sinfonietta Riga and conducted by Normunds Šnē in the programme of the Grand Concert of Latvian Symphonic Music, Riga, Great Guild.
29 January 2022
Undulations for piano
"Undulations" for piano, premiere by Reinis Zariņš at the Latgale Embassy GORS, Small Hall, Rēzekne.
18 September 2022
Jeu d'échecs en Trois Couleurs
"Jeu d'échecs en Trois Couleurs" for organ, premiere by Thomas Lacôte at the Royaumont festival, Royaumont Abbey, France.
5 September 2021
Via Imperiale / Desire
Magdalēna Geka /violin/ and Iveta Cālīte /piano/ @Cēsis Vidzeme Concert Hall.
1 October 2021
Electronic performance @ATRAKTORS festival 1 October and @Skaņu Mežs festival 2 October
17 June 2021
Composer Linda Leimane in a close and continuous collaboration with the classical experimental contemporary singer, performer and extended vocal techniques' explorer and researcher Helena Sorokina (alto) is going to explore the voice down to its bits thus obtaining a vast field of resources for further mutational processes in a new and hybrid audiovisual work, where four different media – acoustic voice, electronics, science (Marija Sorokina) and video art (Viktors Keino) closely converge. Pure voice with a powerful breath, that can be seen as a pure luxury in these times, when so many people are fighting for their lives and struggling with breathing, will be subject to extension from the acoustic into the digital realm [For more information go to Catalogue/Electroacoustic/InterVoicing SpACE].
29 August 2021
Combining the principles of modern political and documentary theater, "Nasing spesal" is composed by director Andrei Jarovoy in collaboration with composer Linda Leimane, producer Maija Pavlova and artist Ieva Kauliņa at the Gertrude Street Theater. The performance is based on the longest Saeima meeting in the history of renewed Latvia. Politicians' decisions taken more than a decade ago continue to influence today's reality – we still live in Latvia's increased tax and drawn municipality borders, while the then opposition members are currently in power. How has the change of political forces changed the overall landscape?
29 April 2021
Ray-bows, the premiere
"Ray-bows" is a multi-level reference to Gerard Grisey's "Vortex Temporum" and "Periodes"in the form of a rainbow arch. The hot-subjective impulses in the outer two thirds of the arch are organized by seven muses: Gabriel, Daniel, Josephine, Sergey, Leonora, Ricardo and Emanuel, while the cold-objective peak of the time arch is marked by the red of the rainbow-colored spectrum. Inspired by Gerard Grisey's creative work, the piece aims for organic linkages between time proportions and sound spaces organised by seven quasi spectra as seven rainbow colors.
17 September 2021
Architectonics of A Crystal Soul
"Architectonics of A Crystal Soul", commissioned by the violinist Sofija Kirsanova (LV) and the Syzygy ensemble (Australia) in duration of 15 minutes as a large scale constellation focuses on the solo violin creating synergy with the ensemble of flutes, clarinets, cello and piano. The idea of the "Architectonics of Crystal Soul" is a sonic environment of imaginary city, where artefacts of different ages and cultures meet. The soundscape is experienced and perceived by a "crystal soul" or the solo violin -- alive, feeling, pulsating, breathing, fragile and strong, present in different ages and parts of the planet.
9 September 2022
Bodies. Undulations for ensemble
"Bodies. Undulations" is a large constellation, filled with a sense of motion and undulation of abstract bodies interpreting August Rodin's "The Gates of Hell" in today's context. The montage of 82 body gestures derived from more than a hundred sonic fields are modelled with the intention to achieve maximum "alive plasticity" possible in the sonic world. From a portal that connects everyday reality to the world of imagination, waves emerge as from a vaporous ocean in which the directions and contours of movement model familiar human gestures, feelings and desires. Not only the constant movement, but also the harmony serves in the modelling of humanity in sounds, expressing the colours and relationships of feelings passing through the human body. The premiere by the ensemble Court-circuit, Paris.
8 November 2020
The exhibition "Episodes 2" by Li Bond with the sound of Linda Leimane and Artūrs Punte is running as part of the international art project We Can Be Heroes, presented at the Exhibition Hall of Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre. The exhibition is open until 8 November 2020.
1 November 2020
The premiere of "Geometric Counterpoint" for harpsichord and electronics by Ieva Saliete at Arēna festival.
28 October 2020
"Masculine" performed by Tempus Balticus: Ieva PARŠA /voice, LV/, Māra BOTMANE /violoncello, LV/, Johan RANDVERE /piano, EST/at the Baltic Symphony festival, The Great Guild Hall, Rīga.
21 October 2020
HAMLETS ballet of the choreographer Antons Freimans. Music - Linda Leimane (symphony orchestra and electronics) and Sergei Rachmaninoff (piano works), scenography and costumes -- MAREUNROL'S, Latvian National Opera and Ballet.
1 October 2020
Longing. Flashing. Bonding
The premiere of "Longing. Flashing. Bonding" by the Latvian National symphony orchestra. Conductor: Andris Poga. The venue: The Great Guild Hall, Rīga, at 19:00.
19 July 2020
Geometry of Endless Solution
The performance of "Geometry of Endless Solution" at the Concert Hall "Great Amber" in Liepāja. Several different types of electronics are used in the project "Geometry of Endless Solution" which all combine into a never-ending geometric pattern of discovery in which massive blocks, vibrating lines, dots, periodically rhythmic segments and other audio-visually tangible forms dissolve into a primordial substance. The instruments used are a self-oscillating electro-acoustic string instrument specifically created for this performance by Artūrs Punte and Jēkabs Voļatovskis after their own sound installation "No pulsācijas" ("From The Pulsation"), an acoustic, electric cello and bass guitar by Ēriks Kiršfelds and various real-time projections by Viktors Keino.
4 April 2020
The premiere of "Ray-bows" by the Sinfonietta Riga. Conductor: Normunds Šnē
20 March 2020
The premiere of "Desire" by "Escape Velocity" duo for the project that looks at Milhaud’s “La Création du monde” through the lens of six new commissioned works by a group of six composers. The performance will be surrounded by art, sets, and costumes from the original 1923 ballet production of “La Création” at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete.
17 March 2020
HAMLETS ballet of the choreographer Antons Freimans. Music – Linda Leimane (symphony orchestra and electronics) and Sergei Rachmaninoff (piano works), scenography and costumes – MAREUNROL’S, Latvian National Opera and Ballet.
29 August 2019
NEREDZAMĀ BIBLIOTĒKA [INVISIBLE LIBRARY] exibition opnening event at the Latvian National Library. Music and text performance by the actor Gundars Silakaktiņš (voice and electronics) and the composer Linda Leimane (electronics) with voice effects by the Youth choir Kamēr.. Text - Pauls Bankovskis, artist - Dace Džeriņa, curator - Inga Surgunte.
7 September 2019
MATTER. RITUAL installation at the modern culture forum White Night 2018, at Zirgu pasts, Rīga. Music: Linda Leimane, Selffish, Anna Ķirse, Jachin Pousson. Percussion: Kaspars Kurdeko. Video artists: Viktors Keino and Roberts Rubīns.
9 February 2019
The premiere of ENANTIOMORPHIC CHAMBERS by the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andris Poga.
21 November 2018
GUESSTIMATIONS performance by the Sinfonietta Riga and the conductor Normunds Šnē in the programme along with Erkki-Sven Tüür's Prophecy, concert for accordeon and orchestra, and Joseph Haydn's Symphony No 104. "Leimane, Tüür and Haydn – a thrilling blend of chamber symphony specifically written for the Sinfonietta". The concert venue: Malmö Concert Hall, Sweden.
13 October 2018
Geometry Of Endless Solution
GEOMETRY OF ENDLESS SOLUTION at Skaņu mežs festival, Latvia. Several different types of electronics are used in the project which all combine into a never-ending geometric pattern of discovery in which massive blocks, vibrating lines, dots, periodically rhythmic segments and other audio-visually tangible forms dissolve into a primordial substance. Performed by Ēriks Kiršfelds /acoustic cello, electric cello, bass guitar/, Linda Leimane /electronics, self-oscillating electro-acoustic instrument created specifically for this performance by Artūrs Punte and Jēkabs Voļatovskis after their own sound installation No pulsācijas (From the Pulstation)/ and Viktors Keino / projections/.
31 October 2018
6 March 2018 DIALEXICA for chamber orchestra, 4 ch electronics with thext and real-time projections nominated for Latvian Grand Music Award 2018. Dialexica plays with opposing meanings in space by entering three generations: chilhood, maturity and old age. Idea, text, electronics, real-time projections - Artūrs Punte, composition, symphonic layers and electronic spatialization - Linda Leimane. Voice - Jayde Will.
10 September 2018
SILLHOUETTES.BEHAVIOURS recorded by ART-i-Shock, released by SKANI
8 September 2018
The premiere of OPHELIA. Ensemble Meitar: Roy Amotz /alto flute/, Antje Thierbach /oboe/, Matthieu Steffanus /bass clarinet/, Francesco D'Orazio /violin/, Jonathan Keren /viola/, Yoni Gotlibovich /cello/, Philipp Lamprecht /percussion/, Amit Dolberg /piano/ at the Royaumont Abbey in Asnières-sur-Oise, France.
8 September 2018
Intermediate State Vbration
INTERMEDIATE STATE. VBRATION installation at the modern culture forum White Night 2018, at Zirgu pasts, Rīga. Music: Anna Ķirse, Linda Leimane, Selffish, Oskars Herliņš, Sound Meccano, Platons Buravickis. Violoncello and bass guitar: Ēriks Kiršfelds. Video artists: Ieva Balode and Viktors Keino.
30 June 2018
New album available released by SKANI