Dalia Raudonikytė With: Solitarius

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Dalia R. With’s expressive palette is driven by an internal muse, informed by her interest in literary sources, philosophy, and multi-media disciplines. At her disposal is a strong command over experimental instrumental technique as well as a penchant for beautiful expressive melancholy.


Composer Dalia Raudonikytė With focuses on exploring nuances within the phenomenon of sound, approaching it from a variety of multi-disciplinary angles including the visual arts, literature, philosophy, computer programming and ethnography. Her music often creates implicit links to passages from great literature by including literary quotes in her scores that encode the performer’s perception and interpretation with extra-musical reference points. In her solo clarinet work, Solitarius, we hear whispered fragments of text occasionally woven into the fabric of the performance itself, a window into the unspoken literary source that informs its interpretation. The work unfolds otherwise as a thoughtful soliloquy, a rhetorical dialogue with different sides of oneself. Ventus is timbrally more exploratory, as fluttering extended techniques in the saxophone merge with unstable sounds in the electronics. The chamber orchestra piece Grues et nix revels in dense sound masses and long, sustained lines, creating cresting waves of evocative and expressive harmony. FCH, an homage to Frederic Chopin, begins with an exploration of sparse lyricism before evoking its dedicatee through pianistic passagework. The solo guitar work Primo cum lumine solis also sticks with conventional harmony for the most part, melding the free, rhetorical dialogue of Solitarius with modal harmonic treatment. The final section of the piece breaks away from the prevailing lyricism with some angular passagework before the final cadence brings back the expansive character of the opening section. The final work on the program, Idem non semper idem, returns to the fragility of the extended techniques of the solo saxophone, with unearthly multiphonics behaving as architectural pillars for this strange and vivid sonic language. Dalia R. With’s expressive palette is driven not by aesthetic agendas, but instead by an internal muse. At her disposal is a strong command over experimental instrumental technique as well as a penchant for beautiful expressive melancholy, and connecting the diverse expressive worlds she inhabits is a solemn, lyrical quality that pierces through all of the varied textures she employs.

Engineers: Gisburg (tracks 1 and 5), Cato Langnes (track 2), Michailas Omeljančukas (track 4), Arnas Akelaitis (track 6)
Recording locations: Harvestworks, New York, NY (tracks 1 and 5), NOTAM, Oslo, Norway (track 2), Union Palace of Culture Vilnius, Lithuania (track 3), PIANO.LT, Vilnius, Lithuania (track 4), Kaunas State Philharmonic Society, Lithuania (track 6)
Mastering: Gisburg, Harvestworks, New York, NY
Design: Marc Wolf (marcjwolf.com)
Project Management: Daniel Lippel
Produced with the support from the Norwegian Society of Composers

Dalia Raudonikytė With

Dalia Raudonikytė With is a composer, pianist and educator. Born in Vilnius, she moved to Oslo in 1998 and now is based in New York. She graduated from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy and was granted a qualification Master of Music in composition and piano education. After receiving a grant from The Research Council of Norway continued her studies for two years in composition and electroacoustic music at Norwegian Academy of Music. Her works include a wide range of performers: from solo instruments to symphony orchestra and from chamber ensembles to electroacoustic compositions. Her music has been premiered and performed in concerts across Europe, the United States, and Russia, including at international music festivals “Gaida”, “Is arti”, “Jauna muzika”, “Muzikos ruduo”, ”Druskomanija” in Lithuania, “Floralia muzyczne” in Poland, Oslo International Church music festival and Bergen International festival in Norway, MATA Festival (New York), New York film festival Another Experiment by Women, and New York Electronic Art Festival. Dalia R. With is a recipient of several grants and fellowships from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Norwegian Music Funds, Norwegian Society of Composers, and Arts Council Norway.


Bandcamp Daily - Best of Contemporary Classical September 2017

Lithuanian composer Dalia Raudonikyte With doesn’t hide her love of literature in her work. This diverse portrait album contains bookish connections in just about every piece. Clarinetist Joshua Rubin (of International Contemporary Ensemble fame) whispers discrete words from a Seneca text in the middle of his solo performance on the title piece. “Ventus” interprets the Francis Picabia quotation, “Our heads are round, so our thoughts can change direction,” as the extended techniques performed by the superb Norwegian alto saxophonist Rolf-Erik Nystrøm (known for his membership in the daring trio Poing) and the jarring, splintery electronics played by With herself clash and blend. The composer, who studied in Oslo and now lives in New York, has a broad aesthetic; on “Grues et nix,” performed by the Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, she uses a string orchestra to dramatically embody the Virginia Woolf line, “Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night,” projecting both chilly atmospheres and a crushing sense of darkness—sorrowful, on the edge of collapse.

The brief piano solo, played here by Sviese Cepliauskaite, an old colleague of the composer from Lithuania, brings a dazzling precision to “FCH,” a piece inspired by one of the pianist’s greatest loves, Frederic Chopin, while New York guitarist Daniel Lippel brings complexity to “Primo cum lumine solis,” a rangy modal exploration marked by a moody lyric quality and wonderfully discursive shifts in tone and attack. The album concludes with “Idem non semper idem,” another solo piece, with Nystrøm showcasing his deep multiphonic vocabulary and a veritable catalog of swooping glissandos and percussive popping, aptly closing the narrative to a collection of pieces rich in allusion and metaphor. — Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, 9.18.2017