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Linas Rimša

Biography

Linas Rimša (b. 1969) studied music theory at the M. K. Čiurlionis Gymnasium of Arts. In 1987-1993 he studied composition with Prof. Vytautas Barkauskas at the Lithuanian Academy of Music, and in 1995-1996 with Prof. K. A. Rasmussen at the Danish Royal Academy of Music. In 1997 he completed his studies for a Master's degree at the Lithuanian Academy of Music. In 1991-1993 he hosted programs on jazz and contemporary music and worked as program director for the radio station "Radiocentras". In 1996-2002 he taught at the M. K. Čiurlionis Gymnasium of Arts. In 1992-1995 and since 2002 he has been teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Linas Rimša writes music for film, theatre, video installations, works as a producer of pop music, and has earned recognition as an arranger. Since 2001 he has appeared with his own groups in jazz and contemporary music festivals. His music has been performed in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Russia, Poland, Israel, Germany, Austria, the USA, Australia. He is an author of the textbook "Fundamentals of Jazz Improvisation" (2000), and a coordinator of and contributor to "History of Jazz" (2001). His list of achievements includes the Mūzų Malūnas prize (2005), the Knight Order of Orange-Nassau of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2008), and the Lithuanian film industry prize Silver Crane (2009).


According to the composer, in his music he likes "to combine elements and things that do not seem to have anything in common", searching for unexpected associations. Presently he is primarily interested in acid jazz and its combinations with various other music styles, such as world music, classical and contemporary music. Even though Linas Rimša's concert pieces do not sound complicated and seem to be close to the aesthetics of new tonality, they are based on strictly calculated structures (golden cuts, fractal constructions, etc) and often employ complex numerological symbolism.

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