Mārtiņš Viļums music album recorded by Latvian Radio Choir released – Archyde

Mārtiņš Viļums’ music is characterized by a special complexity through microtonality and overtone singing, a self-created phoneme system that is not only individually synthesized sounds, but also an anti-demonic and at the same time divine language. Together with the Latvian Radio Choir and the conductor Kaspars Putniņš, an excellent recording of contemporary music has been made. The album contains both older and newer works by Viļums for choir.

From January 21st, the recording will be available in digital form on the major music streaming platforms and in CD format in 80 countries.

Mārtiņš Viļums divides his life and artistic activity between Latvia, where he was born, raised and shaped, and Lithuania, where he has lived and created with his family for a long time. He studied accordion and composition in the preparatory course of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy with Pēteris Plakids. He continued to study accordion at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater while studying composition with Osvalds Balakauskas, Juļa Juzeļūns and Rimantas Janeļauskas.

In 2011, Mārtiņš Viļums received his PhD in humanities and defended his doctoral thesis Compositional principles of the articulation of musical space-time (from the perspective of the spatialization of tonal parameters in the music of the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century).

“I wanted to create a fictional, mythological cultural world with little reference to a pseudo-original, once-existing cultural echo — say, a mental connection between culture, text, and one’s aesthetic vision,” says Mārtiņš Viļums.

The composer seeks and finds original culture in signs and mythology, Latvian folk songs, nature and various world languages. The music of Mārtiņš Viļums is dominated by the themes of life and the afterlife, immersion, creation, metamorphoses and time.

You can listen to the new album Spotify, apple music and other platforms.


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