“It is amazing how NICO makes their music so accessible and entertaining, turning themselves into the modern classical music equivalent of rock stars. When listening to NICO, you may want to turn inward and meditate, exploring the unexpected worlds they open up – or just get up and dance, infected by their joyous and vibrant ambiance. The effect is mesmerizing, and the result is inspiring to all ages.”
(Concert curator Jud Newborn)
It was back in 2006 when the 19-year-old Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas came up with an idea to found an ensemble that would perform his music and translate his artistic visions into reality. In an era where composer and performer most commonly are two separate figures, he represents a model of artist’s lifestyle in which the creative process of the composer does not end up with writing music but continues further in the hands of the composer as a performer.
Now, almost 15 years later, this embodiment of ‘one-artist-vision’, called the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra NICO, constantly brings composer’s music to the leading classical and contemporary music venues and reaches new and young audiences of classical music with their highly attractive, captivating, and original music performances.
The uniqueness of NICO concept is highly determined by Gelgotas’ musical language itself, in which the classical music idiom is mixed with light hints and influences of popular music. Composer’s vision of integrating minimalistic choreographic details into performances while the musicians play music by heart, using non-traditional string instrument techniques and voice, all of it combined is what creates the exciting concert experiences, that are reinventing the borders between experimental, minimal, contemporary art and more popular, mainstream music forms.
Celebrating its XIVth concert season, the ensemble is making their appearances at the prestigious concert venues and festivals, including Leipzig Gewandhaus, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Roundhouse in London, Usedomer, Elverum and Vilnius music festivals. NICO is also capturing attention of international press – Classic FM radio station with 5.5 million have presented NICO live from their studios, whilst BBC World Service named NICO „trully worth attention” during a 10 minute special on Gelgotas and his ensemble. In the meantime, NICO concerts in France are regularly announced on Radio France. Besides their appearances across Europe, Asia and the United States, throughout latest concert seasons NICO have performed for His Holliness Dalai Lama and Pope Francis.
Augusta Jusionytė (violin)
Dalia Simaškaitė (violin)
Julija Ivanovaitė (violin, viola)
Deividas Dumčius (cello)
Vincas Bačius (double bass)
Gediminas Gelgotas (founding artistic director)
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