“Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide? And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech? (Kahlil Gibran The Prophet,“On Beauty”)
Composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė describes her work In Search of Lost Beauty as “an hour-long sequence of audiovisual novellas on the elusive subject of beauty. Here, the experience of time is slowed down as to transport us into an alternate dimension where the commonly apprehended reality is inverted into the otherworldly mystique of reflections and shadows. The amplitude of this ephemeral search for beauty encompasses phenomena found in nature, everyday life and art.
The project evolved as a reaction to the ever accelerating culture and daily existence in the age of technology. When people attend museums to see art, they stop just for a few seconds and use them to take a selfie with a masterpiece. They do not seem to have time to look attentively at the actual work of art. The same happens with nature: when we see a natural monument or a remarkable phenomenon we often do not pay as much attention to it as we fuss about having it captured. We do not bother to ask ourselves whether we will have time to view all those captured moments that accumulate over time in our personal archives. The ‘search for beauty’ thus brings our everyday perception and accelerated mind, which often functions in an automatic mode, to a halt.”
In Search of Lost Beauty for piano trio, electronics and video (2016) was released as Martinaitytė’s solo CD on the Starkland label in 2019, which received two gold medals at the Global Music Awards for Best Album and Best Composer. In 2020, Žibuoklė was granted the prestigious Lithuanian Government Award for her creative work and the John Simon Guggenheim fellowship.
The concert version of In Search of Lost Beauty will feature the FortVio Piano Trio renowned for subtle renditions of the new repertoire (the same that recorded the work for CD release), consisting of Indrė Baikštytė (piano), Ingrida Rupaitė-Petrikienė (violin), and Povilas Jacunskas (cello). The composer will be in attendance for this event.