Sound performance: Ahti & Ahti | Gailė Griciūtė at SODAS 2123

Join us in the auditorium for an evening of organized recorded (concrete) electronic and acoustic sound with performances by Ahti & Ahti and Gailė Griciūtė. Ahti & Ahti is the duo of Marja Ahti and Niko-Mahti Ahti, who are both legendary sound artists and organizers who have been active in Finland’s experimental music scene for over ten years. They are currently in residence at SODAS 2123 and will perform with synthesis, objects and field recordings gathered in the village of Kabeliai in Dzūkija over the past weeks, in collaboration with Verpėjos initiative. They are accompanied by a rare solo set by Gailė Griciūtė using prepared piano and field recordings. 

Ahti & Ahti are Marja Ahti and Niko-Matti Ahti, two sound artists based in Finland, working in composition, installation and performance. The duo combines field recordings with electronic and acoustic sound. Recordings of spaces and events are carefully aligned in an associative way. Intuitively tuned sustained tones and shapes visit the frame, often on the brink of collapse, collision or feedback. Both artists have made music for a long time in different constellations and are currently part of the Himera work group organizing concerts in Turku, Finland.

During their stay at SODAS 2123 Ahti & Ahti have been working on new material for their third album. They have spent time in Dzūkija (with the collaboration of Verpejos Residency) in the village of Kabeliai, making field recordings, as well as composing and preparing a performance to share as part of their residency. 

Gailė Griciūtė is a composer and sound artist. She graduated from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater, also a guest student at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main.

Gailė is a member of the performance collective Eye Gymnastics. The group’s works have been shown at various festivals in Lithuania and Germany. Some of the festivals and concert series where Gailė Griciūtė’s sound and art projects were presented: Ahead, Jauna muzika, Soundscape, NOA, Estonia, Gaida (Lithuania), Couterflows (UK), Sound Art Festival (Kaliningrad), Unsound (Krakow), Labor Sonor (Berlin), Tectonics (Tel Aviv), Atmospherics (Haus Der Kunst, Munich).

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This residency is curated by Sholto Dobie, special thanks to Verpėjos Initiative for supporting and collaborating. 

This residency is supported by Nordic Council of Ministers and is organised by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association. 

Activities of Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association are funded by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Vilnius municipality.


Photo: Niko-Mahti Ahti