Linda Leimane

Linda Leimane and Mārtiņš Grauds are creating Latvian Beasts - a new work for kids to be presented in the old swimming pool at Alfheim on Thursday 20.10!

The audiovisual joint work Latvian Beasts is based on the eponymous collection of stories by Inese Zandere. This commissioned work was presented for the first time on 25. September at Hanzas Perons Culture Centre in Riga, and followed by listening masterclasses in Riga, Liepaja and Daugavpils.

Linda Leimane (born 1989 in Dobele) is a Latvian composer, whose works tend to be physicality and bodily art related. She works with soloists, ensembles, orchestras, theatre directors and ballet choreographers, she creates and performs electronics, as well as produces and curates installations by collaborating with artists of other media. She has expanded her knowledge in composition and new music technologies at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyon, during her traineeship at the sound research centre AGON in Milan and various workshops. Her music has been performed in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, France, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the U.S. and Australia. Her electronic works have been presented on the SHAPE platform and Crack Magazine 2022.

Mārtiņš Grauds (born 1973 in Riga) is a Latvian filmmaker and photographer, known for his poetic visual language and witty, inventive approach to his subjects. He has directed five documentaries and two short films (Lust Lust - Grand Prix, ASVOFF, 2010). His latest documentaries explore the relationship between nature and creativity (Tree Opera, 2020; Forging Condors, 2018). A keen observer also of human nature, he has published several photo books, including the iconic Cemetery Festival - Coming Together (2016), devoted to this peculiar Latvian tradition. Well-known and resourceful director of commercials, he has directed more than 800 spots in his 20+ year career in the industry, and a number of music videos for artists such as Michelle Gurevich (Chinawoman), Brainstorm, Tribes of the City, and others, earning four Latvian Music Recordings Annual Awards for the Best Music Video. In 2020 he collaborated with the New Riga Theatre troupe and director Alvis Hermanis on 10-part limited series Agency as the director of photography and editor.

Their collaborative work, including electro-acoustic music, video, animation and shadow thater, is based on the book “Latvian Animals” by writer Inese Zandere.