Lina Lapelyte

Lina Lapelyte is an artist, composer, musician and performer. She says of her practice, ‘it can be placed ‘in-between’; in-between classical and experimental, music and fine art, composing and improvising.’ Initially trained as a classical violinist in Lithuania Lina showed an interest in experimental music from early on. Her experience playing with the likes of David Toop, John Butcher and Anton Lukoszevieze within the London improvised music scene in 2006 radically changed her way of composing, her pieces becoming frameworks for improvisations rather than finished compositions. Questioning the importance of musical training became another strand in her work leading her to incorporate untrained performers in unorthodox ways. Her opera Have a Good Day! examines issues of displacement, otherness and beauty through piano, electronics and text. It involves using actual cashiers from local supermarkets for the vocal strand of the piece. Another piece, Candy Shop, reworks the games of power embedded in rap songs, making them into lullabies while narrating a story about beauty, gender and the mundane. ‘Lina is working right at the edge of what popular music could become.’ Brian Eno