Laila Salins, copyright 2019

LAILA SALINS

singer, actress, composer

 

PERFORMING EXPERIENCE:

 

Leading roles with: Music Theater Group (NYC); Opera Factory Zurich (Switzerland); The New Riga Theater (Latvia); Zurich Opera; the Latvian National Opera; Connecticut Grand Opera; and the Gerold Opera House (WI)

 

Ensembles (founding member and vocal soloist):

          Matus Salins Marching Band (MA), duo performing original songs

          Ecliptica Ensemble (NY), 20th cent. chamber music;

          Ballistic Cabaret (NY) and Cat’s Eye (Boston), original songs;

          Kolibri, Latvian music collaborative (U.S.)

          Just in Time, jazz vocal trio (MA)

 

Original music theater and song cycle projects:

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Hell’s Kitchen: NY-Latvia (2018), multi-media piece (original songs, photo collages and documentary  video footage), supported by the U.S. Embassy

Self-Portraiture as Medicine (2018), at the MAP Gallery, Easthampton, MA

Songs along the Amber Road (2014), in collaboration with Jim Matus and the Talamana Ensemble, supported by the EU’s “Capitals of Culture” program

Tango-Ballads (2010): with support from CEC Artslink, with the NY Center for Contemporary Opera

Insomnia/InSexton (2006) (based on the letters and poetry of Anne Sexton); video by Benton-C Bainbridge; produced by HERE at 3LD Art & Technology Center (NY), with a grant from the Experimental TV Center

The Incredible Adventures of Champagne Charlie (1996), with a grant from the NEA, produced by the O’Neill Music Theater Workshop.

 

Recordings of original music:

Elevator to the Sky (poetry of Anne Sexton), original songs with jazz ensemble

Saskandinot (Toasting), Latvian ballads and drinking songs, supported by the American Latvian Cultural Foundation;

 

Education:    B.A. in music performance, New England Conservatory, Boston;

                 M.A., SUNY at Stonybrook.; studies at Zurich Opera Studio                           and Aspen Music Festival

Languages:   English, Latvian, German, French

Instruments: piano; guitar; harmonium; shruti; percussion (various); kokle 

 

Teaching Experience: voice lessons and chamber music classes taught at SUNY at Stonybrook, University of Western FL, the Summer Music Institute in Latvia, and Music in Chappaqua (NY)