Antanas Dombrovskis

Antanas Dombrovskij (aka Gana2) is taking part in sound art residence and festival “Sound Around” (sound art labs/workshops, residencies, closing festival).

In the scene of sound art and experimental music Antanas Dombrovskij is known for his numerous activities in different roles, various musical approaches, frequent and continuous collaborations. Because of extensive, masterly use of various digital and analogue equipment – from a sole and only laptop to a bunch of broken synthesizers, which have already become his stylistic trademark – Antanas’ performances bear an expressive lively character. In different musical contexts his sonic styles vary from ambient to drone, from abstract collages of glitchy electronica to savage electroacoustic impro patterns or something one could call noise – usually elements of these genres merge together in his compositions, shaping unique sonic textures. This is why his solo project Gana2 is always intriguing and never predictable.

Antanas has been continuously collaborating with a few musical collectives and personalities. He is one of the members of laptop quartet Twentytwentyone, which is famous for experimenting with notable graphic scores or improvising along visual patterns of experimental cinema. Antanas is the main man behind the mixer of the band Betoniniai triušiai (Concrete Bunnies), which presents itself as a band of audiopoetic tinnitus and combines abstract electronica with spoken words. Together with Vilius Šiaulys he forms duo Tiesė (The Straight), which is dedicated to massive drone sounds and noisy ambiences. His performative works with Benas Šarka, Skaidra Jančaitė involve vocal elements, dance and expressive staged spectacle.

Antanas Dombrovskij is known for his several collaborations with dance theatre companies. Time to time he presents his audio works in exhibitions and other projects of contemporary visual and media art.

“Sound around” project proposes a series of residencies for sound artists and organization of 3 experimental music festivals in Kaliningrad, Klaipeda and Gdansk. The project aims at multilateral exchange of experiences, practices and technologies between sound artists from Poland, Lithuania and Russia. Exploration of sound landscapes of 3 cities, Gdansk-Kaliningrad-Klaipeda, will become the basis of communication between the artists and will include creation of sound-cards, multimedia installations and experimental music concerts. Within the framework of the project there will be mutual visit exchanges for collection of the material and organization of the workshops, lectures and demo concerts. The closing final festival will consist of concert, exhibition and theoretical parts. Also, it is planned to produce project documentation in a form of a CD or a vinyl.

Sound Art residence and festival “Sound Around” is a part of the project «Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture».