After graduating from Balys Dvarionas Music School in 2007 and Vilnius College in 2014, where she was studying jazz music and performing art, the composer, vocalist, manager and keyboardist Ieva Marija Baranauskaite entered the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre where she was continuing the master studies of contemporary classical music composition.
In more than ten years she has played more than 600 concerts of original material in Lithuania and abroad. She has presented her music on the TV, radio, national and international festivals.
The artist is open to various projects of multiculture and art synthesis, writes various kind of music, gives masterclasses for children in Germany and other countries. Constantly she collaborates with famous German musicians such as pianist Julia Kadel, trumpeters Markus Türk and John-Dennis Renken, double-bass players Tim Isfort and Achim Tang, saxophonist Andre Meisner and guitarist Thorsten Töpp, also with Byelorussian musicians like saxophonist Pavel Aralekian, bassist Ludmila Krukovskaya, drummers Andrei Mavrin and Dmitrij Rybakov, Danish double-bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, French musicians pianist Gauthier Toux, bassist Boris Kulenovic and drummer Maxence Sibille, New York stars Saxophonist Uri Gurvich, bassist Petros Klampanis and classical music pianist Andrius Žlabys, Polish guitarist Brian Massaka Victorsson, Canadian table player Gurpreet Chana, Norwegian musicians: pianist Tord Gustavsen, double-bassist Sigurd Hole, drummer Jarle Vespestad and other musicians, managers and artists from India, USA, Belarus, France, Denmark, Germany, China etc.
Ieva Marija Baranauskaite is composing music for movies, theater and other kind of performances, writing songs and music for her bands, movies choreographers, also writes various articles about music for magazines and press, participating in many project as a composer, singer, performer, keyboardist, music director, lyricist, arranger, sound engineer, sound designer, educator, event coordinator and manager as well.
She is also participating in education field, where she creates the systems to learn to understand musical and psychological process using theater and music improvisation methods, games and language as aknowable sound system tool.
Ieva organizes concerts and creative workshops in Lithuania for foreign music performers, public meetings with Lithuanian artists for foreign managers, participating in many art events as jury and takes active part in Lithuanian and foreign cultural life.
The musician tried her hand in several instruments, she is working in many fields with different kind of art forms, but she considers herself not so much as a performer or composer etc. but rather the mediator of the creative process. “I always prioritized what I do, not what instrument or tool I use. Instrument is only the means facilitating the move of music from inside to outside”, explained Ieva.