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Artist Biography

Aivaras started playing music at the age of eleven. He attended clarinet lessons at the First School of Children’s Music School in Kaunas, Lithuania. A few years later, in 1987, he enrolled in Juozas Gruodis’ Higher School of Music (present-day Juozas Gruodis’ Conservatory). He was keen on collecting back then hard-to-find records, saving money for sound equipment, DJ’ing in local schools and summer camps, and cracking the sound secrets of such bands and artists as Depeche Mode, Alphaville, A-ha, Erasure, Duran Duran, Eurytmics, Queen, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, and others.

While finishing his studies at Juozas Gruodis’ Higher School of Music he founded his first band Galilėja (Galilee). Although the band lasted just for a year (as Aivaras was discovering his other major passion of life - philosophy - at the time) it did manage to play several public gigs, and its single “Duok ranka” (Give Me Your Hand) was aired on M-1, the first commercial radio station in Lithuania.

In 1992, Aivaras relocated to USA to study the humanities at the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio). He then went on to get his M.A. in philosophy at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein (Internationale Akademie für Philosophie). Here is a quote from Aivaras about this period in his life: “I thought I would never make music again. I was completely immersed in academics all those years, I was so interested in what I was learning. While studying I barely had any time for anything else...”

After earning his philosophy degree in 1997, Aivaras returned to Lithuania. Within a year, he founded the band Pėdsakai (Footprints) along with Linas Šalna on the oboe and keyboards, Darius Saženis on the guitar, and Aivaras himself composing, writing lyrics, and singing. Pėdsakai released one album Gyviesiems (For the Living). The band was trying to weld electronic sounds with acoustic instruments. One could easily feel stylistic vestiges of Depeche Mode and Queen in the band’s music.

In September of 2000, Aivaras was invited to perform at the concert series The Metamorphosis of Rock Classics. He sang the formidable "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen and was greeted with exuberant ovations and encore requests from the audience, while receiving accolades of praise from music critics who heralded for the emerging young artist a bright future. The artist began receiving numerous invitations to tour Lithuania.

In June of 2001, Aivaras signed a recording and performing contract with the label Cool Production. This moment became the official beginning of the artist’s solo career.

In December of 2001, Aivaras took part in the follow-up concert series The Metamorphosis of Latin American Rhythms taking a good command of his original timbre and distinctive singing manner while performing Madonna’s "La Isla Bonita" and George Micheal's and Astrud Gilberto’s duet "Desafinado," this time joined by the Lithuanian R&B star Arina.

The same year, Aivaras recorded the song "Happy You" for the Lithuanian national finals of Eurovision 2002 in which he won a second place. A month before the final concert in Tallinn, the first place winners were unexpectedly disqualified and Aivaras was delegated to represent Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia. In Spring of the same year, Aivaras’ debut album Aivaras was released by Cool Production in collaboration with Jam Records.

In 2003, Aivaras finished composing and recording his second solo album Myliu arba tyliu (In Love or in Silence) released by Prior Records a year and a half later.

In 2005, Aivaras established his personal sound recording studio (later expanded into the commercial Kranto studijos) and embarked on his successful career as one of the leading mixing and mastering engineers in Lithuania, his work being aired on all major Lithuanian radio stations and TV channels. In the same year and for the first time working in his own studios, Aivaras started composing and recording his third album Sage & Fool which took him a total of five years to complete.

Today, no longer taking an active part in the performing scene of Lithuanian pop music, Aivaras has all the time, the pleasure, and the means to pursue the sound the way he envisions it.