Justė Sakalytė & Ingrida Spalinskaitė-Kurienė

Juste&IngridaŠalutinis efektas/Side Effect is a professional musicians’ duo with a unique sound, which has come into being in the very centre of Lithuania – Kaunas city – which has brought Justė Sakalytė (saxophone, vocal, keyboard and traditional Lithuanian wind instrument the skudučiai) and Ingrida Spalinskaitė-Kurienė (traditional Lithuanian string instrument kanklės) into this new project. Two versatile musicians perform their own music, as well as traditional Lithuanian centenary songs as well as pieces of their favorite musicians. And it‘s all because of a desire to create, venture into the unexplored and join the music world what they have brought from their birth, discovered, heard and experienced…

Justė Sakalytė is a singer, saxophonist, composer, music arranger and educator. She has linked her life to arts from early childhood and, following the steps of her parents who are also musicians, at the age of 13 decided to start a professional music career. She studied at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy (LMTA) Jazz Department and graduated from two Master programmes: Music Performance and Music Education. She also had an opportunity to develop her skills further in Mannheim University for Music and Performing Arts (Germany) and Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen (The Netherlands). Justė Sakalytė performed in jazz and contemporary music festivals in Lithuania, Estonia and the Netherlands, played in concert tours around Europe with Lithuanian Radio and Television big band, was part of different international projects. At present Justė Sakalytė is the head of Jazz Department at the Music Academy of Vytautas Magnus University where she also teaches jazz singing, saxophone, composition and music arrangement.

Ingrida Spalinskaitė grew up in the family of professional musicians. She started to play the traditional Lithuanian stringed instrument kanklės at the age of seven. She studied at a music school and conservatoire and finished Bachelor and Master studies at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy (LMTA) in Vilnius. She also did an internship in the Helsinki Music Academy (Finland). Ingrida Spalinskaitė is a laureate of national and international contests, performed in many different projects in Lithuania and abroad. In 2010 she finished Bachelor studies in performing with percussion instruments at LMTA and since then she has worked as a performer of the percussion group with Kaunas Symphonic Orchestra. She also teaches to play kanklės in Kaunas A. Kačanauskas music school.