Laila Salins

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Laila Salins grew up just beyond the skyline of New York, immersed in the cultural heritage of the Latvian émigré community. She has enjoyed a richly diverse performing career, performing jazz, chamber music, world music, cabaret, and music/theater, starring in the premieres of a multitude of contemporary music pieces. She has performed in Switzerland, Germany, England, Sweden, Australia, Canada and the US, as well as performing extensively in Latvia. She is co-founder of the music ensembles Kolibri, Ecliptica, Cat’s Eye, Ballistic Cabaret and TālaMana. In the fall of 2012 Laila completed her new CD - Elevator Into the Sky - her arrangements of Anne Sexton’s poetry for a jazz chamber music ensemble...
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Laila's creative collaborations have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, CEC Artslink, the Experimental TV Center, HERE Arts Center, the Soros Foundation and the National Music Theater Conference. The American Latvian Cultural Foundation supported her highly acclaimed recording project of Latvian ballads and drinking songs (Saskandinot).
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    Elevator Into The Sky

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Featured recording “Elevator Into The Sky”

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Elevator Into The Sky

Self Produced (2013)

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“Ms. Salins captivated the crowd with her tender performances of these melancholy songs.” (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times)

“Laila Salins sings with great intensity, with a vocal command that is characteristic of world music – with strong vibrations and varying timbres. Her phrasings were like the ebb and flow of small, irregular waves, telling of the heart’s restlessness and longing for what is lost.” (Ieva Gintere, Musical Sun, music quarterly)

“Exceptional in her singing ability, feeling for style and performing intensity was Laila Salins in the part of Arsamenes.” (New Zurich Times, Switzerland)


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Primary InstrumentVocalist

LocationJersey City, NJ

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundB.A. New England Conservatory M.A. SUNY at Stonybrook Laila has taught vocal lessons and master classes at: State Univeristy of NY at Stonybrook Music in Chappaqua (private music school) International Youth Music Festival in Latvia Offers private lessons

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