Laila Salins

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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“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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Jersey City, NJ

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students


B.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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