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AISMA is an international ensemble of musicians performing a through-composed suite, based on a narrative. The music is vivid, full of splashes of color, pulsating micro-rhythms and melodies, it exists in a very unique line between composition and improvisation, where the main focus is not on the individual, but the collective.


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New Music & new collaborations… More details soon.

Note from Arta:

“Dear reader!

Arta & Erik Enjoy Jazz Festival Photo by Ben Van Skyhawk (2)I am slowly entering a new chapter in my life… Finally this spring I am graduating from The New School and Contemporary Music, therefore new music is about to come out soon…  Currently, I am preparing new music for my senior recital, this time with a larger ensemble…  I won’t spill more beans… for now 12th of May is the premiere date!

Alongside my new recital music, I am working on another music piece, which will be premiered on the 3rd of May – Bruno Walter Auditorium (NYC). Very excited! 🙂 

Stay tuned for more details…

P.s.Send me good energy,  good vibes and inspiration to complete my work soon, so I am able to share it with you and just enjoy life! 🙂 

Love and light, 



New Music, New album, New Collaboration… Is available now.



Two voices, nothing more. Songs in English and the universal language of music: Own compositions, soundscapes, improvised, electronic, harmonic, vuloptuous… In search of the inner selves of two young singers. Somewhere between New York, Berlin, Latvia and Finland. Nothing distracts from the beauty of two voices that really have something to say! Inspired by musicians like Meredith Monk, Jenny Hval or Nils Frahm. Arta Jēkabsone and Erik Leuthäuser created a musical duo-concept that deals with the opposites „light“ and „darkness“ from every angle possible. Their debut-album „Yesterday Still Lies Between The Floorboards“ will be released by Unit Records on October 5th, 2018. Both singers met at the world-renowned and prestigious Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition 2016 placing 1st and 2nd and decided to continue working together: And now here they are!

Check out the article about Arta’s Light on Hot House Jazz Guide Magazine:

Musicians Talk Inspirations: Arta Jēkabsone by Seton Hawkins

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Arta Jēkabsone Quintet is presenting the album “Light” in The Baltic States this August …

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AISMA – Book I

Let music and fairytale take you away into a world of a girl living between dreams and reality. Click on to see the video and see if you can help us to live the dream…


Arta Jēkabsone  digital debut album ” Light”  arrived on 16th of December

On the 16th of July  Arta Jēkabsone started her journey of light capturing musical stories at HanaRoad Music Studio  in Montreux, Switzerland.  Jēkabsone recorded this music together with  Theo Walentiny, Nick Dunston, Lucas Kadish and Connor Parks.  Six month later on the  16th of December  long awaited album ” Light” is experiencing its daylight.

Now music is available on Itunes Music, Amazon Music, Apple Music,  Spotify, and many more digital streaming websites.  Physical copy limited edition release date will be announced soon.



Arta Jēkabsone debut album “Light”

My Debut album ” Light” is still searching for its time to see the daylight…  The album was recorded in July of 2017 at the Hana Road Music Studio in Montreux, Switzerland. The personnel of the album, who met in New York City, consists of me Arta Jēkabsone (voice, compositions), Theo Walentiny (piano), Lucas Kadish (guitar), Nick Dunston (bass, compositions), and Connor Parks (Drums). I am very excited.

Arta Jekabsone Band has performed internationally:
First Appearance was in Bern Jazz Festival 2016,
On July 12th of 2017 band performed at 51st Montreux Jazz Festival, presenting the conceptual program ” Light” .



Arta Jēkabsone & Erik Leuthäuser Duo Album will be released in Fall 2018

Check out the video.  Snippet from a concert in Berlin…


… Arta’s Farewell concerts with musician friends in Latvia starting this Friday, 18th of August …



Before going back to the city that doesn’t sleep – NYC,  Arta is thrilled to play her last performances with her friends.  Join them:

August 18th, 19.00,  Venstpils Groove Festival with friends Edgars Cīrulis, Svens Vilsons, Ilmārs Priede, Pauls Ķierpe   Ventspils, Latvia 

August 19th, 21.00,  “Music of Norma Winstone” with Evilena Protektore, Jānis Rubiks, Edgars Cīrulis at Trompete, Riga, Latvia 

August 24th , 19.00,  “Upe,Upe, Gauja, Gauja” with Artis Gāga  Project at Ziemeļblāzma Concert Hall, Riga, Latvia

August 25th, 19.00, DŽEZA MŪZIKAS KONCERTS AR GERHARDU ORNIGU UN ARTU JĒKABSONi  at Liepājas Dzintars, Liepaja, Latvia


Arta Jēkabsone & Tuomo Uusitalo at Jazzkukko Festival Saturday 5th of August. Don’t miss it!


Arta is having a wonderful  time in Finland, Laitila giving a workshop for students  and performing together with Tuomo Uusitalo (piano), Kari Antila (guitar), Gianni Gagliardi Dell’Agnolo (tenor saxophone). Saturday 5th of August at 4 pm  Arta & Tuomo will perform at the JazzKukko Festival main stage. In their repertoire – original music and songs from The Great American Song Book.

More information:


Erik Leuthäuser & Arta Jēkabsone in Berlin 

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Having a wonderful time in Berlin with Erik Leuthäuser & Matti Klein. Playing two more beautiful concerts at Cafe Tasso (25th of July) & Ballery (26th of July). Closing our small concert journey in Riga Paskevich Jazz Club. Join us, we would love to share some stories with you!  


51st Montreux Jazz Festival 2017

Arta Jēkabsone Quintet at Montreux Jazz Club, Wednesday 12th of July 8:00 pm    




Arta Jēkabsone 

My heart, soul and ears get inspired by any kind of music.  The most important for me is that the music reflects honesty, passion and love.


19850976_10213805672801097_1284105378_oLucas Kadish (Guitar)


If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.   – Charles Bukowski


19904636_10209679924540375_1981797157_n.jpgTheo Walentiny (Piano)

Paint what you like and die happy – Henry Miller


Nick Dunston (Bass)

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You only life twice, or so it seems. One life for yourself, and one for your dreams.


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Connor Parks (Drums)

Music is the universal language that unites humanity!




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