Arturas Bumšteinas is Lithuanian composer and sound artist. Active in the field of art music since the end of the 90s, in the year 2012 he started performing under his Refusenik moniker.
Bumšteinas was born in 1982 in Vilnius, Lithuania. He is a composer of acoustic and electronic music (graduated from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater), founder of international ensembles Works and Days, Zarasai (together with Anton Lukoszevieze), Wolumen (together with Dominykas Vyšniauskas) and Quartet Twentytwentyone; conceptual artist with various projects presented in more than 30 exhibitions around Europe. The festivals where Bumšteinas participated with his music and audiovisual projects among others include the Holland Festival, Angelica, Sensoralia/Romaeuropa, Avanto, Sonic Circuits, Skanumezs, Full Pull, Cut & Splice, Wundergrund, Vilnius Jazz Festival etc. Since the beginning of his career he has collaborated with various musicians and visual artists. Amongst the publishers of Bumšteinas's music are such labels as Polish Bolt Records, Portuguese Cronica, Spanish con-v, Lithuanian Semplice Records; his exhibition-related work is represented by Galerie Antje Wachs in Berlin. His work is featured on UbuWeb (a prominent online resource for the avant-garde arts), his work has been numerous times commissioned by the Deutschlandradio Kultur and various other international cultural institutions. In year 2013 he was awarded “Palma Ars Acustica” prize for radiophonic arts.
- Antiradical Opera (2002-2005), experimental opera for radio with libretto by Jesse Glass.
- Klavierkonzert. Die Schottische Symphonie by Joseph Beuys (2006), solo piano performance presented in Palais de Wittgenstein and Konzerthaus Berlin on two different occasions, Duesseldorf and Berlin.
- Quartet Twentytwentyone (2005- ongoing), quartet of experimental musicians devoted to performances of graphic scores.
- Stockhausen Cocktail Bar Menu (2007), book of experimental cocktail recipes, produced by Vilnius' Contemporary Art Center.
- Works and Days (2009 - ongoing), international ensemble of improvising musicians.
- My Own Private Bayreuth (2010), relational recording sessions in the gallery space based on Richard Wagner's music, produced by HotelMariaKapel art center, Amsterdam.
- Organ Safari (2010), an ongoing organ-field-recording and live music project produced by Orgelpark, presented by Holland Festival, Amsterdam.
- Words and Music (2010) solo exhibition of interdisciplinary artworks, presented by Galerie Antje Wachs, Berlin.
- Morning and Evening at the Museum (2010), recording and performance project with old instruments from the archives of Lithuanian Theater, Music and Cinema Museum in Vilnius.
- Voicescapes (2011), collaborative project with saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas based on the Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis's choir music, produced by Semplice Records, presented by the Vilnius Jazz Festival.
- Sleep. An Attempt at Trying (2011), fictional radio programme for insomniacs, produced by Deutschlandradio Kultur.
- Gwizdały (2012), site-specific sound installation and acousmatic concert, produced by Laboratorium CSW and IBPP, Warsaw.
- Scattered Pages (2012), site-specific performance piece for 6 pianos, voices and electronics, based on the music of Anton Bruckner, commissioned by OK Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz.
- Epiloghi - Six Ways of Saying Zangtumbtumb (2013), six epilogues of an imaginary Baroque opera for harpsichord and theater noise machines, composed in response of Luigi Russolo's "The Art of Noises" and René Descartes "Passions of the Soul", produced by Deutschlandradio Kultur.
Anton Lukoszevieze (UK), Liudas Mockūnas (LT), Peter "Pure" Votava (AT), Piotr Kurek (PL), Bartek Kalinka (PL), Ilia Belorukov (RU), Denitsa Mineva (DE), Jesse Glass (JP), Dominykas Vyšniauskas (LT), Alina Orlova (LT), Kyrre Bjørkås (NO), Darius Čiuta (LT), Antanas Kučinskas (LT), Antanas Dombrovskij (LT), Lys (LT), Lina Lapelytė (UK), Vladimir Tarasov (LT), Laura Garbštienė (LT), Gintaras Makarevičius (LT), Janel & Anthony (USA), Jeff Surak (USA), Seth Josel (DE), Max Reinhardt (UK), Rhodri Davies (UK), Borut Savski (SI), Wojtek Ziemilski (PL), Tadas Žukauskas (LT), Mikas Žukauskas (LT), Mieczyslaw Litwinski (PL), Maarten Ornstein (NL), Christian Frossi (IT), Chordos Quartet (LT), Johnny Chang (DE), Emanuele Torquati (IT), Gośka Isphording (NL).
- Floating Points (2002) Virpesys CDR
- Retorta (2003) Nexsound MP3
- Placido (2004) Zeromoon MP3
- Johnny, One Note Drone and Polydrone Tone (2004) Cohort CDR
- Live at Rixc (2005) Organic Pipeline CDR
- Treatise (with Twentytwentyone) (2006) Con-c MP3
- Uniforms (2007) Bolt CD
- Blur (2008) Galerie Antje Wachs CDR
- Heap of Language (2009) Bolt CD
- Pastoral (2010) Crónica MP3
- Stories from the Organ Safari (2010) NMKC CD
- Reading Newspapers (2011) XVParowek MC
- Chip Off The Old Block (2011) ~taquet CDR
- Shadow of Shadows (2011) Crónica MP3
- Eterniday News Nr.1 (2011) Audiotalaia MP3
- My Own Private Bayreuth (2011) Hotel Mariakapel CD
- Place Muzik (with Zarasai) (2011) Sangoplasmo MC
- Voicescapes (with Liudas Mockunas) (2012) Semplice CD
- Three Sixteens (2012) Con-v CD
- Caves (2012) Glissando Magazine MP3
- To Ostatnia Niedziela (2012) Echomusic MP3
- Music of Kaspar Hauser (with Bartek Kalinka) (2012) XVParowek CDR
- September Improvisations (with Wolumen) (2012) DDR MC
- My Live Evil (with Alexander Platzner & Miro Toth) (2012) NomadSkyDiaries MC
- Jakov & Gwizdaly (2012) Crónica MP3
- Live at Balta Nakts (as Refusenik) (2012) Crónica MP3
- Gamelan Descending a Staircase (2015) Crónica CD
- Krones, Hartmut (2008). Multikulturelle und internationale Konzepte in der Neuen Musik. Böhlau Verlag Wien. p. 483. ISBN 978-3-205-77501-0.
- "Lottospelaren i Brösarp". Kristianstadsbladet. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
- "Een brij van gesamplede orgels". De Volkskrant. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
- "Artūras Bumšteinas išleido naują albumą". Kauno diena. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
- Loco Nordin, Ingvar. "4 / 25 / 65 – An Opera (ANTIRADICAL OPERA)". SONOLOCO. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- Bartoszewicz, Dariusz. "Wieś w samym centrum Warszawy. Słychać gwizdanie". Gazeta Stoleczna. Retrieved 2 December 2012.