Latvian - American composer Lolita Ritmanis together with her husband, sound engineer and producer, Mark Mattson and Amy Andersson have received "Grammy" Award for the album "Women Warriors: The Voices of Change" in a "Best Classical Compendium" category. The album was recorded in Riga at Latvian Radio Studio 1.
Initially the musical project "Women Warriors: The Voices of Change" was created as a multimedia concert performance and a documentary. Women Warriors: The Voices of Change is a ground-breaking concert creation that honors the strength and heroism of global activists fighting for social justice, human and civil rights, LGBTQ rights, environmental causes, minority rights, gender equality and the right of every girl to have access to education. A cultural tour de force whose time has come, this production features over sixty-five activists who have changed the course of history.
In partnership with Orchestra Moderne NYC, Riga Cathedral Girls’ Choir and conductor Aira Birzina, Amy Andersson, and an incredible team of award winning Hollywood female composers and songwriters, one of them being Lolita Ritmanis, have created an inspiring and uplifting, multi-media symphonic concert that gives voice, hope, and courage to women and girls around the world. The world premiere was on September 20th, 2019 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.
"We live in a time of great hope for change, in a time where women’s voices will no longer be silenced, or ignored. As we rip off the band-aid that has been covering up many unhealed and unacknowledged wounds from our past, the time is now, to learn from that past, and through awareness create a healthier society, where equality becomes the norm, and where diverse voices are no longer marginalized, but rather celebrated, " shares Lolita Ritmanis.
A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2021, composer Lolita Ritmanis is a vibrant member of the international film music community. With a passion for collaborating with visionary voices, this Emmy Award, Grammy award winning and Annie Award nominated composer has filled her resume with a wide variety of projects including most recently her 2021 Oscar shortlisted 70 minute symphonic score for Blizzard of Souls, music for "Young Justice: Phantoms (HBO Max), music for television, musical theatre, independent film, video games, documentaries, and the concert stage. Her music has been performed throughout the world, and also in America at prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Lolita is one of the founders of the Alliance for Women Film Composers.