WORLD MUSIC

The Centre of Folklore and Ethnography of Etnic Minorities in Lithuania annually initiates the creation, presentation and distribution of a new music creation. Our annual goal is to order new world music musical compositions from most famous composers, to encourage them to combine the folk melody, rhythm and poetics of different nations living in Lithuania and new forms of contemporary music. Since 2009, the main goal of this project, which has attracted professional music and authentic folklore artists, is to capture the brightest examples of musical folklore, interest both folk creatives and professional art lovers, educate children and young people in culture, and musical heritage. The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and prominent Lithuanian conductors have become our permanent partners-performers. The following works have already been created and successfully presented to Lithuanian and foreign audiences:

LINAS RIMŠA “OLD FAITH”, 2009 

The work commissioned for the festival Pokrovskye Kolokola was performed in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society with great success and became part of the program “Vilnius - European Capital of Culture 2009” and later at the Lithuanian National Drama Theater and the Moscow International House of Music. 2015 an orchestral version of the work was created, enriching the possibilities of expressing his creative thought through musical expression and including new added parts, which was successfully presented at the celebration of the Day of Restoration of Lithuanian Independence in St. Petersburg in 2017 and at the Tbilisi State Conservatory in 2019.

The composition of the Lithuanian composer on spiritual topics was recognized and highly appreciated by music critics. The CD of the music piece was released twice in Lithuania, and later the right to release this album was given to the famous British company ARC Music.

In the music of Linas Rimša, folklore unites with fragments of other musical cultures, genres and styles. The Russian folklore ensemble performs authentic songs and songs of Lithuanian Old Believers. A rare folklore genre - religious singing poetry - has been selected for the world music project.

ARTISTS:

LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, art director Sergey KRYLOV

Folklore ensemble ARINUSHKA, art directors Irena and Nikolai ZACHAROV

Soloists: Viktoras ŽABROVAS, Arina ZACHAROVA

Julia MOROZOVA (organ, cello)

Percussion group HAND VOICES

Rūta RAGINYTĖ (lamzdelis)

Tomas BIELIAUSKAS (oboe)

Nikolai ZACHAROV (bayan)

Tomas VARNAGIRIS (guitar)

DYNGYLDAI (vocals, Republic Tyva)

Conductor Robertas SHERVENIKAS

ANDREI DOINIKOV “ETHNOSPHERE - A NEW BREATH OF TRADITION”, 2012

The symphonic suite for soloists, folklore ensembles and orchestra "Ethnosphere - A New Breath of Tradition" is a creative experiment of the organizers of the festival Pokrovskije kolokola and participants of the Ethnosphere program. The title of the project reflects the core idea of the movement itself, which brought together performers who have received high recognition in various countries around the world. They nurture folk traditions by translating them into new forms of contemporary music and attracting young, creative musicians. One of them is Andrei Doinikov, a great composer, percussionist, pianist, conductor.

ARTISTS:

LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, art director Sergey KRYLOV
Folklore ensemble ARINUSHKA, art directors Irena and Nikolai ZACHAROV

Soloists:

Andrei KOTOV (vocals, folk instruments, Russia)

Sergey STAROSTIN (vocals, folk instruments, Russia)

Sergey FILATOV (piano, Russia)

Vitaly KIS (guitar, Russia)

Sergey KLEVENSKY (folk instruments, Russia)

Dmitry VLASENKO (folk instruments, Russia)

Conductor Andrei DOINIKOV (Germany-Russia)

GEDIMINAS RIMKUS RIMKEVIČIUS “FOLK RHAPSODY”, 2013 

The Slavic song cycle "Folk Rhapsody" is also a composition of the popular world music trend of our time. The composition of the Lithuanian composer Gediminas Rimkus Rimkevičius “Folk Rhapsody” reveals the composer's individual approach to folklore, the synthesis of folk and academic music. The voices of folk artists, blending harmoniously with the orchestral and ethnic instruments, create a unique mystery of ancient and contemporary music.

ARTISTS:

LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, artistic director Sergey KRYLOV

Folklore ensembles ARINUSKA, art directors Irena and Nikolai ZACHAROV

TRAIKOTKA, artistic director Irena VIŠNEVSKA

SVIATO, Artistic Director Arina ZACHAROVA

Soloists: Yevgeny YEFREMOV (vocals, Ukraine)

Sergey KLEVENSKIJ (folk instruments, Russia)

Julia MOROZOVA (piano, Lithuania)

Nikolay ZACHAROV (bayan, vocals, Lithuania)

Tomas BOTYRIUS (saxophone, Lithuania)

Igor KRAMAREVAS (trumpet, Lithuania)

Artūras CHALIKOVAS (guitar, Lithuania)

Percussion group HAND VOICES (Lithuania)

Valentinas KRULIKOVSKIS (jaw harp, Lithuania)

Vyacheslav LUKJANENKO (jaw harp, Lithuania)

Conductor Robertas SHERVENIKAS

JONAS JURKŪNAS “FROM THIS CITY”, 2014 

The piece features folk songs from different nations - Russian, Jewish, Polish, Ukrainian, Belarussian, Lithuanian and other - revealed by modern means of contemporary music expression. Jonas Jurkūnas, a talented composer who has won recognition in Lithuania and abroad, asks himself and his listeners the question: "What would representatives of different nations from Vilnius, spread all over the world, tell the people of distant lands about themselves and Vilnius?". The answer lies in the piece, in which the orchestra symbolizes the city of Vilnius, the performers - ethnic groups who have lived and still live in Vilnius since ancient times, and their profound national idiosyncrasies.  The piece consists of vocal-instrumental episodes and orchestral inserts, and the finale sounds an orchestral tutti, symbolizing the apotheosis of the Lithuanian capital.  An avid experimenter, the piece blends music and visual arts in a harmonious way, revealing the potential for art synthesis and its unique impact on listeners.

ARTISTS:

LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, artistic director Sergey KRYLOV

Folklore ensembles ARINUSKA, art directors Irena and Nikolai ZACHAROV

SVIATO, Artistic Director Arina ZACHAROVA

Folklore Ensemble INTAKAS

Soloists: Rafail KARPIS (tenor)

Saulius PETREIKIS (multi-instrumentalist)

Hamidreza RAHBARALAM, Tomas KULIKAUSAS (percussion)

Gospel Choir HARK!

Visual artist Rimas SAKALAUSKAS

Set designer Anželika ŠULCAITĖ

Conductor Modestas BARKAUSKAS

LINAS RIMŠA “WOMEN'S SONGS”, 2015

The concept of the piece is exceptional - the composer presents the singing folklore of women of different nations in the context of contemporary music, thus highlighting the importance of the female element in the traditional culture of different nations and revealing the possibilities of synthesis of ethnic music and modern music composing and performance.

In folklore, a woman's life beginning is associated with fortuity and the magic of the word. A woman's word has a bigger influence than a man's word, often gaining a curse resembling power. The feminine creative beginning in folk songs involves lyricism, the ability to express symbols, emotionality, rituality, generalization and the pursuit of tradition. All these aspects have been explored, reviewed, revealed and articulated by the composer with the help of the music language, so the composition should be seen not only as a high-level piece of music, but also as a result of scientific research and discovery.

ARTISTS:

LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, artistic director Sergey KRYLOV

Soloists:

Shorena JANIASHVILI (vocals)

Erica JENNINGS (vocals)

Laurita PELENIUTE (vocals)

Tatjana ZACHIKEVICH (vocals, Poland)

Rūta RAGINYTĖ (The Snowdrop)

Percussion group HAND VOICES

Conductor Robertas SHERVENIKAS

ALGIRDAS MARTINAITIS “SAGA OF LIFE”, 2016

 The cantata in World music style in which spontaneous, naughty Russian national songs intertwine with the static, "fatal" musical inserts which are characteristic to works of a large form of vocal music – to cantatas and oratorios. Such examples already are included in works of composers of the 20th century – Carl Orff, Valery Gavrilin, Karl Jenkins. The work consists of three parts symbolizing human life stages: youth – pleasures of spring, a wedding; a maturity – summer works and holidays; an old age –autumn, fall when acts of all human life are weighed. In the work, the author tries to emphasize vocal theatricality, expressiveness of the song text, providing to performers scenic freedom and by emphasizing lines of the Russian national character.

ARTISTS:

LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, artistic director Sergej KRYLOV                                                                            

Folklore ensemble ARINUSKA, artistic directors Irena and Nikolai ZACHAROV

Soloists: Viktoras ŽABROVAS, Arina ZACHAROVA

Rafail KARPIS, Evelina SASHENKO (vocals) Julia MOROZOVA (celesta)                                                                

Sergej STAROSTIN (ethnic wind instruments)                                                                               

Giedrius GELGOTAS (flute)

Dominykas VYŠNIAUSKAS (trumpet)

Percussion group HAND VOICES

Conductor Modestas PITRĖNAS

ZITA BRUŽAITE “COLLAGES”, 2017

“Collages” is a musical composition, which does not fit into the strict framework of genre and style, reflecting the composer’s last term objective of creating monumental compositions, which have individual genre name (cantatorium “Lumen fidei" (2013), simfort "The Shield", (2016) and the music epic "... because miss you" (2016) ). Although most of the collages’ terms represent the visual arts of different connection techniques, they can also be organic in music, especially in Zita Bružaitė’s works, where stylistic interlacing is not uncongenial. The composer’s idea for the work was "borrowed" from the love theme, which is often exploited by various artists. In this theme’s background intertwines the counterpoint of human birth, the longing and loss, i.e. personal, community and global relations. Collages comprises of five parts, that may be regarded as a roundel e.g. rotating wheel cycle, in which the only thing that changes is us, but the themes and emotions remain eternal.

ARTISTS:       

LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, artistic director Sergej KRYLOV                                                                  

Folklore ensemble ARINUSKA, artistic directors Irena and Nikolai ZACHAROV

Raimonda VEBELIUNAITE-VIRVYTIENE, Karolina DAUKŠIENĖ (flute)

Rimantas VALANČIAUSKAS, Dalius NOREIKA, Audrius BARVYDIS, Arūnas MULIARČIKAS (trombone)

Tomas DIČIŪNAS (keyboard)

Tomas MASLAUSKAS (bass guitar)

Tomas Kulikauskas, Artūras Žemblyas (percussion)

Conductor Modestas BARKAUSKAS

ANATOLIJUS ŠENDEROVAS “DEDICATION”, 2018

The theme of the work "Dedication" was inspired by Tomas Venclova's book ""Vilnius: City Guide". "Dedication", with the help of the musical language, gives meaning to very vivid moments related to the facts of old Vilnius history. The work reveals the image of a multiethnic Vilnius, and tells the story by interweaving the facts of the lives of individual nations in the city and their interrelations. Each part of the piece reflects the cultures of the peoples living and creating in Vilnius and is associated with a specific historical place (Town Hall, Bolshaya Pogulianka, etc.) and the town’s personalities (Adam Mickiewicz, Francysk Skaryna, etc.) or city related facts. The city tells its story on the stage - like all nations - Lithuanians, Russians, Byelorussians, Bulgarians, Ukrainians, Jews, Poles, Karaites, Georgians - together they built and created the capital of the modern city as it is now. The piece's unique dynamism was given by the dancer's choreography, revealing the creator's idea and reinforcing the impact of his idea.