Duo Zubovas: “Resounding Sea of Colour. Debussy and Čiurlionis” 2022-04-01

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Three Sketches for Symphony Orchestra “The Sea”

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875 – 1911) Symphonic poem “The Sea”

Transcriptions for piano four hands

Duo Zubovas: Sonata Zubovienė and Rokas Zubovas, piano

The program “Resounding Sea of Colours. Debussy and Čiurlionis” unites two symphonic masterpieces from the early twentieth century adapted for one piano four hands.

Debussy and Čiurlionis started composing their majestic marinist opuses in the same year, 1903. Debussy completed The Three Sketches for Symphony Orchestra “La Mer” in 1905. In the same year, the work was performed in Paris, but without much success – the language of the work was too modern for the listenner. In order to make the work accessible to wider audience, the composer also prepared and published an adaptation of the work for one piano four hands in 1905.

Čiurlionis completed his monumental symphonic poem “The Sea” in 1907, but the work was performed only in 1936, twenty-five years after composer’s death. The adaptation of Čiurlionis’ “The Sea” for piano four hands was prepared by the composer’s youngest sister Jadvyga Čiurlionytė around 1925. The adaptation, which until now remained only in manuscript format, is currently being restored and edited for the first public performance.

In 2022, these two monumental seminal early twentieth-century works will be performed for the first time in one program, revealing the kinship between the creative aspirations and ideas of two early twentieth- century geniuses, as well as highlighting the surrounding cultural context.. The program will also present for the first time a version of Čiurlionis’ symphonic poem “The Sea” for piano four hands.

In 2022, Duo Zubovas celebrates the 25th anniversary of their creative career. The Duo’s debut concert took place in Chicago in 1997. The Duo has performed in major American and Canadian cities, Argentina and Uruguay, many European countries (Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Ukraine), as well as Russia, Belarus, and Iran.

Duo Zubovas is regularly invited to participate in international festivals: France (Berlioz, 2003), Italy (Cita di Castello, 2004), Norway (Norskmusikfestucke, 2001), Slovenia (Ljubljana, 2010), Russia (Bachosluzheniye, 2009), Germany (Usedom, 2011 ), Finland (Rauma, 2013), Belarus (Piano Duo Festival, 2017), Ukraine (Kiev Easter Music Festival, 2018), the Netherlands (Festival Vocallis, 2021), and Lithuania (“Pažaislis”, “Marių klavyrai”,“ Klaipėdos pavasaris”, “Jauna muzika”,“Permainų muzika”,“ Gaida ”, Šiauliai Piano Duo Festival”, etc.). Pianists carry out educational programs in Lithuanian cities, in 2005-2019 they organized the annual international music and ecology festival “Land of the Disobedient” in Neringa.

Zubovas Duo has performed with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Belarusian State Symphony Orchestra, the Kherson Symphony Orchestra, the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, Šiauliai, Klaipėda, St. Christopher and Kaliningrad Philharmonic chamber orchestras, Vilnius String Quartet, Čiurlionis Quartet, as well as “Aukuras”, “Aidija”, Vilnius University, “Jauna muzika”, and “Dainava” (Chicago) choirs. The Duo performed world premieres of works written for it by more than 10 different composers.

Organiser:

Impetus musicus („Nepaklusnieji“)

Partners:

M. K. Čiurlionis House in Vilnius

Institut Français de Lituanie

Ambassade de France en Lituanie

Varėnos kultūros centras

Druskininkų kultūros centras

M. K. Čiurlionis Route

Gravenhof

Sponsors:

Lithuanian Council for Culture
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Kingdom of Belgium
Lithuanian Culture Institute

Concert calendar:

04.05 17:30 Varėnos Jadvygos Čiurlionytės menų mokykla (Vytauto g. 29, Varėna)

04.06 17:00 Druskininkų M. K. Čiurlionio meno mokykla(Vytauto g. 23, Druskininkai)

04.07 17:00 Alytaus muzikos mokykla (Sporto g. 12, Alytus)

04.13 17:00 Rietavo savivaldybės kultūros centras (Parko g. 5, Rietavas)

04.24 15:00 Lūznavas muiža (Pils iela 8, Lūznava, Latvija)

04.25 17:00 Zarasų meno mokykla (Dariaus ir Girėno g. 11, Zarasai)

05.01 15:00 Kasteel Sorghvliedt (Marneflaan 3, BE – 2660 Hoboken, Antverpenas, Belgija)

Kerem and Zubovas premiere Čiurlionis’ ‘Without Saying Goodbye’ 2021-12-10

VILNIUS, December 8th — This Wednesday, Estonian composer and violinist Mihkel Kerem and Lithuanian pianist Rokas Zubovas organised an important concert at the Vilnius Town Hall in occasion of the Vilnius 700 project, a long-term project to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Vilnius which will take place in 2023. The concert brought together around 150 people at Vilniaus Rotušė.

After playing pieces from well-known composers from the 19th and 20th century, such as Béla Bartók, Heino Eller, Leoš Janáček and Jean Sibelius, the two musicians played the composition ‘Without Saying Goodbye’ („Neatsisveikinęs“ in Lithuanian) that Mihkel Kerem, who has already composed over 160 pieces, created over lost musical sketches of the famed Lithuanian composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis who died in 1911.

The musician and painter M.K. Čiurlionis has been an important symbol of Lithuanian music and art, having participated in organising the first Exhibition of Lithuanian Art of 1907, among other events. He was also one of the 19 founders of the Lithuanian Art Society. Nowadays, Čiurlionis is regarded as a national artist and is a symbolic figure of Lithuanian art.

In a small side room of Vilnius Town Hall (Vilniaus Rotušė), Kerem and Zubovas get ready for their concert and discuss the event’s meaning.

Why was Vilniaus Rotušė chosen?

Indeed, the Town Hall was first mentioned in 1432; since then, it was rebuilt many times. The current building dates back to 1799. Today, it’s a representative monument of Lithuania, which is often visited by foreign officials, such as George W. Bush or Queen Elizabeth II.

“We’re back in this center where so much of history of Vilnius and Lithuania has happened and keeps happening,” added Kerem.

An exceptional concert

“I think this is quite a special concert because we also play other nationalist composers.  All of them were trying to create their own unique musical language based on very specific national idioms, nature and dances. The whole program is, in a way, a map of Europe in the early 20thcentury,” remarked Rokas Zubovas.

The two musicians played various music from Hungary, Estonia, Czech Republic and Finland, covering most of Eastern Europe from the North to the South.

“Not only in their own language, with Czech music of course there was a huge musical culture before. But let’s look at Lithuania, Estonia or Finland as well; we didn’t have any musical culture — it was a national awakening,” continued Mihkel Kerem.

After so many years, the legacy persists

“It’s exceptional in a sense that still, after more than 110 years after Čiurlionis died, there is still new material that surfaces and new music compositions that are written on-top of it,” pondered Zubovas, the great-grandson of M.K. Čiurlionis. The pianist is very active in making a name for his great-grandfather.

Čiurlionis died on the 10th of April 1911 of pneumonia, at the age of 35 years old.

“About 15 years ago, a manuscript of Čiurlionis’ “Sonata for violin” was uncovered among papers of his younger sister Jadvyga Čiurlionytė. These sketches of Čiurlionis’ work were just sitting, waiting for someone to touch them. I then suggested to Mihkel to look at them because he was both a violinist and composer. So, I thought that maybe these sketches should be looked at by a composer who’s also a violinist,” explained Zubovas.

‘Without Saying Goodbye’: a complicated piece to rebuild

“The sketches are very sparse and clearly were being written as a piece. It feels like he had written a lot of it and that quite a large chunk of it was missing… such as the beginning. There is no kind of basic material to really complete the piece, and I had to do something else with it, to mature this wonderful music, so it could come out somehow,” the Estonian composer described ‘Without Saying Goodbye’.

Since 2012, this project was on the back of Mihkel Kerem’s mind, having met and played with Rokas Zubovas at a concert in Estonia.

“In this work that I created, I made it into like a little ‘pedestal’ to bring these bits of genius out from the page. Because to play them as they are there really feels like you’re playing the composer’s rough thoughts and can’t present it like this. Some of it is great, some of it is really complete and… a lot of it is just two notes, four chords, something messed up, something missing. But I used all of it, and so I wrote kind of my own piece around it as like a cushion to support his work,” clarified Mihkel Kerem.

A piece with historical value

“Here we’re talking about something that was written in the late 19th century: approximately around 1897-1898, nobody knows exactly, because small sketches are all we have. Which historically would make it the very first Lithuanian chamber-sonata,” explained the Lithuanian pianist.

Historically, the first Lithuanian chamber-sonata, a musical composition usually comprised of four movements and is commonly played at secular events, was composed by Juozas Gruodis with his ‘Sonata for violin and piano in D minor’ written in 1922. If completed 25 years earlier, this piece made by Čiurlionis, would have been the first.

“I suppose that makes Čiurlionis very special, a piece that- if it would have been completed -would have been the first, is premiered 125 years later,” concluded Kerem.

‘Without Saying Goodbye’ — living beyond the grave as an artist

“I imagine this as a link between his youth because the piece was written when he was very young. But also it is the very end of his life, because it feels that there are bits that you just remember from his earlier life; it’s still a very tragic way he died, it’s a problematic thing isn’t it? So it represents his life that was cut short and also that he couldn’t say ‘goodbye’ or even ‘hello’ to his little daughter that he never saw,” said Kerem justifying the name of the piece.

Unfortunately, Čiurlionis never saw his daughter Danutė, who was born on June 12th1910. At the time, he was held at the “Czerwony Dwór” (Red Manor) hospital near Warsaw, where he caught a cold and died shortly after of pneumonia, on the April 10th 1911.

“People or composers and artists like Čiurlionis really don’t plan to die, and leave quite a lot to finish for the future generations. So, it is as if they’re never saying ‘goodbye’. You’re still finding things as if he just left the room and came back. His musical list of compositions becomes fuller and fuller even though he’s been dead for more than a hundred years,” wrapped up Rokas Zubovas.

—for The Lithuania Tribune by Lukas BARBIER (www.lukasbarbier.com)

ROKAS ZUBOVAS & PHIL VON: New album “Eiti ramyben” presentation concert 2021-11-03

Rokas & Phil @ EitiRamybėn by Mindaugas Jokubauskas

It is not easy to maintain dignity and spiritual peace in these difficult times of universal uncertainty. Well-educated and sensitive artist Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis found comfort and support in Lithuanian folk music during difficult moments in his life.

In the melodies and consonances polished over the centuries, the classic felt a versatility that is perfect for people of modern times as well. Not only did he enthusiastically create new, very modern music based on folk music at the time, but he also commissioned future artists to continue this work:

This assignment is consistently carried out by one of the world’s most famous music experts and performers of M.K. Čiurlionis, his great-grandson, pianist Rokas Zubovas. He has recorded and released numerous albums with music by M.K. Čiurlionis, including a monumental anthology of six CDs with the book “M.K. Čiurlionis. Pieces for piano”. As a soloist, a member of various chamber ensembles and the piano duo “Duo Zubovas”, the pianist has successfully performed in many countries in Europe, North and South America.

In 2018, Rokas Zubovas got acquainted with the French electronic and theater music creator and actor Phil Von, who has been living in Vilnius for several years.

Phil Von’s previous music, especially that of his band Von Magnet, has a strong influence on flamenco and other styles of folk music, which is why critics have called it electro-flamenco. While living in Vilnius, Phil Von created and often performs live a program of electronic interpretations of Lithuanian folk music and recordings of Lithuanian neo-folk performers. In 2019, he produced the solo album of the composer Algirdas Klova “The Flow of Versmė”.

The duo soon introduced a program in which M.K. Pieces for piano based on Čiurlionis’ Lithuanian folk songs sound in a freer, modern interpretation by Rokas Zubovas. During the concert, Phil Von transforms the sound of the piano with various electronic devices and complements it with the natural sounds of nature and electronic instruments.

Placed in a digital futuristic medium, the electronically transmuted piano chords saturated with folk music sound like a space orchestra. They seem to be looking for ways to find a way to spiritual balance in an extremely intense, aggressive everyday life, which is why the authors of the project called it “Go to Peace”.

Rokas Zubovas & Phil Von will be performing at the Church of St. Catherine, Vilnius on November 8th at 7 P.M. Ticket seller Paysera Tickets

PRE-ORDER Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl + Digital Album “Eiti ramyben” (“Go to Peace”) by Rokas Zubovas & Phil Von HERE

Composer Ciurlionis showed how Lithuania sounds 2021-10-27

Ciurlionis, you say? For the uninitiated in Lithuanian culture: Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis was the greatest composer the country produced, he was also one of the most important visual artists and a more than creditable writer. When Ciurlionis died in 1911, he left behind some 400 pieces of music and 300 paintings – and he was only thirty-five. The Limburg festival Vocallis, which took place on Friday, putted a spotlight on multi-talented Ciurlionis in its opening weekend.

Pianist Rokas Zubovas (1966) knows a handy formula for the specific gravity of Ciurlionis: “Compare it with Norway: suppose you put painter Edvard Munch and composer Edvard Grieg together in one person, then you have a nice idea.” On Friday, Zubovas and his wife, pianist Sonata Deveikyté-Zuboviené, played a ‘narrative concert’ in which Ciurlionis’ music, art and literature came together.

Pianist becomes actor

The life of Zubovas is quite intertwined with that of Ciurlionis. To begin with, he is a great-grandson of the composer-artist. In 1986 he won joint first prize in the Ciurlionis Piano Competition, which he retrospectively calls “the most important event in my life.” As a pianist, Zubovas is one of the foremost performers and advocates of his ancestor, and when he was involved as a musical advisor in the biographical film Letters to Sofija (2013) to his own surprise, he was asked to play the lead role. “I’m not an actor, but I can do things that actors can’t,” says Zubovas. The film was screened in Maastricht on Saturday afternoon.

In retrospect it is easy to say that Zubovas was born to serve as an apostle of Ciurlionis. But it wasn’t like that, he says: „Ciurlionis was not in my family big deal. I am very grateful to them for that. I wasn’t involved with him until I had to play his music at the conservatory – I met him first as a colleague, later as a family. And only during the filming did I delve into his personality. But it is strange if you have been so intensively involved with someone for over thirty years. I feel like I’ve become more and more like him.”

Synesthetic method

On Friday evening, Zubovas and his wife played a quatre-mains version of Ciurlionis’ most famous work, the symphonic poem Mice (‘In the forest’): „That is the symphonic representation of Lithuania, the absolute number 1 in the canon. We know from his letters that Ciurlionis himself played it on the piano for his friends,” explains Zubovas. After that there is “a dialogue between music and literature”, in which paintings are also shown. Zubovas plays piano solo pieces and Sonata reads. In this way visitors can form an image of Ciurlionis’ synaesthetic working method: he saw colors with sounds and vice versa. “He had an antenna for all that was new, and at the same time he was a romantic at heart.”

In the concert they follow Ciurlionis’ style development chronologically. In the beginning, around 1900, he focused on the scenic beauty of Lithuania. His interest then shifted to what Zubovas calls “the fairy tale.” „We end with the piano variations The sea from 1908, which are already very abstract. We show the painting cycle Sonata of the Zee from the same time and there is a literary fragment about the sea.”

The man who would become a national hero did not live to see Lithuania’s independence in 1918. Zubovas: “Ciurlionis led an intense life, smoked a lot, hardly ate and only drank very sweet tea. That lifestyle wrecked his body and in 1910 he collapsed. He spent the last year and a half of his life in a sanatorium, where he died of pneumonia.”

Festival Vocallis, 22/10 to 7/11, at various locations in South Limburg. Inl: festivalvocallis.nl

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56th Summer of Piano Music with Sten Lassmann 2021-08-26

Pianists Rokas Zubovas and Sten Lassmann

With the “56th Summer of Piano Music” concert cycle coming to an end, Sten Lassmann, a pianist and a senior lecturer in piano at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre will be performing at the M. K. Čiurlionis House-Museum, in Druskininkai on August 25th at 7 P.M. and continuing the project “Čiurlionis Dialogues”, on August 26th 6 P.M. at the M. K. Čiurlionis House in Vilnius.

Exclusively for these two concerts, the pianist prepared a program including pieces by two Baltic country classics, Heino Eller and Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis . In addition to the formerly mentioned composers, pieces by J. S. Bach and F. Chopin will also be performed.

Sten Lassmann

STEN LASSMANN has been regularly appearing as a soloist and chamber musician since winning first prize in the Sixth Estonian Piano Competition in 2002. He has performed in some of the most prestigious venues, such as the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Purcell Room in London, the Grand and Small Halls of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire Concert Hall in Milan, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.

Lassmann started his musical education at the Tallinn Central Music School in 1989 with Ell Saviauk and Ira Floss and continued at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with prof. Ivari Ilja. He later studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with prof. Brigitte Engerer and at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Ian Fountain. A major musical influence also comes from his father Peep Lassmann, an esteemed professor of piano at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and a former student of Emil Gilels at the Moscow Conservatoire. In 2013, Lassmann was awarded a Ph.D. at the Royal Academy of Music in London for his research on the Estonian composer Heino Eller. He has also received the Heino Eller Music Prize (2011), the Estonian Cultural Endowment annual music prize (2015), and in 2018 was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM). Currently, Lassmann is a senior lecturer of piano at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and since 2017 the artistic director of the biannual international festival KLAVER in Tallinn.

Since 2008, he has been engaged in a project to make the first-ever recording of complete piano works by Heino Eller for Toccata Classics in London. The series will cover all of Ellerʼs 206 piano compositions on 9 CDs.

We invite you to bid farewell to this summer surrounded by great music!

56TH Summer of Piano Music in Druskininkai 2021-08-22

FESTIVAL 06 06 2021 — 28 08 M. K. ČIURLIONIS HOUSE-MUSEUM

In 1965, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of M. K. Čiurlionis, the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society initiated an annual event in the city of adolescent of the most internationally appreciated Lithuanian composer and artist. Held at the memorial M. K. Čiurlionis’ house in Druskininkai, these piano recitals honor the tradition established by Čiurlionis himself: when back home on holidays, the composer himself used to perform and improvise on the piano in the evening, with family and friends all gathered outside, in the orchard, under the apple trees, listening to the music coming through the window.

Thus, it is only natural, that in forty years a tradition has developed to start and to end each piano recital with the music of M. K. Čiurlionis. Also, these concerts present primarily the prize winners of the International M. K. Čiurlionis Piano Competition.

One of the leading M. K. Čiurlionis’ scholars, Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, reflecting on Druskininkai and Čiurlionis summarized, that „it is difficult to invent a more natural cultural event than a festival of music in Druskininkai, that commemorates the name of M. K. Čiurlionis, and is lit up by the light of his Soul”.

In 2006, “Impetus Musicus” has taken over the organization of this concert series.

Festival is held in M. K. Čiurlionis House-Museum (M. K. Čiurlionio str. 35, Druskininkai).

Program of the festival:

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First official e-shop inspired by M. K. Čiurlionis 2021-01-27

ĮKVĖPTA M.K.ČIURLIONIO GYVENIMO IR KŪRYBOS (2)

From now on, CDs released by Impetus Musicus can be purchased in the e-shop of the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art Museum.

The original shop and the online store of the M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art offer a wide selection of goods inspired by the life and work of M. K. Čiurlionis and more.

„We strive to make the life and work of M. K. Čiurlionis accessible to as many people as possible in order to enrich and inspire them. That is why many of the products in our store tell a story about M. K. Čiurlionis while others represent various different talented artists.“ – entry in the “About” section of the online store.

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THE LAND OF THE DISOBEDIENT. NIDA 2019. MUSIC AND ECOLOGY 2019-07-01

koncertas bažnyčiojeFestival “The Land of Disobedient” comes to Nida for the 15th time. This year festival will be presenting concert programs, holding creative ecological sessions and other events between July 6th and July 12th. As every summer, Disobedient team knits together intriguing musical narratives with cultural insights and ecological subtext, promoting ideas of harmonious coexistence in various contexts and different spiritual levels.

Musical landscape of the Festival this year historically spans over four hundred years of music history, blending quite different stylistic worlds such as folk song and techno music, baroque and jazz. Seven very different musical stories will be related. Each of them ponders on modern identity, as if rising the existential question “who am I?” and looking at it from various aspects, thus challenging the listener to reflect on his or her personal level and place in a contemporary fleeting world, full of uncertainties, fizzy responsibilities and constantly changing values.

July 6, 18.30
The first program is dedicated to Lithuania’s Statehood Day, July 6th, the day of crowning of the only Lithuanian King Mindaugas. The programme ,,Užtrauksim naują giesmę?” (“Will We Sing a New Song?”) invites to stop for a second and ponder on what is our relationship with our own state today, what could be “the new song” of today, what would the future call be that would encourage everyone of us to get involved into the building of the future Lithuania.

Where: Amphitheatre of Nida Blessed Virgin Mary’s Christian Help Church, after church service
(Taikos st. 17, Nida)
Programme:
Juozas Naujalis, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Anatolijus Šenderovas, musical scene from a tavern somewhere in Lithuania, Juozas Gruodis, Juozas Naujalis
Performers:
Stein, Vytautas S., Žilvinas, Rasa, Vytautas M., Monika, Mindaugas, Sonata, Rokas
Free admission

July 7, 20.00
The second programme celebrates the musical world of Charlie Chaplin. It is not widely known, that the great film genius also composed music for his films. Songs written for his silent films and music for the film “Circus”, performed together with the film, will lead the listeners into the magical world of early silent film, again reminding how Chaplin commented his own comedies: “A picture with a smile – and perhaps, a tear.”

Where: Nida Community House (Taikos st. 17, Nida)
Performers:
Stein, Vytautas S., Žilvinas, Rasa, Monika, Mindaugas, Sonata, Rokas

Rokas ir SonataJuly 8, 20.00
The third programme “The Whispering of the Spheres” is devoted to the music of the night. What is awaiting us in the bosom of the night? Dancing Shadows? Midnight prayers? Loneliness? Love? The world of the nocturnal sky, as the great philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras suggested in a theory, known as the Harmony of the Spheres, that the Sun, Moon and planets all emit their own unique hum based on their orbital revolution, and that the quality of life on Earth reflects the tenor of celestial sounds which are physically imperceptible to the human ear.

Where: Nida Evangelical Lutheran Church (Pamario st. 37, Nida)
Programme:
Ernest Bloch, Olivier Messiaen, Pēteris Plakidis, Max Bruch, Modest Mussorgsky, Luigi Boccherini, Igor Stravinsky, Guillaume Connesson, Samuel Barber, Jeff Manookian
Performers:
Stein, Vytautas S., Žilvinas, Rasa, Vytautas M., Monika, Mindaugas, Thomas, Sonata, Rokas

Mindaugas BačkusJuly 9, 20.00
The fourth programme marks the mid point of the festival. It is a musical frolic, performed by three exceptional musicians. Taking inspiration for their improvisations from various cultural backgrounds, they will lead the audience on the unforgettable journey into unpredictable and joyous world of invention.

Where: Amphitheatre of Nida Blessed Virgin Mary’s Christian Help Church (Taikos st. 17, Nida)
Performers:
BSM trio
Mindaugas Bačkus, cello
Raimondas Sviackevičius, accordion
Vytautas Mikeliūnas, violin

July 10, 20.00
The fifth programme “The Machine Stops” was built by Thomas Collingwood, a British cellist at this year’s festival. The programme combines very different stylistic works by composers from various national schools, with one unifying element: the music that in our very tumultuous world is in search of peace and silence.

Where: Nida Evangelical Lutheran Church (Pamario st. 37, Nida)
Programme:
Brian Wilshere, Zita Bružaitė, Vidmantas Bartulis, Gabriel Faure, Jurgita Mieželytė, Osvaldas Balakauskas, John Cage
Performers:
Stein, Vytautas S., Žilvinas, Rasa, Vytautas M., Monika, Thomas, Sonata, Rokas

July 11, 20.00
“Für Clara, meine Liebe, Robert” celebrates the 200th anniversary of pianist and composer Clara Schumann. Made up from works of Robert and Clara Schumann and their dear friend Felix Mendelssohn, the programme brings out one of the most passionate love stories of the history of classical music.

Where: Nida Evangelical Lutheran Church (Pamario st. 37, Nida)
Programme:
Robert Schumann, Felix Mendessohn, Clara Schumann
Performers:
Stein, Vytautas S., Žilvinas, Rasa, Vytautas M., Monika, Thomas, Sonata, Rokas

July 12, 20.00
The festival’s closing programme brings together the work of the participants of the ecological creative workshop and concert program “The Story of Forest”. Romantic programme not only celebrates the magical powers of forest, but also puts forward questions what is our position in today’s ecological situation…

Where: Nida Community House (Taikos st. 17, Nida)
Programme:
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Felix Mendessohn, Jurgita Mieželytė, Piotr Tchaikovsky, Antonin Dvořák, Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performers:
Stein, Vytautas S., Žilvinas, Rasa, Vytautas M., Monika, Thomas, Sonata, Rokas

Tickets 8 € at the concert venue. Except July 6th concert – Free admission

dirbtuvėlėsEcological creative workshop

Ecological creative workshop “Stories of the Forest” will be held at the Amphitheatre of Blessed Virgin Mary’s Christian Help Church (Taikos st. 17, Nida) on July 6–11.

For a week the participants will be guided by three captivating forest stories exploring three levels of the natural realm. We will talk about the birds nesting in treetops and will practice how to wattle and sheaf straw and grass to build nest. Moreover, threading ant-paths we will discover tree barks, leafs, blossoms and even tree needles, everything that the forest residents – trees – offer. And in order to obtain longer lasting impression of our journey we will create collages. During the third stage of the workshop we will discover colours of the forest and relate our own forest stories in watercolour, pastel and coal.

July 6–7
“Birds and Nests”
Wattling and sheafing of straw, grass, etc.

July 8–9
Collages “On Ant-Path”
Artworks from tree needles, bark, straw…

July 10–11
“Colours of the Forest”
Discovering watercolour, pastel and coal.

Guides:
Vaida Kunigėlytė, artist
Jolita Sabaliauskaitė, artist
Silvija Kurienė, artist
Emilija Sidaravičiūtė, artist

Participation is free of charge.

Participants of the Festival

Stein Skjervold, baritone (Norway/Lithuania)
Vytautas Sriubikis, flute
Žilvinas Brazauskas, clarinet
Rasa Vosyliūtė, violin
Vytautas Mikeliūnas, violin
Monika Kiknadze, viola
Mindaugas Bačkus, cello
Thomas Collingwood, cello (UK)
Sonata Zubovienė, piano
Rokas Zubovas, piano

Vaida Kunigėlytė, artist
Jolita Sabaliauskaitė, artist
Silvija Kurienė, artist
Emilė Sidaravičiūtė, artist

Jūratė Vansk, stage director
Giedrius Kriūnas, sound/lighting design
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LAND OF THE DISOBEDIENT 2018. Centennial stories 2018-06-25

07.06. 18:00 NIDA. Blessed Virgin Mary Church

vydunas-78086245Opening of the festival. Concert dedicated to the Lithuanian Statehood Day

“We are not weak. The spirit of Creation is with us. Only those who ponder creative tasks survive in the world.” (Vydūnas)

Participants: Indrė, Jean-Christophe, Bert, Vytautas, Žilvinas, Rasa, Mihkel, Sonata, Rokas, Ridas

 

07.07. 20:00 JUODKRANTĖ. Evangelical Lutheran Church

07.08. 20:00 NIDA. Evangelical Lutheran Church

Merope-by-Visvaldas-Morkevicius-050Land of the Disobedient  presents Merope, the guest of the festival, in a concert Naktės. An alternative folklore group creates unique alchemy of sound. Its minimalist compositions, inspired by ancient Lithuanian folksongs, embrace jazz and improvised music melted with electronic soundscapes. Via enchanting melodies, textures of sound, subtle harmonies and polyrhythm Merope gives life to a new ritual music of our modern time.

Meropewill introduce its new album Naktės (LP & CD).

Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė – voice, kanklės
Jean-Christophe Bonnafous –  bansuri
Bert Cools – guitar, electronics

 

07.07. 20:00 NIDA. Evangelical Lutheran Church

07.08. 20:00 JUODKRANTĖ. Evangelical Lutheran Church

football-truceSoldier’s Tales. 1918. Europe. The war is over. The great empires are ruined. The old powers do not impose their will anymore. Exhausted soldiers leave trenches and return to their villages and towns. A new world is about to be brought into being; big and small nations begin to realise their cultural ambitions and self-government. Europe is turning into a choir of many new voices. New states are emerging. From Balkan to Carpathian Mountains, from Mediterranean to Baltic Sea new Europe is forming.

On a very twisty way                                                                                                                A valiant soldier is plodding homewards…

 

Participants: Vytautas, Žilvinas, Rasa, Mihkel, Sonata, Rokas, Ridas

PROGRAMME:

Igor Stravinsky. Soldier’s Tale

Bela Bartok. Romanian Dances

Bela Bartok. Hungarian Folksongs

Bohuslav Martinu. Promenades

Ludomir Rožicki. Rhapsody

Josep Slavenski. From Balkans

 

07.09. 20:00 JUODKRANTĖ. Evangelical Lutheran Church

07.10. 20:00 NIDA. Evangelical Lutheran Church

Program dedicated to the centenary of Latvian State. VIE-RIX

Santa vizine400x400PROGRAMME-DIALOGUE. Two countries, two epochs, two composers-geniuses:

W. A. Mozart and P. Plakidis. The foremost Austrian genius of all times Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and one of the most celebrated Latvian composers of past decades – late Pēteris Plakidis (1947-2017). The programme is designed as a creative dialogue between the two giants. In his music, Plakidis constantly revisits other composers, styles and epochs, while an incessant player with human emotions Mozart always finds unorthodox twist.

Participants: Vytautas, Žilvinas, Rasa, Santa, Mindaugas, Sonata

 

PROGRAMME:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Quartet K.285

Pēteris Plakidis. Dedication to Haydn

Pēteris Plakidis. Improvisation and Burlesque

Pēteris Plakidis. Dedication to Brahms

Pēteris Plakidis. Dances of the Shadows

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Kegelstatt Trio K. 498

 

07.09. 20:00 NIDA. Evangelical Lutheran Church

07.10. 20:00 JUODKRANTĖ. Evangelical Lutheran Church

Mihkel-Kerem-1030x682Estonian Landscapes. Program dedicated to the centenary of Estonian State. Composer and violinist Mihkel Kerem presents a program refuting the stereotypes of Estonian character, revealing an idiosyncratic Estonian spiritual landscape. It is a spectacular journey through Estonian composers’ spiritual landscapes revealing soundscapes of northern visions and dances based on picturesque Mesopotamian modes.

Participants: Mihkel, Rokas

PROGRAMME:

Artur Lemba. Armastuse poeem (Poéme d’amour)

Heino Eller. Muusikaline hetk (Musical moment), Männid (The Pines), Kellad (The Bells), Kuuvalgel (In the Moonlight)

Mati Kuulberg. Sonata for solo violin No 4

Mihkel Kerem. Mesopotamian Suite (based on Kurdish folksongs),  Asleep

 

07.11 NIDA. AGILA. 

Charlie Chaplin Circus

18:00 for all audience

21:00 for adults

303526fe9eca389482d304e0ed40f5baCharlie Chaplin is the only figure in the history of cinematography who was the author of scenario, the director, the composer and the lead actor in his films. He was rated the greatest genius of film of the 20th century. His interwar films tell stories in which the veil of humour conceals subtle human emotions and existential truth. The festival presents Chaplin’s most comical film with live musical accompaniment. The film contemplates delicate human sentiments and the essence of life in the background of kaleidoscopic circus life.

Scenario – Charlie Chaplin; Director – Charlie Chaplin; Composer – Charlie Chaplin

Participants: Vytautas, Žilvinas, Rasa, Mihkel, Santa, Mindaugas, Sonata, Rokas

 

07.12 19:00 NIDA. AGILA

Eiti ramybėn

Phil VonOpening of the ecological art workshop exhibition and premiere of festival’s production Eiti ramybėn. A symbolic path from the dictate of urban noise and ticking of the clock toward coalescence into nature of Čiurlionian landscape unites Japanese butoh dance, live electronics and M.K. Čiurlionis’ music.

Participants: Vaida, Jolita, Vilma and participants of the ecological art workshop;  live piano – Rokas, live electronic music – Phil, choreography – Sakurako (butoh) & Phil (electro flamenco),  butoh dance theatre Okarukas, costume design – Boram Gabrielė, video (stills) – Vytautas Katkus

 

 

07.13 20:00 NIDA. Evangelical Lutheran Church

uzkulisiai_001The festival’s closing concert Lithuania at the Threshold of the Centenary. Then and NowIt is a symbolic musical journey through the 20th-century Lithuania. From M. K. Čiurlionis to today’s voices.

PROGRAMME:

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. String quartet in C minor

Garland of miniatures:

Juozas Pakalnis, Julius Gaidelis, Juozas Gruodis, Aleksandras Kačanauskas

Loreta Narvilaitė. Morning Dew Was Falling 

Anatolijus Šenderovas. Songs of Shulamith

Zita Bružaitė. Dance in Re(d)

Arvydas Malcys. Land of the Disobedient

Participants: Vytautas, Žilvinas, Rasa, Mihkel, Santa, Mindaugas, Sonata, Rokas

 

RESIDENTS AND GUESTS OF LAND OF THE DISOBEDIENT:

Guests:

Merope:

Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė, voice, kanklės
Jean-Christophe Bonnafous, bansuri
Bert Cools, guitar, electronics

 

Residents:

Vytautas Sriubikis, flute

Žilvinas Brazauskas, clarinet

Mihkel Kerem, violin

Rasa Vosyliūtė, violin

Santa Vižine, viola

Mindaugas Bačkus, cello

Sonata Zubovienė, piano

Rokas Zubovas, piano

Phil Vos, electronics

Sakurako, dance, choreography

Ridas Jasiulionis, actor, narrator

Vaida Kunigėlytė, artist

Jolita Sabaliauskaitė, artist

Vilma Dmitrijevienė, artist

Giedrius Kriūnas, light, sound, image

Jūratė Vansk, consultations, stage direction

Eglė Gabrytė, public relations

Administrators and dancers whose names tba

Kontaktai

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