GRAND PRIX – „Escola de musica i danses de Mallorca“, SPAIN
SYMPATHY OF AUDIENCE PRIZE – Folk group Elmyrba, PUERTO RICO
FOR THE AUTHENTICITY OF PERFORMANCE (prize – Lithuanian traditional instrument kankles, made by Egidijus Virbašius) – The Turkish Folklore Association Folklor Kurumu, TURKEY
SPECIAL PATRON PRIZE FROM THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA MINISTER OF CULTURE ŠARŪNAS BIRUTIS (V. Šliuželis graphic work) – Folk Dance Group “Dolina”, CZECK REPUBLIK.
PRIZE FROM CHAIRMAN OF THE JURY Z. KELMICKAITĖ (prize – traditional Lithuanian insgtrument RAGAS, made by Albertas Martinaitis) – soloist VASILE BĂDELIȚĂ , ROMANIA
I CATEGORY: TRADITIONAL FOLK DANCE GROUP
1. FOLK GROUP „FOLKLOR KURUMU“, TURKEY
2. FOLK GROUP „ESCOLA DE MUSICA I DANCES DE MALLORCA“, SPAIN
3. FOLK DANCE EMSEMBLE „BOTEVGRAD“, BULGARIA
II CATEGORY: CHOREOGRAPHED ARRANGEMENTS OF FOLK DANCES
1. FOLK GROUP „ESCOLA DE MUSICA I DANCES DE MALLORCA“, SPAIN
2. FOLK DANCE GROUP „DOLINA“, CZECH REPUBLIK
3. FOLK ENSEMBLE DOM KULTURE PIROT, SERBIA
III CATEGORY: INSTRUMENTAL FOLK MUSIC ENSEMBLES
1. FOLK GROUP „ESCOLA DE MUSICA I DANCES DE MALLORCA“, SPAIN
2. FOLK GROUP „FOLKLOR KURUMU“, TURKEY
3. FOLK GROUP „MALI GORZOWIACY“, POLAND
IV CATEGORY: ENSEMBLES OF TRADITIONAL SINGING
1. FOLK GROUP „VIEŠIA“, LITHUANIA
2. FOLK DANCE GROUP „MALI GORZOWIACY“, POLAND
3. FOLK GROUP „RAGS“, LITHUANIA
V CATEGORY: FOLK SONG SOLO
1. GALYA DOBREVA DACHEVA, BULGARIJA
2. DAIVA BRADAUSKIENĖ, LITHUANIA
3. ABRAHAM PÉREZ DORTA, PUERTO RICO
VI CATEGORY: ISTRUMENTAL SOLO
1. TOMAS SALOM ROSSINYOL, SPAIN
2. ORLANDO SANTIAGO, PUERTO RICO
3. ERDEM İLKAY, TURKEY
The Contest winners will be awarded keepsake prizes, money prizes and diplomas; silver and bronze medal winners will be awarded money prizes and diplomas.
The total amount of the Contest prize fund is 5,500 Euros.
The Grand Prize (“Grand Prix”) is 1,500 Euros.
The organisers of the Contest-festival will award this prize to the most successful, distinct and outstanding group for the best performance in competitive and non-competitive concerts.
The Jury of the Contest will be formed by the organisers of the Festival according to the recommendations of the IOV.
I category: gold 700 €, silver 500 €, bronze 300 €.
II category: gold 700 €, silver 500 €, bronze 300 €.
III category: gold 150 €, silver 100 €, bronze 60 €.
IV category: gold 150 €, silver 100 €, bronze 60 €.
V category: gold 80 €, silver 60 €, bronze 50 €.
VI category: gold 80 €, silver 60 €, bronze 50 €.
Application Forms must be received on or before the 15th of February, 2013.
Video recordings, CDs, colour photographs and description/CV of the group/soloist should be sent together with the application forms.
Folk dance ensemble Botevgrad
Artistic Director Stoyan Stoyanov
Tour manager Emil Dimitrov
Botevgrad is a Bulgarian town located in the Northern part of the Balkan Mountains. It dates back to the Bronze Age and has been a crossroad where the cultures of many nations have left their influence over the development of the region. The area had once been inhabited by the Thracian tribes. The typical means of livelihood were cattle-raising, mining, and logging.
On 1963 a group of young people from the local community centre decided to create a dancing group to perform typical chain dances from the region. The founder choreograph is Mr. Vasil Terziiski. Gradually the ensemble’s repertoire has been enriched by dancing compositions and typical customs from the whole country. The love for the Bulgarian folklore, the passion for beauty, the variety of styles and the attractive dynamic nuances of the Bulgarian folk dances, all this has gathered the people from the Ensemble together and inspired them to demonstrate by an original way the Bulgarian dancing folklore.
The Ensemble’s orchestra is a chamber type orchestra which comprises the essential Bulgarian traditional musical instruments. The musicians are good individual performers of folk instrumental music. The soloist singer performs songs from all ethnographic regions of Bulgaria.
Many concerts have been performed by the BOTEVGRAD Ensemble to the public in Bulgaria and abroad – USSR, Czech Republic, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Turkey and others.
From 2007 the Art Manager and Choreographer is Mr. Stoyan Stoyanov.
The Ensemble has been on International Festivals with Mr. Stoyan Stoyanov:
Hungary, Italy, Turkey, Romania, Slovenia.
As well as the participations in the International Folklore Festivals abroad, the Ensemble has many participations in Bulgaria too.
Folklore Ensemble Botevgrad shows again it’s already known style and appearance of formation with fascinating presence. The biggest success of the Ensemble was in 2007 at a participation in the International Folklore Festival Agropoly - Italy, where it took the First place for Choreography.
CZECH REPUBLIK, Brno
Folk dance group Dolina
Aleš Rada - leader of the group
Helena Hlavačková - Choreographer
Tomas Vavřík - leader of the music group
Established in 1956, Dolina is a folk song and dance ensemble located in one of the Czech Ethno regions Moravia which mostly values and celebrates folk traditions. This region is renowned for its natural beauty, fertile land, the hospitality of its inhabitants, their folk songs, dance, customs and traditions.
The ensemble keeps the folk traditions of its hometown all-year-round. The beginning of the year starts with The Ride of the Kings and the Fašank carnival. In spring, it is The Burning of the Witches and the Easter tradition of whipping girls with willow twigs. In autumn, the traditional harvest festival Michalské hody s právem is held with more than 200 participants in traditional folk costumes. In December, St Nicolas and his companions the Angel and the Devil visit people’s homes. Similarly, on St. Stephen’s Day, the members of Dolina go around people’s homes singing Christmas carols. Most of these traditions have been adapted for theatre by Dolina. Undoubtedly, the folk dance is an important part of the folk tradition. The ensemble is famous not only for their pair dances from the area of Dolňácko but also for their great performance of verbuňk. Verbuňk is a dance of recruits typical for south-eastern Moravia based on solos and improvisations. This dance was proclaimed a UNESCO Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity on 25 November 2005. The ensemble’s rich repertoire consists of dances and songs from Moravian Slovakia and Slovak-Moravian borders as well as the dances from Myjava and Eastern Slovakia. Each dance is performed in authentic costumes and supplemented with various props.
POLAND , Gorzow Wielkopolski
Folk dance group ,,Mali Gorzowiacy“
Maria Szupiluk – artistic director, choreographer
Krzysztof Szupiluk – director, choreographer
Beata Byczkiewicz – director of the band, musician
The Mali Gorzowiacy Folk Dance Group was established at the Youth Community Centre in Gorzów Wielkopolski in 1981. The members of this group, about 160 persons, are children, youth and adults in the age of 5-55. There are four concert groups in different age. The Mali Gorzowiacy group looks for less known dances, tunes and couplets from different Polish regions. Experts from those particular regions are consulting when preparing the repertoire.
While presenting the dances and songs of a given region, the group tries to express their characteristic style, authenticity and old principles of folk art.
This is achieved through appropriate techniques and proper emphasis on dynamics in choreographic arrangements, as well as through the sounds of the accompanying folk-band. This band is a very important part of the group. The main instruments used by musicians: prim violin, second violin, clarinet, trumpet, double bass, accordion -included to Polish folk-bands after II war. Only stage requirements reduce the authenticity of presented programme to a certain extend. In order to make
them look more attractive to the audience, proper proportions among successive elements of dancing, singing, music, group performance and duo or solo spectacles had to be introduced. The folk costumes presented by the group are usually festive attires, adorned and fashionable, that differ considerably from simple everyday clothes worn at work.
The Mali Gorzowiacy is the member of the CIOFF.
The group has been recognised for their achievements and has won several prizes and recognition at folk festivals. In 2011 our group won 2nd prize at the Cheonan International Folk Dance Competition South Korea, Cheonan. The group has participated in several international events in: Azores, Slovakia, Germany, Russia, France, China, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Finland, Croatia, Turkey, Venezuela, Denmark, Cyprus, Belgium, Ukraine, Egypt, Sweden, Serbia and Montenegro, Portugal, Lithuania, Hungary, USA, Spain, Bulgaria, Austria, South Korea.
PUERTO RICO, Arecibo
Folk group Elmyrba
Director - Jannira Mercado Montalvo
ELMYRBA Folkloric Ensemble presents a variety of Puerto Rico Folkloric Heritage with the richness of Taino Indians, Spanish and African cultures which in combination create Puerto Rican Folklore.
1. Traditional dances (XVII, XVIII):
This part presents the traditional dance with Spanish and European influences. The Mountain dances called Bailes de Garabato. Presenting dances such as Seis, Danza, Mazurka, Polca and Vals (Walts). The Seis Dances has many variations.
2. African Heritage: Bomba (XVIII, XIX):
The Bomba evolved from the traditional African dance and music. It developed in the coastal region, where slaves worked in the sugar cane plantations of the island. Traditional costumes such as Vejigantes, Caballeros (Gentlemen) and Viejitos (Old Men), and la Loca (the crazy medicine woman) are represented at Santiago Apostol Festivals.
3. Plena (late XIX, XX):
The industrial revolution brought village people to the cities bringing the rhythms and instruments together and combining them with the African traditions and rhythms of the coast, creating the Plena.
4. Salsa (XX)
This music is the combination of popular rhythms from the Caribbean Islands. Salsa was born in the Puerto Rican Nationhood in New York by Puerto Rican musician. Today this is the music that represents our culture of Latin rhythm and soul.
The group has participated in International performances in Turkey (2008), North Cyprus (2009), First Prize for the Best Music Performance & Honour Prize, Turkey (2009), Greece (2010), Egypt (2010), Second Prize for Dance Performance, Puerto Rico (2011), North Cyprus (2011), Germany (2011), Belgium( 2011), Netherland (2011)
Folk group Flori de sanzaiene
Director - Ion Baitan
Artistic director - prof. Marin Constantin Gheorghe
The group Flori de Sanzaiene was established in 2002. Its name means „a yellow magic flower”. The director Ion Baitan – is the director of Suceava city art school Ion Irimescu. The repertoire includes Romanian folk dances, songs and games from Bukovina region.
The members of the group wear traditional national costumes typical for Suceava region. The group consists of 4 pairs of dancers, 5 musicians, instrumental group Taraf, and the soloist. During 11 years of existence the group had concerts in: Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, and German.
Folk ensemble Dom Kulture Pirot
Director - Miško Ćirić
Artistic director - Siniša Baćan Jovanović
Continues the tradition Pirotske singing troupe Momcilo, founded back in 1886. From then until this day, the ensemble has been engaged in the preservation of our cultural tradition and the fostering of various forms of artistic expression.
At this very long path of development, the ensemble changed its name several times, but has always maintained a boundless love for the game, song, words, music and the members of different age groups. Their involvement in the collective work bore a keen sense of patriotism and love for the people.
Today the qualitative and quantitative progress is seen, since its foundation the ensemble has created a rich folk repertoire with the most famous choreographers (Dragomir Vukovic-Kljaca, Olga Skovran, Don Passenger ...).
SPAIN , Palma de Mallorca
Escola de musica i danses de Mallorca
President Gabriel Frontera
The Escola de Música i Danses de Mallorca (EMIDM) was founded in 1975 after a research of music and dances all around Mallorca, a little island of no more than 3.640 km2 and 800 thousand inhabitants.
The EMIDM has participated in Folkloric Festivals all around the World (Pto. Rico, Tunez, Honk Kong, Taiwán, Philipines, Turkey, Sira, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, France, Poland, Hungary......)
The EMIDM has got lots of awards; the most important are:
- Tempio di Oro and Costume (1984) Agrigento (Italia)
- First Prize (1985) World Folkdance Festival in Múnich
- Ugo Re Capriata (1989) Agrinento (Italia)
- Honor Mention of the Jury (2003) Buyuckcekmece (Turkey)
- Special Prize of the Town Council (2004) Iskele (Xiprus)
- Second Prize (2006) Bursa (Turkey)
- First prize in Music, Dance and Costume (2007) Szwiec (Poland)
We present two kinds of dances Jota and Bolero. They both are traditional dances of the XIX century and the main characteristic feature is that women lead the dances and men must follow their movements.
Even on stage we present some adapted choreographies, the real Mallorquin Dances are improvised and you can see a real interpretation of it in the dance were the couples are changing constantly.
We play the Guitar, Guitarró (Little guitar), Lute, Violin, Flute, Flabiol (mallorquin flute), Tambor (drum), Double bass, Xeremies (Pipe) and the characteristic Castañuelas.
The Turkish Folklore Association Folklor Kurumu
Artistic director - Serdar Bombaci
The Turkish Folklore Association, founded in 1964, aims to make collections, researches and surveys on Turkish Folklore, to form performance groups to present folk dances, to help tourism by
presentation activities, both home and abroad, to teach younger generations and to publish scientific works on Turkish Folklore.
Our members (university students, businessmen, teachers, lawyers, managers etc.) working with an amateur spirit are the main force of our society in continuing this activity for 48 years.
The regional folkdance categories are as follows:
Ağrı, Afyon, Anamur, Artvin, Bursa, Bitlis, Erzurum, Gaziantep, İzmir, Giresun, Mardin,
Karadeniz (Trabzon-Akçaabat), Kars, Kırklareli, Silifke, Üsküp, Van, Muğla, Hakkari
Folklor Kurumu has an archive, formed by our Collection and Research Department, consisting of 15.000 pages of collection on folklore, many ethnographical materials, tapes and records of authentic Turkish Folk Music. Folklor Kurumu will continue to present Turkish Folklore in festivals, both home and abroad, successfully with its folk dance and folk music shows.
Every month the Press and Publishing Department of Folklor Kurumu publishes a magazine named Folklor which includes many items and information on Turkish Folklore and is delivered both home and abroad. Every year the Foreign Affairs Department organizes an International Folklore Festival, the participation of the folk dance / folk music group at international festivals and other cultural activities abroad. The Social Interaction Department organizes social-cultural activities aiming to interact with different cultural groups.
Turkish Folklore Association has participated at many festivals abroad: Spain, Netherland, Belgium, France, Rumania, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Hungary, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Malta, Syria, Poland, Bulgaria, Marocco.
Mažeikiai district Community Cultural Centre Adult Folk Ensemble “Alksna”
Musical Director – Dainora Petrikienė
Mažeikiai district Community Cultural Centre Adult Folk Ensemble “Alksna” exists from 29 September, 1986. It was founded by Algirdas Vilkas, from Mažeikiai, when he has gathered yearlings and like-minded people into one collective. Today the ensemble has 26 members. Since 2005 the Director of the “Alksna” is Dainora Petrikienė. The ensemble was awarded with the 1st (highest) art collective category for the achieved results, activities and level of performance in 2012.
The most attention the ensemble gives to the authentic folklore of Mažeikiai district, traditional Lithuanian folk songs. In order to preserve and adopt this cultural heritage, the members of the ensemble were going to expeditions to Krakiai, Žemale, Pikeliai, Židikai and other places of Mažeikiai region. A lot of folklore of this region was collected, deciphered and written down, during the expeditions. The songs from this treasury sound until today. The ensemble has immortalized adopted songs in 2005 releasing the CD entitled “Onkstėi ryta keldama”.
In 2008 the set of Folklore “Nedieliuios rytieli” was released, which includes most valuable songs, round dances and stories of the Mažeikiai region. Accompanying CD contains authentically performed songs.
The authentic folklore of Mažeikiai region “Alksna” spreads while participating in various festivals and events. Every year calendar holidays (Užgavėnės, Rasos, lygiadieniai) are celebrated. Also, the ensemble participates in various national and international events. The band has popularized the traditional Lithuanian folklore in the international festivals in Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and United Kingdom.
Passing down the authentic folklore from generation to generation the members of the “Alksna” seek to preserve traditional cultural continuity, to transfer the part of culture, which reflects the close relationship with their native land, for the reason that since ancient times this relationship dictates harmony and the ambition for virtuous life.
Men‘s singing group will represent Mažeikiai district Community Cultural Centre adult folk ensemble “Alksna” in the international contest-festival “The flower of the sun”.
Mažeikiai district Community Cultural Centre children folk ensemble “Alksniokā”
Musical Director – Dainora Petrikienė
Mažeikiai district Community Cultural Centre children folk ensemble “Alksniokā” was grouped in 2008. The ensemble consists of 26 children, from 8 to 19 years old. The ensemble is headed by Dainora Petrikienė, director and member of the folk ensemble “Alksna”. It was awarded with the 1st (highest) art collective category for the achieved results, activities and level of performance in 2009. The repertoire of the collective includes traditional songs, tales, games and dances from different regions of Lithuania. The most attention the ensemble gives to the authentic folklore of Mažeikiai.
“Alksnioka” participates in the traditional city and district celebrations, national and international festivals (“Gėid vuolungelė” in Seda, “Bobų vasara” in Mažeikiai, “Aš pasėjau vėina popa” in Telšiai, “Skamba skamba kankliai”, “Griežynė”, “Baltica” in Vilnius etc). The ensemble performs in the Žemaitija region, and leads the celebrations in schools of Mažeikiai and its region. It has also represented Žemaitija region in the Folk days festivities in the Lithuanian Millennium Songs Festival “Amžių sutartinė”.
In 2009, 2011 and 2013 “Alksniokā” became the Laureate of the National children and students – folklore performers – competition „Tramtatulis“. In 2010 the dancers of the ensemble have participated in the National students folk dances competition „Patrepsynė“ and got the best dancers title in the advanced group. In 2010 the collective was recognized as the best folk collective and got awarded a diploma in the V international Children‘s Festival „Kotylasia torba“ in Ukraine.
First CD, under the title “Alksniokā” was released in May, 2011.
The collective organizes a variety of Lithuanian calendar festivities such as Užgavėnės, Rasas, Jurgines, lygiadieniai.
Members of the ensemble not only actively participate in the Žemaitija region etno-music and traditional craft summer courses in Kelmė and Birštonas, but also organize the traditional folk dance trainings for the youth of Mažeikiai.
For the targeted children‘s education through Lithuanian folk art, its adoption and promotion, the ensemble “Alksniokā” won the nomination of the Best Children Folklore Ensemble and was awarded the “Golden Bird” (“Aukso paukštė”) in 2011.
Traditional capella – violin, concertina, bandoneon and basetle, will represent Mažeikiai district Community Cultural Centre children folk ensemble ,”Alksniokā” in the international contest-festival „The flower of the sun”.
LITHUANIA, Neveronys (Kaunas distinct)
Kaunas district Neveronys Culture Centre folk ensemble “Viešia”
Musical Director – Jolanta Balnytė
The ensemble was founded in 1998 in Neveronys Culture Centre. First performance of the ensemble was held at Neveronys Secondary School on the 16th February (Day of Restoration of Lithuanian Independence), that day became the official date of the foundation of the ensemble.
Since 1999, the ensemble is headed by Jolanta Balnytė. The members of the ensemble decided to name their ensemble by the name of the river flowing through Neveronys.
The folk ensemble “Viešia” consists of 28 members. The ensemble promotes old Lithuanian traditions, songs, and dances. The repertoire includes material collected from archives and recordings from expeditions around Neveronys region. Moreover, the repertoire of „Viešia“ includes songs, traditional dances and instrumental music of all regions of Lithuania.
When performing, members of the ensemble wear specific clothes that represent the old ethnographic regions of Lithuania.
Every year, the folk ensemble “Viešia” participates in various international festivals such as “Atataria Lamzdžiai”, “Saulies žiedas”, “Skamba, skamba kankliai”, “Ant vandens”, “Baltica”, “Aisūs kankleliai”. The ensemble has performed in many Lithuanian cities and towns, around Kaunas district and introduced Lithuanian folklore to the audience in Poland, Lomza town. In 2009, the Lithuanian Folk Culture Centre awarded the folk ensemble “Viešia” with the 1st category.
LITHUANIA, Neveronys (Kauno r.)
Kaunas district Neveronys Culture Centre group of polyphonic singers “Jorė”
Musical Director – Jolanta Balnytė
The group was founded in 2008 at Neveronys Culture Centre. The interest in the old traditional ways of singing and the beauty of polyphonic songs encouraged women-members of the folk ensemble “Viešia” to form a group of singers of polyphonic songs entitled “Jore”.
“Jorė” participates in the International festivals such as “Atataria lamzdžiai”, “Skamba, skamba kankliai”, “Ant vandens”, “Baltica”, “Aisūs kankleliai”, “Saulės žiedas”.
Pasvalys Culture Centre folk ensemble “Rags” polyphonic songs singers group
Musical Director – Daiva Adamkavičienė
The singers of Pasvalys Culture Centre folk ensemble “Rags” have started to sing polyphonic songs since its establishment. According to the members of ensemble, singing polyphonic songs is like rising above the reality and merging with the universe. The collective spreads and popularizes polyphonic songs in different regional and national events, also folk festivals.
Alžbeta Hartlova (Czech Republik)
Alicja Zell (Poland)
Andrzej Jozwiak (Poland)
Abraham Pérez Dorta (Puerto Rico)
Orlando Santiago (Puerto Rico)
Roxana Sava (Romania)
Dan Dura (Romania)
Vasile Badelita (Romania)
Vanja Bandic (Serbia)
Tomas Salom Rossinyol (Spain)
Gabriel Mas Salom (Spain)
Meliha Kilic (Turkey)
Erdem Ilkay (Turkey)
Laura Varžinskienė (Lithuania)
Daiva Bradauskienė (Lithuania)
Rokas Gražys (Lithuania)
Music and dance ensemble “Dragaica”
Leader - Maria Bolotovici
Leader of the music group - Arap Nicolae
The ensemble was established in Ungheni region Pirlita Culture Centre in 1991. The aim of the ensemble is to develop and propagate the folk music and choreography. The music and dance ensemble Dragaica has 40 musicians and dancers, who are from 14 to 52 years old. The ensemble participates in different local, regional and international contests, where it was awarded prizes and diplomas, several of them are: the 1st place at the national festival-contest Fire Dances (2006, Kishinev), the laureates of Greece Dance and Music Festival (2006), and the laureates of the Folk festival Shepherd (2011, Romania).
LITHUANIA, Šiauliai University folk music ensemble "SAULĖ"
Musical director of the ensemble Darius Daknys
Head of the choreography group Adelė Gružienė
Head of the vocal group Eugenijus Andrulis
Manager Zenonas Ripinskis
Šiauliai University folk music ensemble "Saulė" was established in 1972.
Presently, some over 30 Šiauliai city students, Šiauliai university academic staff and graduates participate in ensemble activity - play music, sing and dance.
"Saulė" musical and choreographic repertoire includes Lithuanian traditional musical and choreographic folklore, stage dances, harmonized Lithuanian traditional music and songs, original music pieces of Lithuanian composers created based on Lithuanian folk music traditions.
The ensemble participates in various national and international folklore festivals and contests where they have become winners of laureate and other diplomas. "Saulė" was awarded with the nomination of the Best Lithuanian Folk Music Band in 1999 and the "Golden Bird" ("Aukso paukštė") for excellent performance achievements.
Throughout its existence, "Saulė" successfully performed in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Croatia, Cuba, Holland, Latvia, Poland, Malta, Hungary, Russia, Sweden, Germany, France, Norway, the USA, Brazil, Check Republic, China, Slovenia, Italy etc.
"Saulė" recorded and released 8 CDs: "Saulė" (1996), "Saulės muzikantai" (1997), "Šviesi naktis" (1999), "Sveiki atvykę" (2002), "Iš lietuviško folkloro skrynelės" (2004), "Praėjusio amžiaus melodijos" (2004), "Baltos ievos" (2007), "Iki ryto" (2007).
Since 2002, "Saulė" is the member of the International Organisation of Folk Art (IOV).
LITHUANIA, Šiauliai City Culture Center "Laiptų galerija" folk ensemble "SAULDUVĖ"
Musical directors Violeta Daknienė and
The folk ensemble "Salduvė" was named by the historical mound (called a mount) Salduvė located in the eastern outskirts of Šiauliai city. The ensemble was established in 1986 where 30 ensemble members play folk music, dance and sing.
Šiauliai city is located in the central part of Lithuania, whereas its territory joins two Lithuanian ethnic regions - Aukštaitija (Higher Lithuania) and Žemaitija (Samogitia or Lower Lithuania); that is why the repertoire of "Salduvė" includes both Higher Lithuania and Samogitian songs, dances, games, narratives.
Members of the instrumental group of "Salduvė" play music on various Lithuanian national instruments: violins, bandoneon, accordion, bagpipe, horn, linear flute type, pan flute, reeds, drum etc.
"Salduvė" promotes and maintains traditions of Lithuanian folk music and cherish experiences of old-time inhabitants of Lithuanian villages. The ensemble has also arranged a concert program of late folklore-romance pieces.
"Salduvė" performs many concerts, promotes folklore at social events not only in Šiauliai city but also around Lithuania.
The ensemble successfully performed concerts abroad: Latvia (1993, 2005, 2008), Check Republic (1997), Hungary (1998, 2007), Great Britain (1998, 2004), Estonia (1999, 2003, 2010), Denmark (2000), Portugal (2002, 2009), Spain (2009), Slovakia (2003), Greece (2006 m.), Turkey (2008), Germany (2010, 2011).
"Salduvė" took a part in Lithuanian radio and TV broadcasts several times, has recorded 4 music albums: "Salduvė" (1996), "Patrepsėkim" (2000), "Tarp aukštaičių ir žemaičių" (2005), "Išlieti meilę lyg šaltinį" (2007).
For excellent performance achievements the "Salduvė" ensemble was nominated for the title of Best Lithuanian Urban Folk Music Ensemble in 2008 and the "Golden Bird" ("Aukso paukštė").
Since 1999 "Salduvė" is the member of the International Organisation of Folk Art (IOV).
LITHUANIA, Instrumental trio
Musical director of the ensemble
The folk-music instrumental ensemble „Aušrinė“ was established 13 years ago. Professional musicians are playing folk-music on the Lithuanian traditional music instruments – kankles and reed-pipes. The band consists of three members: Regina Vaišnorienė (Musical director, I chordophone), Regina Marozienė (II chordophone), Lora Andriuškienė (bass chordophone). The band also includes reed-pipe players Alvaidas Bernotas and Darius Daknys, singer Jurgita Juozūnienė (soprano). „Aušrinė“ repertoire contains original and harmonized Lithuanian and other nations’ ethnic music, classical and popular music.
The folk-music instrumental ensemble „Aušrinė“ actively participates in concerts and musical projects in Lithuania and abroad. Along the contests - International Tytuvenai Classic Music Festival (2004, 2006), International Jonas Švedas Ethnic Instrumental Music Festival (2006, 2008), Musical tour in North Lithuania (2003, 2005), International Folklore Festival „Saulės žiedas“ (2007), International Pranas Stepulis Folk Instrumental Chamber Music Ensembles Festival (2004, 2008, 2013), International Folklore Music Festival „Tūto“ (2006) etc.
LITHUANIA, Folk music band „Jonis“,
Musical director Pranciškus Trijonis
Band „Jonis“ has been counting its first musical steps since 1984. Its repertoire comprises of band members’ songs and instrumental pieces, harmonized Lithuanian folk songs and foreign composers’ musical pieces performed in authentic sound of bluegrass style. Along the existence years, 21 audio and 2 video albums where recorded; the band participated in various folk and country music festivals in Lithuania and abroad, performed solo concerts in the USA, Germany, Finland, Ireland, England and neighboring countries. In 1994, on behalf of the group members initiative a musical bar-club „Juonė pastuogė“ was established in Šiauliai where you can listen to live music performances few times a week. The musicians play live music, therefore they are often invited to participate in various social events, parties, nightclubs and private parties where they give vivid performances. More information about the band and its music is available on the official website www.jonis.lt.
Pranciškus Trijonis – acoustic guitar, blues harp, kazoo, vocals;Romaldas Trijonis – still guitar, mandolin, vocals;
Edmundas Grubliauskis – harmonica, accordion, blues harp, vocals;
Arvydas Žiauberis – double-bass, vocals;
Aivaras Mundinas – drums, percussion.
LITHUANIA, Folk music ensemble
Musical directors Lina Bartašienė
and Albertas Bartašius
The group was established on Summer of 2000. After playing in different close friends decided to create their own folk ensemble.
The ensemble stands out of other groups since its members rehearse and celebrate events with their families. This kind of lifestyle coincides with the band’s aims: to cherish Lithuanian ethnic traditions and customs; to convey them to the new generation/peer.
The group is keen of interest in Aukštaitija (Higher Lithuania) region authentic songs, glees, dances, games, roundelays, instrumental music etc. Since the musical director of the group makes musical instruments himself, they play on kankles, panpipes, horns, bagpipes, harmonica, basset, violins, drums, jaw harps, pipe.
„Pulkelis“ participates in various events in Lithuania and abroad.
LITHUANIA, Folk music chapel „Radvija“, Radviliškis
Musical director Jūratė Stakvilevičienė
Folk music chapel „Radvija“ was established in 2008. The musical band cherishes and promotes Lithuanian ethnic songs and melodies, traditional folk music-making. The major part of band’s repertoire consists of harmonized by the members of the band Lithuanian folk melodies. The chapel’s motto is “everything what is simple is innovative”.
„Radvija“ performs concerts at local district community, town and region feasts, occasional events. The concert program has been showed to the audience in Biržai, Telšiai, Akmenė, Raseiniai, ,,Ant rubežiaus“ in Šiauliai, Ceikiniai (Ignalina region), Miroslavas (Alytus region). Starting from 2009 the chapel supports the contestants of Children and Youth Folk Dances Contest ,,Patrepsynė“ dancing contest, arrange thematic folklore dances gatherings for the youth. Along with that, the chapel arranges joint projects with ethnical dancing group ,,Šelmiai“ and elderly people dancing group ,,Patrepsėlis“. „Radvija“ participated in concert tours in Latvia, Hungary, Poland. At „Radvija“ members’ instigation, the regional chapels festival ,,Žemėj Lietuvos“ has been holed since 2009.
Per annum „Radvija“ arranges around 20 concerts.
LITHUANIA, Pasvalys Cultural center folk ensemble „Rags“
Musical Director Daiva Adamkavičienė
Pasvalys Cultural center folk ensemble was established and led by Daiva Adamkavičienė in 2001. The group participants, 7 men and 13 women, are representatives of various professions. The age of group members varies from 16 to 54 years old. The majority of the ensemble members are educationists, students and cultural workers, gathering to the rehearsals from different region districts. The folklore group was given the „Rags“ name in 2002.
The repertoire of the ensemble contains songs, dances, roundelays, glees, instrumental music of Pasvalys territory and North-East Aukštaitija region. Every year, the ensemble prepares and presents inspired by legends and fairy tales new concert programs to the auditory: hay harvest program „Žvanga dalgeliai žalioj lankelėj“, feast program „Apynėli žaliasai“, advent program „Oi sodai, sodai“, „Niatol‘ Paškaučių miška“. The group took a part with the advent program in the Sisters’ Glemžaitės Contest in Kupiškis and was awarded for the program stage direction.
The members of the ensemble compile the concert programs by references to the local traditions, customs, and folklore. The variety of songs was recorded during the expeditions. The musicians of the ensemble play traditional music instruments: harmonicas (St. Petersburg’s and Russian), violin, kankles, shepherds’ music instruments, drums.
Folklore ensemble „Rags“ takes a part in regional and republican ethno cultural events: World Lithuanian Songs Festivals in Vilnius (2003, 2007, 2009); they also represent the Pasvalys region at songs feasts in district of Panevėžys; took a part in LTV show „Duokim garo“ and has become champions in the International Cultural Festival „Lingaudala“, which took a place in Kupiškis in 2012; the group performed at folklore festivals in Rokiškis, Mosėdis, Radviliškis, Nida’s „Parbėg laivelis“ and in other Lithuanian towns. In 2005, he musical group was honored by possibility to represent aukštaičiai in the Ethnic Minorities Cultures Festival „Čia mūsų namai“ in Trakai.
The „Rags“ travels with concert program to France, Latvia, Belgium, Poland. The group’s direction of activities – the representation region’s culture.
LITHUANIA, Folk ensemble Sedula of Šiauliai Culture Centre of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Music director — Virginija Gintilaitė
The ensemble was founded in 1981. At the beginning it was the ensemble of folk song performers. In 1989, dancers and musicians joined the ensemble. The group encompasses 20 members. The ensemble performs the Samogitian repertoire. The programmes of Easter and Advent canticles, songs of partisans and exiles were prepared. Since 1990, the group took part in all World Lithuanians Song Festivals, international folk festivals: Parbėg Laivelis in Klaipėda, Skamba, Skamba Kankliai in Vilnius, Er Pajauga Žali Leipa in Telšiai, Lek Gerveli in Kelmė, The Flower of the Sun in Šiauliai, and Žiemgala in Pakruojis. The ensemble also participates in the festivals, organized by the Lithuanian Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired every two years.
In 2004 the leader of the ensemble Virginija Gintilaitė contributed to the organization and implementation of the international folk festival Tylus, Tylus Vakarielis. In 2005 the ensemble participated in concert in Punsk (Poland). The same year Sedula published its first music CD Tylus, Tylus Vakarielis.
In 2007, the ensemble took part in the international festival of the visually impaired Tyfloart-2007 in Check Republic. In 2007, a celebration Viską Sudėjom Į Dainą dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the folk ensemble Sedula was arranged; a CD Šalis Ta Lietuva Vadinas was released.
In 2008, the group leader V. Gintilaitė contributed to the organization and implementation of the project - the national festival of folk ensembles Šalis Ta - Lietuva Vadinas. In June of the same year, the ensemble participated in the cultural event of Latvian blind and visually impaired people in Riga Pinas Dainos, Muzika ir Eilės.
LITHUANIA, Folk music band of Šelmiai of Šiauliai Culture Centre of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Music director — Romualdas Laugalis
Folk dance group Vajaunas
Music director — Arūnas Šliauteris
The folk music band Šelmiai was founded in 1961. Since 2004, the band is led by A. Šliauteris. The group is an active participant of different festivals, events and celebrations, organized in Lithuania and abroad. They have published a CD Trenk, Polkute.
The band and the folk dance group Vajaunas have prepared a joint concert programme and participated in international festivals in the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Thailand, Nepal, etc.
The folk dance group Vajaunas was established in 2002. The leader of the group is Romualdas Laugalis. The group has many different-age and different-profession dance enthusiasts.
The folk music band Šelmiai and the folk dance group Vajaunas have prepared a joint concert programme and participated in international festivals in the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Thailand, Nepal, etc.
LITHUANIA, Folk ensemble Sidabrinė gija of Šiauliai Culture Centre
Music director — Vita Taučienė
The ensemble was established in 1983 and will celebrate the 30th anniversary this autumn. The ensemble has been led by Vita Taučienė for 22 years.
The ensemble has 18 folk-loving people, whose age varies from 50 to 94 years. All members of the ensemble state: “Already in our youth we fell in love with song and dance, took over the ethnic heritage of our parents and ancestors, and now we present it to our young generation with much love and respect”.
During its thirty-year history the ensemble took part in many various events: concerts, festivals, the Lithuanian Song Festival in Vilnius, the international folk festival Atataria Lamzdžiai in Kaunas and the international folk festival the Flower of the Sun 2005 and 2007.
LITHUANIA, The kankles ensemble of
Šiauliai 2nd music school
Musical director Lora Andriuškienė
The kankles ensemble has become a participant of various festivals, contests and music projects: the Republican Ensembles Contest of Kazimieras Biliūnas, Žemaitija ir Klaipėda regions Ensembles Contest; has become a laureate of the III International Pranas Stepulis Contest.
The kankles players perform music on traditional and modernized music instruments. They give solo, kankles ensemble, mixed ensembles performances and take a part in Lithuanian ethnic instruments orchestra performances at Jonas Švedas’ contests, concerts, and festivals. They often travel on the concert tours with the orchestra to Latvia, Estonia, Netherlands and Belgium.
LITHUANIA, Šiauliai chamber orchestra
Music director and conductor Jonas Janulevičius
Šiauliai chamber orchestra was founded in 1989. The majority of the orchestra members used to play at Folk Symphony Orchestra before. All of them are lecturers and teachers at Šiauliai Conservatory and Šiauliai city and region Music School.
The orchestra gives performances in Šiauliai and other Lithuanian cities; has been on tour to Germany, Italy, Poland, and Sweden. The chamber orchestra collaborates with Lithuanian choirs. The famous conductors and soloist such as J. Domarkas, S. Sondeckis, R. Šervenikas, M. Pitrėnas, V. Viržinis, G. Skėrytė, A. Krikščiūnaitė, E. Kaniava, A. Janutas, V. Vyšniauskas, L. Gubaidulina, S. ir R. Zubovai, R. Vaicekauskaitė and other great Lithuanian musicians were working with the orchestra.
The orchestra members keep close connection with German musicians – cellist D. Geringas, conductor G. Mais, pianist I. Gabbe, pianist and conductor L. Dorfman and others.
The orchestra’s repertoire contains music pieces of different epochs and genres, dominated by baroque and classic music.
LITHUANIA, Šiauliai city brass band
Musical director Gediminas Brūzga
The brass band of Šiauliai city was established in 1966 upon Stasys Jautakas initiative. Since 2010 the lead of the band was taken by Gediminas Bruzga.
Since 1970 the band has been participating in republican and later on in world Lithuanian songs festivals and has become contests prizewinner and laureate.
The brass band performs concerts in Šiauliai city and its districts, participates in traditional festivals (in Mažeikiai, Panevėžys, Kaunas, Palanga, Plungė etc.); took a part in republican brass bands championships; successfully performed in Latvia, Estonia, Byelorussia, Russia, Germany, France, Sweden, and Netherlands. The Šiauliai city brass band concerts with laureates of international contests: J. Lopetaite, J. Leitaite, R. Vingru, V. Juozapaičiu and other famous performers.
The band has a prepared concert program which includes the dancing show elements. The brass band prepares 3-4 new concert programs annually.
LITHUANIA, kankles duet ,,Po lietaus" ("After the Rain")
Kankles players Kristina’s and Laura’s duet “Po Lietaus” combines maturity with youthfulness.
For the first time the duet will perform during the “Flower of the Sun” festival.
The girls as solo performers have became the laureates of many National and International Jonas Švedas Folk Instruments’ Performers Contest. They are giving many concerts in Lithuania and abroad. Kristina Kuprytė is already known by the audience, as she has participated in various musical projects. Laura Urbonaitė has got the Bachelor’s Diploma and graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) in 2013. In the same year she became the laureate of the XI National and IV International J. Švedas Folk Instruments’ Performers Contest.
LITHUANIA, Egidijus Ališauskas
In 1995, Egidijus Ališauskas graduated from a reed-pipe bachelor studies at Folk Instruments and Harmonica Department in Lithuanian Academy of Music (now, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre). In 1996 he obtained master’s degree at Lithuanian Academy of Music (on reed-pipe speciality). Later on, the same year, Egidijus has been enrolled into prof. J. Domarkas’ orchestra conducting course. In 1998 he received bachelor degree on orchestral conducting. After one year he obtained a qualification of conductor of military orchestra.
Currently, Egidijus Ališauskas is a chief conductor and a musical director of the Lithuanian Army Orchestra; he also holds the position of musical director at Folk Instruments Orchestra, and is an associate professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
In 1994, while studying at the first year of prof. P. Tamošaitis reed-pipe class in the Lithuanian Academy of Music, Ališauskas has become a laureate (III place) of an international contest in Čerepovec, Russia. He won the Republican Contest of Young Performers twice, in 1987 and 1990. Lithuania was amongst the countries where he represented the possibilities of playing on the Lithuanian folk instrument – the reed-pipe, - actively participated in various music events in cities and towns of Lithuania and abroad: Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France (the Grand Music Parade, „Atžalynas“, World Lithuanian Songs Festival, „Klasikos diversijos“, A. Žigaitytė’s mystery play „Praregėjimas“, O. Narbutaitė’s oratorio „Centones mea urbi“, J. Vaitkus’ theatre play „Žuvėdra“, G. Varnas’ theatre play „Portija Koglen“, D. Gasiūnaitė’s feature film „Kas miega šalia tavęs“, Tytuvėnai Festival, Trakai „Fanfara band“ festival etc.).
Egidijus Ališauskas conducts to various orchestras and ensembles - the Lithuanian Army Orchestra (the director of the orchestra), the LAMT Folk instruments orchestra (the director of the orchestra), the Vilniaus Brass, the Trakai Festival orchestra, the Folk Instruments ensemble ansambliu „Sutartinė“ (the director of the ensemble), the Riga brass band.
Egidijus Ališauskas has conducted to the musical programs which were later recorded on a CD: „Perlų vėrinys“ with the Lithuanian Army Orchestra, „Kada sūneliai sugrįš?“, „Namo“ along with D. Pulauskas LRT band and singer V. Povilioniene.
In 2007 and 2009 he was assigned a chief conductor at Songs Festival and Students Songs Festival. In 2011, due to the 20 years anniversary of the Lithuanian Army Orchestra celebration, together with the choir and soloists of Klaipėda Music Theatre, Vilnius Educational University choir „Ave Vita“, soloists Joana Gedmintaite, Dainius Stumbras and Kęstutis Alčauskas, E. Ališauskas arranged and K. Orff’s „Carmina Burana“. Later that year, he arranged four rechitals recitals with classicist Aiste Bružaite, pianist Indre Baikštyte, string quartet „Art Vio“ in Lithuanian Art Gallery, Latvian Academy of Music, Viljandis (Estonia) and at Trakai fanfare week „Mes sveikiname Trakus“.
LITHUANIA, Kristina Kuprytė
Kristina Kuprytė is a professional concert kankles performer – the laureate of various republican and international music contests. Kristina performed in Germany, France, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Italy, Spain, Canada, USA, Greece, Finland, Russia, and Egypt. In 1999 she was invited to perform for the prince of Netherlands Prince Bernhard von Lippe-Biesterfeld.
Kristina Kuprytė took a part in international festivals "Baltijos kantelė" (Finland, Helsinki 2003), Ch.Frenkel mansion (Lithuania, Šiauliai 2005, 2007), "Sugrįžimai 2006" (Lithuania, Šiauliai, Vilnius, Klaipėda); international contemporary music festivals “Iš arti 2009”, “Resurexit” (Lithuania, Šiauliai, 2012).
Kristina constantly participates in various international music projects with other famous musicians and groups; she herself is the initiator and performer of kankles music pieces premiers. Kristina performed together with Šiauliai chamber and symphony orchestras (conductor Janulevičius), and Kaunas symphony orchestra (conductor Vytautas Lukočius).
The musician took a part in Dutch, Belgic and Lithuanian TV and radio broadcasts. Her music records are played on Lithuania, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Georgia and USA TV and radio classical music broadcasts.
LITHUANIA, Loreta Sungailienė (Mukaitė)
Loreta Sungailienė is an ethnomusicologist, a Doctor of humanities, folk researcher and performer. Loreta is also a chief specialist at Folklore Department in Folk culture center, the LRT TV broadcast „Duokim garo!“ show host, the chairperson at Academic Samogitian Youth Corporation „Samogitia“, the chair of the board at charity and support fund „Mažojo princo fondas“, an initiative ambassador of „Visa Lietuva skaito vaikams“.
In 2001 Loreta graduated Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and obtained master’s degree on ethnomusicology. Six years later she defended her dissertation in the humanities on articulation and intonation patterns in Samogitian folk songs. Students of Vilnius College had a great opportunity to attend folksong course lectured by Loreta Sungailienė in 2005. Currently she is teaching ethnic culture course to Vilnius University Kaunas Faculty of Humanities, Cultural Management studies students. Many scientific, methodic, informative articles and reviews were written by Loreta and published out, subsequently.
Since 2000 Loreta holds position of chief specialist at Lithuanian Folk Cultural Center. The field of work – Lithuanian folksongs of the Darbo sritis – singing in Lithuanian folklore and its development, the traditional singing. L. Sungailienė is a committee member at „Golden Bird“ for folklore groups and their leaders nominations assignment. Since 2003 Loreta is a creative team member of folksongs festivals „Folkloro dienos“ and „Baltica“. 2008–2010 m. – member of methodology group of state intangible cultural heritage protection program called “Tradicinės kultūros vertybių sąvadas”. 2007–2010 m. – The organizer of Lithuanian Students Folklore Festival “O kieno žali sodai”.
Together with young Samogitians, studying in Vilnius, she have founded and heads the Academic Samogitian youth corporation “Samogitia”. Since the beginning of the studies till present day she heads folklore ensembles “Virvytė” (Folklore collective existing from 1995) and “Šaltinis” (Ministry of the Interior Medical Centre folklore ensemble, heads since 1996)
She has recorded solo CD containing traditional songs of Samogitian and seaside regions, “Vuoj strazdeli, strazdeli”, compiled and released the CD of ensemble “Virvytė” entitled “Aš budavuosiu marga dvareli”. Loreta has performed solo and with folklore ensembles in the following countries: Latvija, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, France, Portugal, Cyprus and USA.
Loreta Sungailienė – performs not only traditional but also modernized folklore. She has participated in modernized folklore projects with bands “Nenorma”, “Valija”, jazz musician Artūras Anusauskas, jazz singer and composer Artūras Novikas and the band “Jazz Island”, singer Aiste Smilgevičiūte, and with other rock and pop performers and bands.
Loreta – one of the members of world music projects „Sutartinės party“ (composers Lino Rimšos ir Lino Paulauskio muzika) and ZAP. Also participant and solo performer of Four Elements (composers Giedrius Svilainis, Martas Bialobžeskis, Jonas Jurkūnas, Linas Rimša).
LITHUANIA, Augustinas Šimkus
Tenor, Telšiai region Biržuvėnų village
LITHUANIA, Arūnas Šliauteris
Arūnas Šliauteris has started playing the wooden bells in the folk music orchestra of Šiauliai Conservatoire. Later he has played the wooden bells in the folk music orchestra of the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, “Saulė” - the folk music orchestra of Šiauliai University, and the folk-rock group “Kitava”. He is also managing and playing the wooden bells in the folk music band “Šelmiai”. Arūnas has performed his music in the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Greece, Great Britain, USA, Thailand and in many TV shows in Lithuania.