Between Music and Ritual

Between Music and Ritual

Composer: Various Authors

Type: CD album






Text by: Lithuanian folk, From the folk poetry, Robert Filliou, Jonas Mekas

Year of Publication: 2021

Publisher: Music Information Centre Lithuania


Album features works by Bronius Kutavičius, Justė Janulytė, Justina Repečkaitė, Antanas Jasenka and Dominykas Digimas, as well as creative collaborations between Jūra Elena Šedytė and Simonas Nekrošius and Arturas Bumšteinas and Viktorija Damerell. The album was curated by Vítězslav Mikeš – a Czech musicologist, music writer, programmer and an indefatigable promoter whose significant contribution to the dissemination of Lithuanian music in the Czech Republic was acknowledged with the Knight’s Cross of the Order for Merits to Lithuania in 2018.

In the curator’s own words, all works in this album demonstrate “the ritual quality of music” to a certain extent. “I endeavoured to make an album that would feature composers across the age spectrum and works across a variety of genres including instrumental and vocal, orchestral and chamber, acoustic and electronic, improvised and folk music combined with contemporary writing. In other words, my intention was to show Lithuanian contemporary music as a diverse, vibrant and stimulating scene, which it truly is.”

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1 Bronius Kutavičius. From the Yotvingian Stone Aidija Chamber Choir, Virginija Karpovičiūtė - soloist, Arvydas Jankus, Ramūnas Strolis, Algirdas Jedemskij, Tomas Matevičius - wooden folk horns, Romualdas Gražinis - conductor

2 Justė Janulytė. The Colour of Water Sinfonietta Riga, Arvydas Kazlauskas - saxophone, Normunds Šnē - conductor

3 Justina Repečkaitė. Designation and Expulsion Justina Gringytė - mezzo-soprano, Nerijus Masevičius - bass, Andrius Rekašius - percussion

4 Antanas Jasenka. Cinematic Antanas Jasenka - electronic keyboards, percussion

5 Dominykas Digimas. as it came into my little attic Marta Finkelštein - piano, Yiorgis Sakellariou - voice, Dominykas Digimas - electronics

6 Jūra Elena Šedytė & Simonas Nekrošius. KNUS (Music for Headphones) Jūra Elena Šedytė - voice, Simonas Nekrošius - self-made instruments

7 Arturas Bumšteinas & Viktorija Damarell. Whispered January Arturas Bumšteinas - sound objects and effects, Viktorija Damarell - voice

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