Between Music and Ritual
Type: CD Album
Text by: Jonas Mekas, From the folk poetry, Lithuanian folk, Robert Filliou
Year of Publication: 2021
Publisher: Music Information Centre Lithuania
Product ID: MICL CD111
The 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 endeavored 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.”
The package offers liner notes in English, a CD, and QR codes for those who prefer to listen to the music online.
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