The bands and projects of
MJR 2003 :::::::::::
This festival debutante has been formed in Spring
2003 as a part of "MISSUSA Chaos tools"
grouping. It is comprised of two vehement electro-chemists
Dr. Morsik and Troll. Agyria, which promotes particularly
harsh psychedelic electronic music, is going to present
their set called "Chaos@morsik.lt" featuring
tele-video installations during the MJR. The band
is expected to accomplish and release a debut album
This band, specialising in original pagan metal, became
the winners of the festival Naujas Kraujas 2003 (New
Blood). The creative path of Andaja started when five
lads, who have gained experience by playing in such
bands as Sacro Silvas, Ugnėlakis and Obtest, decided
to proceed with the glorious quest of Lithuanian pagan
black metal. In sharp accords and flaming melodies
of Andaja, you can hear the returning grand past times,
the echo of the ancestors' hails and arcane sighs
of history... The band is working on its debut album
After Lashisha, a well-known underground noise-lover,
became a new vocalist of Ataka, one of the oldest
Lithuanian electronic music bands became fully staffed
again and ready for active participation in gigs.
So far, the project released a single album "Thunder
Gott" in 1999. This time, the cultural terrorists
are going to introduce their audio surgical shock
therapy compiled of old and new tracks of the project.
The music of Ataka can be classified as psychedelic
Bagpipe and drum music group Auli was founded in 2003.
A few of group members have already played in the
first bagpipe group in Latvia - Dudnieki, which was
formed in 1994. Regardless of the fact that there
was scarce evidence left of bagpipe and drum playing
traditions, both instruments were mentioned in the
folklore materials. The music pieces reflect creative
approach of the group members. Auli's repertoire contains
dance and bagpipe melodies including tunes of other
European peoples as well as drum pieces.
It is a Polish duo, which was formed in October 2001
by Betrayal, who is responsible for the bass, programming,
and keyboard production, and Void, vocalist, guitar
player and lyrics writer. The band has already recorded
two demos: "End" in 2001, and "Wired"
a year later. Deathcamp Project's music is based on
the goth and deathrock styles, and amongst many inspirations
they name The Sisters of Mercy, Christian Death and
The Fields of the Nephilim. This influence can be
found in the band's music, but a direct comparison
to any of these bands would be a great simplification.
At the moment, Void and Betrayal are working on their
first full-length album.
Dijūta is a name of a medium-size hill located on
the northeast border of Lithuania. There is a sutartinė
(a sort of polyphonic song) "Dijūta kolnali"
about it. The folklore ensemble of the Lithuanian
Academy of Sciences, which has been founded at the
start of 1979, assumed this name. Dijūta took part
in the International Folklore Festivals in both Lithuania
and a number of foreign countries. The songs of the
ensemble were recorded for the archives of Lithuanian
Radio. Audiotape "Dijūta" was released in
1993, while in 2000 the CD "Unksti rytėlio"
was recorded and released. The repertoire of Dijūta
includes folk songs, dances, games and roundelays,
spiced with dialectal narratives, from all regions
of Lithuania. Among their oeuvre, the most important
is archaic polyphonic music performed with ancient
instruments (panpipes, horns, long wooden trumpets,
longitudinal pipes, reed pipes and zithers). At the
moment, the band has 26 members. Most of them are
scientists working in various fields.
Donis' music evokes an ever deeper, fuller and more
solid feel of space, the journey by Time vessel. Having
made a name as the best known Lithuanian creator of
ambient/ethereal/neofolk, having released over 15
albums with different projects, Donis has been devoting
much of his attention to electronic and experimental
music. This professional musician, performing for
9 years now, was the main Beast in the last year's
MJR festival where he surprised the audience with
five different programmes. This time, Donis is going
to present to you two brand new programmes: "6-ios
kopos" (Six Dunes) will stand out for its aggressive
dance rhythms illustrating the conquest of every next
dune (with increasing levels of difficulty) lasts
ten minutes. Meanwhile, during the first night of
festival, the audience will hear gloomy and calm atmospheric
music, perhaps even a fairy-tale...?
Extensive discography of Donis has been complemented
by the ambient CD "Baltos Juodos Klajos"
(Dangus), followed by special project "Švilpiai"
and the joint work of seaside composers named "20:00.000".
The latest release of this musician is the album of
archival ambient/noise. Dangus promises to release
a joint project of Donis and Kūlgrinda at the end
of the year.
Here is a project of experimental electronic music
from the West of Lithuania that has enjoyed its debut
on the MJR stage last year. It is steered by Kristijonas
Lučinskas, the new member of the artists' alliance
Noxta. In his music, Driezhas mostly experiments with
new sounds, therefore, the result is often weird and
hardly predictable. He released a debut album "Ten,
kur skubam aš ir tu..." (Here Where You and I
Rush...) and recorded an experimental CDr "20:00.000"
in co-operation with seaside colleagues Donis and
Inconnas. His new album "Sekmadienio rytui"
(For Sunday Morn) is in the process. Driezhas is going
to present rhythmically mesmerising and dark music
real-time improvisation containing noise and psychedelic
elements in the Festival.
As the star of Estonian alternative scene, the band
distinguishes itself by powerful concept and original
sound. The musicians label their music as deathbeat,
which is a peculiar derivative from death metal and
electrobeat music standing close to industrial, gothic,
and synthpop styles and shamanic elements. One of
the most impressive performances of Forgotten Sunrise
took place in this year's "Death Comes... 10"
festival in Vilnius. During the years of its existence,
the band has adorned its discography with various
releases including the last one "Ple:se Disco-nnect
Me", a single of 16 remixes. In autumn, Italian
Company My Kingdom Music is expected to release their
full-length album "Ru:mipu:dus".
The Lithuanian industrial scene's leading exponent
makes each live performance an exceptionally thrilling
affair with ever changing moods, new techniques of
expression and newly mapped paths to the subconscious.
The miller of GG, who mainly specialises in industrial,
ambient, trip-hop, and minimalist electronic styles,
never forgets Baltic folklore, which leaves its footsteps
in every band's album starting from the first one
called "Kerai" (Sorcery). The latest work
of GG is CD "Procesai" (Processes), released
by Dangus this year and containing distinct psychedelic
subsounds, which you will certainly hear in Witch's
Hut on Saturday.
It is the folklore group of Kaunas University of Technology
that has been performing folk songs and dances since
mid-80s. Starting from 2000, the leader of the company
is Vilma Čiplytė, mostly known as the singer of the
legendary Lithuanian pagan band Zpoan Vtenz. The company
is especially active during seasonal feasts, likes
making people dance and entertaining them in other
ways, as well as organising evening-parties that are
full of spree. The special ritual of Goštauta during
the MJR every year is the Meeting of the Sun.
Here is a new collective of young people from Kaunas
City. They perform interesting trip-hop improvisations
on the themes of folk songs with bass guitar, drums
and vocals. "Indie is India (have the Balts originated
there?), Indians (we are inspired by their songs)
and indie scene... We play in support of ideas and
for our pleasure. We are fascinated by minimalism
and so we improvise much," - maintain the musicians.
It is difficult to imagine the ritual of the MJR festival
without this band of archaic Baltic folklore. Kūlgrinda
is a secret, stone-cobbled path under water, through
a swamp or lake, into a castle. Kūlgrinda is also
considered to be a sacral path - a path of initiation.
Kūlgrinda was formed in 1990, it regularly updates
its composition. Led by Inija and Jonas Trinkūnas,
Kūlgrinda is often invited to events, feasts, concerts
and festivals in Lithuania, it introduces the cultural
heritage of the Balts to the audiences of Europe.
Drums are lavishly employed in the ensemble's music,
which brings authentic spirit of rituals back from
the depths of many a century. Last year, Dangus released
Kūlgrinda's CD "Rites of Fire", this year
it has released a new album titled "Perkūno Giesmės"
(Hymn to Perkūnas).
Lumotree is a sound space project conducted by an
architect and programmer. Simply sit under the tree
of light to listen to the volatile forms of space.
Project employs virtual synthesisers, abstains from
ready-made phrases or samples since all is created
in real time. "We bring with us only the space
project. The very space is crafted by the resonance
of computer and the streams of your brain," -the
authors explain. Egidijus Šurma has been composing
electronic music since 1998, while noteworthy projects
are called SnowCrash and Kopa (electronic folk project
that took part in MJR 2001). The other member of Lumotree
is Aivaras Onaitis, who took part in the work of such
bands as Zima, VRR and Soja, as well as authored Ikra
... the Past may not be revealed since it has to be
experienced individually... if you cherish your miserable
life, obey my orders... because I am the omniscient
eye aware of the most hideous secrets you hide...
I am the invisible hand governing your fates... I
am unidentifiable, therefore, I must lurk in sound
shadows... travel down the spiral... down where X
marks the location and the cells of grey matter unite
with darkness... once the smoke disperses, you will
find yourself in a place where only three things matter:
your origin, courage and endurance... flesh is so
week while the metal is so hard... all remains is
to drive techno[logies] to perfection... no compromises,
merely cold and gloomy techno...
This is cyber ethno folk-core containing melodies
flaming with hot steel rhythms and the colours of
Prussian flag. There exists a point where fear disappears,
while Fate, Technology and Magic merge. This point
has become the datum-level for Notanga in 1999 when
well-known artists of the scene, McKaras, Donis, Trolis,
Shaknis and Ugn, united their combative natures. In
2001, they released their first MCD "Laukti Liko
Nebedaug" (Dangus). The band, employing arcane
Baltic codes, is going to conduct an expressive ritual
by unfurling their brand new as well as rare tracks
on the MJR stage. Wake up the smouldering runes of
For over a decade these pagan metallers band from
Vilnius have waged musical war on the unsuspecting
(and later, very much suspecting) ears of the underground
hordes. One of the first bands to bring the black
metal to the motherland, over time the musicians have
broken out of genre boundaries that could not contain
their innate artistry and increasingly refined style
- finally leading to the unique niche they now occupy.
The band can be proud not only of two full-length
albums and two 7" vinyl EPs but also a solid
number of concerts played in the West. At the moment,
Obtest are finishing work on recording for one more
7"EP "Dvylika Juodvarnių" (Twelve Ravens)
and promise to accomplish the new album "Geležinis
Vilkas" (Iron Wolf). During the MJR festival,
inspirational songs from these and the first discs
will ravish the public.
It is a project of 6 musicians from Belarus. The idea
of the project is to restore primary authentic music,
which is not only to be played but ot live in. Osimira
- this music unites songs of fairs and sacred rituals
from one side and special sounds of our planet from
another side. Nature songs are different from place
to place. Time does not exist for our inner world.
It remembers everything - forgotten sounds of great
civilisations that are gone. Every cell of our body
knows this eternal song, the song of nature. You just
Here is a new band on stage that has taken by surprise
the audiences of both Naujas Kraujas and Kunigunda
Lunaria festivals. Guitarist Marius, after his return
from London in 2001, started composing new groovy
pieces in co-operation with MC Salotekas, the vocalist
of Vilnius band Framed. Submerged in experiments,
Planet Dogbone are going to present their originally
programmed compositions, characterised by intoxicating
guitar accords, driving rhythmics and ethno elements,
during the MJR festival.
SHNARESYS : MIGLOJE
Ambient and idm.......
This cult band of the Lithuanian dark scene, recently
celebrating its 13th anniversary, has always been
marked by cordiality, spirituality and novelties.
Having become a sort of synonym of Lithuanian gothic
music, Siela have also made an impression on Western
audiences. In Lithuania, the band made their name
with the albums "Tremtyje", "Juodo
Opiumo Žemė", and "Už Regėjimo Lauko".
The latter was re-released with new versions on CD
by Dangus this year. "Juodo Opiumo Žemė"
was also reissued on CD this summer. However, the
legendary band with its frontman Aurelijus Sirgedas
is about to embark on recording a new album, and will
be presenting their new single "The Crow"
on the stage of the MJR festival.
This new one-man project was created by Daniel in
2001 in Ziebice - a small town that is hiding among
woods and hills in Lower Silesia region in Poland.
Daniel's main inspiration comes from Nature and the
contrast between it and industrial world. Also old
cemeteries, castles... Skon is an escape from reality
to magical isolated places where we can feel really
free! Music of the band is an intensive mix of hard
industrial, electro-symphonic and folk.
Breathing vitality turns into simple, cordial note
capable of falling into each one's soul to blossom
there. Pure accords of zithers, tearful melodies of
fiddles, and cavorting tunes of pipes flow along the
subtle current of Baltic harmony where the efforts
to access the gap between the worlds by both performers
and audience mingle. The pivotal part of this journey
is narrative folklore. Šova was founded more than
a year ago. It played in Prutena and Kunigunda Lunaria
festivals as well as a few chamber concerts. Apart
from its known tracks, the band is going to perform
new programme rehearsed by each member individually
and never together. It is a riddle not only to the
audience but also to the performers how all veins
will merge and sound in unity.
TEMPLE OF TIERMES
Ritual is the keyword speaking about the music of
the Finnish project Temple Of Tiermes. Vehement power
electronics, pulsating industrial and glimmering ambient
awaken magical experiences in the subconscious. TOT
proceeds in the new vein with the project Tiermes,
which participated in the MJR festival in 2001 but
skipped the last year's festival due to the busy schedule
of recording sessions. The new release of the band
was made by Soulworm Company. You will be accompanied
on the esoteric journey by Jarkko Taivonen (humming
guitar and mechanics) and Sarianna Tamminen (slides).
Widely known for his active nature and impressive
works of both music and jewellery, Trolis is the main
Beast in this year's MJR festival. During the event,
he is going to perform with even five different projects:
as a guitarist in Obtest, Siela and Notanga, whereas
with Agyria and his personal project Trolis &
The Giberlingers (solo performance during the Afterparty)
he will showcase unlimited opportunities of fantasy
and computer. The discography of the latter project
contains two albums: CDr "Tuundrra" and
CD "Quark Gluon Plasma", released by Dangus
this year. As if an aural alchemist, Trolis weaves
shamanic elements into the spacious sound exploration
of idm trance music and conducts a session of genuine
magic dance. The peculiar sound and subtle tribal
rhythms of Trolis are uniquely his. All that remains
is to plug in, tune out and ride the Helter Skelter
bandwagon back to the very beginning when each day
on Earth used to start with Creation of the World!
ir grupė VALIJA
Garsiausia Lietuvos folkloro dainininkė mėgsta ne
tik tradicines liaudies dainų formas, bet ir mielai
experimentuoja. Žymūs jos bendri projektai su P.Vyšniausku,
grupe ŽAS, Dj Saga, perkusine grupe Djambo Party,
kitais muzikantais. Pasitelkusi Lietuvos liaudies
kultūros centro bendradarbius ir bendraminčius, ji
2002 m. subūrė grupę Valija, kurios repertuare atskleidžiamas
grynasis liaudies dainos skambėjimas, taip pat folkloras
jungiamas su džiazo, roko, techno, meditacinės muzikos
ir afrikietiškų ritmų elementais. Didžiausią dėmesį
Veronika ir jos kolegos skiria kalendorinėms dainoms,
taip pat mielai eksperimentuoja su sutartinėmis bei
mėgsta lietuviškuosius romansus.
The most famous Lithuanian folklore singer not only
excels in traditional forms of folk song but also
innovates with pleasure. Worth of mention are her
joint projects with P.Vyšniauskas, ŽAS, Dj Saga, percussive
band Djambo Party and other musicians. Having rallied
her colleagues from the Lithuanian Folk Culture Centre
and other like-minded souls, she founded the band
Valija in 2002. The repertoire of the band explores
the pure essence of the folk song; folklore is merged
with elements of jazz, rock, techno, meditation music
and African rhythms. The result is startling but its
flavour still authentic. Veronika and her colleagues
craft many seasonal songs, gladly experiment with
sutartines and demonstrate a certain penchant for
Verdingio folkloro klubas yra būrelis entuziastų,
besidominčių lietuvių folkloru - nuo tautosakos iki
liaudies šokių bei muzikos. 1992 m. įkurto klubo narius
tampriai sieja bendri interesai, draugiški santykiai,
meilė folklorui. "Mūsų klubas sukūrė savo tradicijas
ir stilių, saugo ir tęsia lietuvių liaudies senają
muzikinę tradiciją. Giedame sutartines, skudučiuojame,
grojame ragais, bei daudytėmis. Dabar, praėjus 11
metų nuo ansamblio įkūrimo, jaučiame, kad atėjo laikotarpis,
kai reikalingas naujas postūmis naujo gyvavimo etapo
pradžiai - jaunatviškas entuziazmas ir energija po
truputį virsta brandžia filosofija ir profesionalumu"
- pasakoja ansamblio vadovė Vida Laurinavičienė.
Folklore club Verdingis unites a circle of enthusiasts
interested in Lithuanian folklore ranging from narrative
folklore to folk dances and music. The members of
the club, founded in 1992, share common interests,
friendly relations and commitment to folklore. "Our
club has developed its traditions and style, it preserves
and continues the old Lithuanian musical tradition.
We sing songs, play panpipes, horns and wooden trumpets.
Now, after 11 years of existence, we feel a need for
new impulse to start a new stage of existence. Youthful
enthusiasm and energy become mature philosophy and
professionalism little by little," - tells Vida
Laurinavičienė, the leader of the ensemble.
Contact: +370 670 13185
Padebesiuos girgžda grįžulas. Šio netradicinio prieblandų
projekto įpūtėjas - Povilas, grupių Ugnėlakis, Peorth,
Kūlgrinda narys. Grojant su įvairiomis grupėmis, kaupėsi
daug nerealizuotų idėjų, kurios 1999 m. paskatino
sukurti Vilkdują. 2001 m. pasirodė experimentinės
muzikos kasetė Prieblanda. Ir žemės arbata. Kurį laiką
gyvenęs Olandijoje ir išsiilgęs Lietuvos, niežtinčiai
sielos pirštais Povilas lipdys keistą viziją su tribal
kvapu - raganaus skardiniais medžiais, mediniais varpais,
Far in the clouds, the Great Bear crunches. The moving
spirit of this unconventional twilight project is
Povilas, the member of such bands as Ugnėlakis, Peorth
and Kūlgrinda. While playing with various bands, he
has accumulated lots of unimplemented ideas that prompted
Povilas to found Vilkduja in 1999. In 2001, the experimental
music tape "Prieblanda. Ir žemės arbata"
was released. Having lived in Holland for a while
and feeling homesick, Povilas with itching soul fingers
is going to mould a weird vision with tribal scent:
he will charm you with tin trees, wooden bells and
Here we have Latvian post-folklore band the name of
which, Visi Veji (All Winds), symbolises youth, artistic
vitality and freedom. Young musicians, who employ
a number of traditional instruments, say: "We
play here and now. We are inspired by the Past and
the Present, therefore, we compose a variety of music.
It is as live as we are, as winds, blowing from all
corners of the World, are..." Visi Veji was formed
in 2001, it took part in Vandene and Baltica 2003
festivals. The music of the band is based on Latvian
folklore melodies mingled with new musical ideas.
Thus, the new tunes are created and brand new tracks
After this Kaunas band Liūnuosna changed its name
to Xess and made its sound harsher, the popularity
of this cybergoth formation only increased in Lithuania.
Xess devotes lots of attention to their stage image
and expression. Their performances never lack sexuality
and energy. They regularly perform in concerts and
festivals, released their debut MCD "In Cyber
Lust", represented Lithuanian gothic scene in
Latvia and are going to perform in Vampira festival
in Poland this year.
This is sensual, sincere and remarkable neo-folk performed
with acoustic guitars, percussion and soft voices.
"The world we live in is a huge constellation
of small stars that left our world, of passing-by
stars and guiding stars. We may try to imagine it
is not entirely a lie which would mean it is some
kind of truth." Žvaigždumėnija was born in Utena
in 2001. It took part in the last year's MJR, recorded
a demo and played in Prutena festival in Königsberg
:::::::::: LECTURES ::::::::::
Some lectures would be translated
into english language:
"The Relevance of Fairy-tales Today"
B.Kerbelytė, ScD, the Professor of Vytautas Magnus
University, who has compiled in the Institute of Lithuanian
Literature and Folklore the card index of the Lithuanian
narrative folklore, comprising over 85 thousand records,
will transfer us to the queer world of fairy-tales,
analyse and teach us to analyse and interpret fairy-tales,
explain life mysteries and their importance encoded
in the narrative folklore.
"Concept of Death in the Traditional Lithuanian
The postgraduate student of Vytautas Magnus University
will discuss the images of approaching Death, personified
Death, omens of Death and Death-defying actions in
every-day context, during the season festivities and
funerals, based on the material of Lithuanian narrative
folklore, beliefs and customs.
Daura Giedraitienė "Opportunities
of Reconstructing the Ancient Baltic Outfit"
Painter, modeller and teacher from the History Museum
of Raseiniai Region is often invited to talk about
the clothes of our ancestors in the past and she assumes
this obligation with pleasure. In her lecture, she
will give a brief overview of the clothing development
since the distant past to the 20th c. and will discuss
the peculiarities of the ancient Baltic clothes-wearing
in the prehistoric and Early Middle Ages periods as
well as their relevance today.
"Harmony and sanctity"
The leader of Baltic heathen community "Romuva",
Lithuania's krivis (highest priest) will speak about
harmony concepts, still preserved in the oldest European
language - Lithuanian, perceptions of sanctity and
sacral sites in ancient times and these days. He will
also tell us about roots of Baltic religion in India,
where J.Trinkūnas travelled this year.
"Cosmos Boundaries and their Concept"
The domain of interest for the physics and astronomy
teacher working in Molėtai Astronomical Observatory
is the development of astronomy, the relations between
the Sky and human beings in different periods of time.
He will speak about the concept of the boundary between
This and Another world, the transcendence and the
changes of the mythical boundaries, celestial signs
and their interpretation, World Tree, three planes
of the vertical world space, and the contemporary
understanding of cosmos. The lecture will be given
"Magic in Ancient Medicine"
T. Mekas, ScD in Medicine, the Director of Pharmacy
Museum of Kaunas University of Medicine, has been
always interested in folk medicine. On the second
day of the festival, aided by his wife he will show
us the ingredients and techniques of the ancient medicine,
during the discussion, share his knowledge on the
magic used by folk wizards called wiccans, peculiarities
of treatment, mystical methods and extraordinary characteristics
"Rebirth of Ancient Fire in the Music of the
Ten years ago, first bands were formed in Lithuania
that featured intense motives of the pagan culture
and warlike ideas in their music. DANGUS has also
started its existence ten years ago. In the meeting
dedicated for these anniversaries, Ugnius is going
to talk about the source, development, circumstances
and unaccidental coincidences of the events now becoming
history. Current and future ideas of Dangus will also
"Vitality Secrets of Lithuania"
Lithuanians are one of the oldest world nations. They
have preserved their archaic past aiding them in survival
in the crudest hardships, which is especially relevant
these days. Ethnologist V. Mikailionis, the priest
of the Old Baltic Faith Community of Vilnius, ROMUVA,
is going to talk about and discuss these issues.
"Resistance Struggle in Lithuania During Post-war
Ex-deportee V. Alekna, the Member of the Writers'
Association and the author of the book "Ūžė žalia
giria", is going to tell the audience about the
most significant campaigns of the Great Struggle District
and the strategy of the resistance struggle. The lecturer
is going to emphasise the activities and battles of
the guerrilla squads commanded by Žaliasis Velnias
"Freedom Fight of 1944 - 1954 in Former Švenčioniai
V. Striužas, Senior Expert of the Department of Cultural
Heritage Protection and Cultural Heritage Centre,
who has deeply analysed the events and tactics of
the post-war freedom fights, collected the testimonies
of the witnesses and the archival data, is going to
speak about the fierce fights with occupants in Švenčioniai
Districts and elsewhere. The lecture will be leavened
with musical breaks of soul-thrilling war songs of
guerrillas, collected and performed by lecturer himself.