::::::::::: The bands and projects of MJR 2003 :::::::::::

AGYRIA
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 soon.

ANDAJA

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 now.

ATAKA

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 e.b.m.

AULI

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.

DEATHCAMP PROJECT

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

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

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.

DRIEZHAS
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.

FORGOTTEN SUNRISE

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".

GIRNŲ GIESMĖS

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.

GOŠTAUTA

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.

INDIE

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.

KŪLGRINDA
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

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 project.

McKARAS

... 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...

NOTANGA

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 steel!

OBTEST

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.

OSIMIRA

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 should remember...

PLANET DOGBONE

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.......

SIELA

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.

SKON

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.

ŠOVA

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).

TROLIS & The Giberlingers

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!

V.Povilioninė 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 Lithuanian romances.

VERDINGIS

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

VILKDUJA

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, užjūrių šnypštesiais.
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 overseas hiss.
Contact: <vilkduja@yahoo.com>

VISI VEJI

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 are born.

XESS

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.

ŽVAIGŽDUMĖNIJA
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 this year.

 

:::::::::: LECTURES ::::::::::

Some lectures would be translated into english language:

Bronislava Kerbelytė "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.

Radvilė Račėnaitė "Concept of Death in the Traditional Lithuanian Culture"
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.

Other lectures:
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.

Jonas Trinkūnas "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.

Saulius Lovčikas "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 with visuals.

Tauras Mekas "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 of plants.

Ugnius Liogė "Rebirth of Ancient Fire in the Music of the Young"
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 be discussed.

Vaclovas Mikailionis "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.

Viktoras Alekna "Resistance Struggle in Lithuania During Post-war Period"
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 and Dobilas.

Voldis Striužas "Freedom Fight of 1944 - 1954 in Former Švenčioniai District"
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.