Mėnuo Juodaragis represents contemporary Baltic culture in a very special way. This is both paying respect to the tradition and enjoying alternative new forms – because music should be alive. And LIVING means changing. MJR is a creative think-tank for Baltic world-view and aesthetics, merging the old and the new, the authentic and the modem, meaning and spontaneity. The event also presents many great bands from other countries. This outstanding international cultural event and musical fiesta invites visitors to the country that has preserved the pagan Fire of Europe and speaks the most ancient tongue on the continent.
Restless intuition turns us into seekers. Somewhere in the flow, in the trees, under the turf, in the dance of the flames, in our genetic succession there is an archetypal key of the Universe whose power was so well known to the old European nations. Ethnic tradition here refers neither to the out-dated illustration hanging on the porch nor the drunken tourist reeling with a pint of beer. The glistening weapon of this expedition will be folklore. It is the irreversible Action Principle preserved for ages, it is the alliance of the Past and the Future revealed in elitist dispersion. MJR summons most advanced artists drawing from the very depth and burning with unique art not meant for mass production.
The flow is generated by plenty of old and new music styles ranging from ethno, neo-folk, post-folk, tribal and gothic to ambient, industrial, IDM, rock/metal, and avant-garde – you name it. These are the tools, the colours, the instruments. They differ but have the same direction, direct or indirect relations with the ancestral tradition. Different generations, nations, ideas, genres and styles, but a single feeling and one enchanting rhythm of the Earth.
Cold lips of the History can hardly tell us anything new. Scientific terms will scarcely reveal the beauty of the fluttering Mystery. It is unlikely we will find the light of our Ancestors in the insidious labyrinths of spurious chronicles. But we do believe that we can revive the essential fragments of the Great Legend in other ways – with a much greater force, with our Heart. The truth of our ritual is to revitalise the magical model of Universality HERE and NOW by employing new measures, new post-modern language. We do not believe it is merely the Fear of losing the identity and becoming a disposable Nothing, or a rudimentary tribute to Nostalgia. Expect a LIVE cosmic move with a bright forward projection!
Meanwhile, the idea behind the Mėnuo Juodaragis is clear and simple – THE HEARTBEAT. In touch with the pulsating Mystery a game turns into a ritual and the ritual becomes the game. We move on in a Circle… to the Beginning of the Beginning. And we listen to what our Ancestors tell us from There.