International Festival of Instrumental Folk Music
GRIEŽYNĖ - 2008
September 10 - 14, 2008
EXHIBITION „SĖLA MUSICIANS“
September 10, Wednesday, 15.00 Opening of photo exhibition on Zarasai region musicians and musical instruments. Zarasai region musicians will perform in the concert. Items on display were collected by Gintaras Andrijauskas, a well known folk music performer, a member of “Sadūnai” folk group.
CONCERT BY INSTRUMENTAL FOLKLORE GROUP “VYDRAGA” (
Wednesday, 20.00 It is held to mark 20th anniversary of “Vydraga”.Its new
album „Per šilą jojau“ will be presented at the concert. Traditional Lithuanian
and English dance tunes will be performed by “Vydraga” and Roger Watson, a
virtuoso harmonica player and investigator of folk music playing styles in
VISITING FOLK ARTIST JONAS BUGAILIŠKIS
September 11, Thursday, 11.00 Every year “Griežynė” festival guests and Lithuanian folklore enthusiasts have an opportunity to see how skilled masters make musical instruments. This year we will visit the workshop of the folk artist Jonas Bugailiškis.
CONCERT BY FESTIVAL GUESTS
Thursday, 15.00 Festival guests will
WORKSHOP ON ENGLISH DANCES AND PLAYING MUSIC
Thursday, 16.00 This year folklore lovers will be invited to learn English
dances and tunes. Dancers and musicians will be taught by professor Roger
Watson, an outstanding theoretician and practitioner of folklore of
PERFORMANCES BY FESTIVAL
GUESTS AT CAFES, BARS AND RESTAURANTS OF
September 11, Thursday 19.00 It is a traditional „Griežynė“ event, a great chance to meet festival guests. Alban Faust (Sweden) and Roger Watson ( England) in Užupio kavinė (2 Užupio St), “Gulyajgorod”group (Ukraine) in “Pilies menė”café (8 Pilies St), “Ambra” group (Latvia) in Marceliukės klėtis (35 Tuskulėnu St).
Thursday, 21.00 Another kind of disco, a recent one in Lithuania, with
different genres of music inspired by traditional folklore, various mixes, world music, ethno rock, ethno jazz, etc. This rhythmic
music is good for dancing, listening or as a background while having a glass of
beer, etc. The folkoteque welcomes everybody willing to have a great time amid
the sounds of exotic music. Ruben Pellon (
WORKSHOP ON PLAYING MUSIC BY ALBAN FAUST
September 12, Friday,
13.00 This course will be given by one of the most famous bagpipe player
and maker in
September 12, Friday 15.00 At this traditional event “Griežynė” guests will present their instruments. Information on the production of instruments and the traditions of music performance will be given. The technique of performance and the traditional repertoire will be demonstrated. Gaila Kirdienė will be the hostess of the workshop.
September 12, Friday 18.00 This is the main event of the festival where its participants and guests demonstrate best pieces of their repertoire. The audience has an opportunity to see all musicians in corpore and have some lovely surprises. This year you will hear a great number of Lithuanian instrumentalists.
September 13, Saturday, 11.00 This traditional “Griežynė” event includes ethnographic documentaries on customs and traditions, production of musical instruments, music players and dances. This year the event has changed: the audience will see Lithuanian films only. Arvydas Barisas’ film “From a Song on Homemade Weaving” will have the first viewing. Three films on “Griežynė“ festival will be presented: “ Echo of Griežynė”, “Griežynė Merrymaking” and “Griežynė 2002“.
CONCERT “KANKLĖS AND BIRBYNĖS PLAY JAZZ”
Saturday, 16.00 The kanklės is an old string folk instrument of
CONCERT BY FESTIVAL GUESTS
September 13, Saturday, 18.00
FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS VISIT IGNALINA REGION, GRIEŽYNĖ CLOSING CONCERT
September 14, Sunday. It has become a nice tradition of “taking the festival to people’s homes”. In the country there are folk music lovers, whose music and songs will be performed for the guests of the festival who will get a glimpse of the mode of life of Lithuanian countryside and in the evening in the yard of Ignalina Culture Centre in the closing concert will demonstrate their art to local people.