this year, in festival performs:
EMIGRANTES – Italy
The group is born in Lodi, a small
city near Milan, in 2009 from
the meeting of three young people with a common passion for the folk
music of South Italy and for the musical traditions
of all the world.
promote popular traditions, enriching them with
elements and original arrangements.
The repertoire includes folk songs from Sicilia, Puglia, Campania,
Calabria and folk dances like tarantella, pizzica, tammurriata. The
Domo Emigrantes have performed several concerts and taken part in
various cultural happenings.Thanks to
emotional impact of their
involves the audience and
the folk music lovers,
performances always gain great success.
„Opplett” is a folk music group from the city of Bergen in Norway.
The group members are Maria Skjeldrum Toppe, Silja Solvang and Ingeborg
Hollekim Bringslid. They all
Hardanger fiddle, known as
instrument of Norway. The music
is based on traditional tunes,
often with their
| LILY NEILL – USA
has performed around the world in cities as diverse as Dublin,
Helsinki, Kazan, London, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Saint
Petersburg, Vilnius and Washington, D.C. She has had the honour of
performing for the former U.S. President Bill Clinton and for Ireland’s
President Mary McAleese. Lily’s repertoire is a combination of original
compositions and music from folk traditions and her appearances, from
performances in concert halls and arts centres to shows at clubs and
festivals, have allowed her to bring the harp to new audiences. In
addition to her solo work, Lily has performed and recorded with rock,
pop and folk groups including the Irish super group “The Chieftains”
alongside the legendary Derek Bell.
Critics have praised Lily’s superb technique as well as her musical
versatility and the uniqueness of her musical style. Celtic Beat has
written of Lily, “If ever a harper made a harp dance it is Lily Neill”
and Irish Music Magazine called her work “...part of the new Harp
revolution extolling aspects of harp music never previously heard”.
Lily’s original compositions reflect her travels around the world. Her
knowledge of the music of Ireland, the Nordic countries and beyond has
helped to shape her universal sound.
Lily has released two solo CDs, “Without Words” and “The Habit of
a Foreign Sky” to strong acclaim. In a review of “The Habit of a
Foreign Sky”, the Irish American News calls Lily one of the top harpers
today and Irish Music Magazine writes, “The Habit of a Foreign Sky
lives and breathes with a musical and artistic freedom which is
boundless in its possibility and contagious in its energy and passion”.
DUO PAGANUM – Hungary
Balázs Istvánfi – bagpipe
András Németh – hurdy-gurdy
Duo was founded two
The audience could hear
authentic traditional folk music,
pieces of historical music and Balázs Istvánfi's compositions at their
Balázs Istvánfi was born is Budapest. He has got his first degree as an
engineer of architecture. He has been playing folk music since he was a
child, and he has played bagpipe-music for 20 years. In the last three
years his studying at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music - Folk Music
Department. He has played on several CD-s in the last years, and he has
recorded three solo albums. He is also one of the very
artists who can make bagpipes.
exhibition of the instruments, his
have been winners several times.
András Németh was born
He was introduces to
hurdy-hurdy as a child,
the highschool he started to
biology at the university.
learns at the hungarian
Academy of Music, and he will have the first master degree of music in
the world as a hurdy-gurdy player. He is one of the most skilled
musicians and a great innovator of the hungarian hurdy-gurdy playing.
In 2007 he was given the state honour: Young Master of Folk
ABRA – Latvia
Craftsmen of Latvian traditional folk instruments Eduards Klints
and his sun Audars explore archaic heritage and restore the forgotten
old folk instruments: stump drums, bagpipes, goat horns, single-drone
bagpipes, musical bows, fiddles and other. In order to revive the sound
of the mentioned instruments Eduards Klints founded a folk group
The repertoire of the group includes instrumental music of Latgala
region and some compositions of their own. The group gives successful
performances in Latvia and worldwide. The group participated
Grieþynë - 2008.
LIUTASH – Belarus
The group was founded in 2010 by Ekaterina Radivilova who aimed at
reviving the interest in the old Belarusian music
and propagating various folk instruments:
horns, zither and gudok (an
instrument). “Liutash“ is the name of a village in Belarus.
Ekaterina Radivilova graduated from M. Glinka Minsk State School of
Music and Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts. At the
moment she teaches at Valozhyn Children Art School. Previously she
played in the band “Stary Olsa“. She has played the bagpipe, horns and
zither since 2002.
Ivan Shablinskij is a self-taught musician, who has learnt to play
the bagpipe on his own.
In the festival the musicians are going to play the music of Minsk
SALAKO MUZIKANTAI - Lithuania
The folk band was founded in 2000 and short after
was appreciated not only
region but also throughout
band is active in
activities. It takes
over and demonstrates the instrumental music traditions of
Zarasai region in many national and international culture events. In
2008 the band “Salako muzikantai” was given the highest award
amateur art “The Golden Fowl” for the nurturance and active
spread of instrumental folk music traditions.