September 5 - 9, 2018


Performers   Events   Photos   Recordings



Jānis Gipters, Nikolajs Zaharovs, Iveta Dukalska - Latvia

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Jānis Gipters –lives in Daugavpils district, Vabole parish. He learned to play when he was seven years old from his father. He likes playing waltzes, polkas, foxtrots. He plays with other musicians from Vabole parish, participates in festivals, concerts, etc.

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Nikolajs Zaharovs – lives in Riga, plays accordion since he was 14, learned from his father who was a folk musician from Latgale. Mostly he enjoys playing folk songs and dances, although sometimes he also plays newer music too. Nowadays he usually plays either alone or with the band in the dance parties.

Iveta Dukalska – professional ethnomusicologist, well-known for the traditional Latvian music and perfectly playing the drum. The folklorist says that the greatest value of such festivals is to show the audience the musicians who are still playing according to the old folk manner. Iveta not only performs well with various folk musicians, but also organizes festivals similar to Griežynė in Latvia.

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Calum Brown (bagpipe) - Scotland

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One of the best young Scottish bagpipers, a participant and winner of many competinions and championships of this instrument, a member of the National Youth Bagpipers orchestra.


This musician is being helped brought to us by UAB ROLMA



Folk band „Kolisniya“ - Belarus

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Denis Suchibagpipe, violin.

Stanislav Chavusbagpipe, violin.

Sergey Subotubagpipe, cymbals.

„Kolisnija“ has been playing together for over ten years, playing in a traditional manner, avoiding copying authentic recorded music pieces. They say: „We do not try to get into the heads of people that lived before us, return the past days or to create a romantic picture of the past. We believe that our music can be relevant and desired today as we try to make a traditional sound accessible to the modern world.

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Li Zhang (guzheng)and Yijing Wu(guzheng)China (PRC)

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Li Zhang – instrument guzheng.

Henan Province, Guzheng Music Association Committee and Chinese Musicians Association member. Winner of the First Prize of Chinese Youth Culture and Arts festival in 2015.

Instrument guzheng, also called Chinese zither, with 2500-year history, would most likely remind us of kannel. It has a huge resonance box and usually twenty one string.

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Yijing Wu– instrument guzheng.

A young musician who in 2010 got a Guzheng Grade 10 Certificate. In 2008 she won the third (bronze) prize at the Chinese Culture Festival, as a soloist in a children`s band, also in 2012 silver prize in the category of youth and „Jingle Cup“ at 2015.


Musicians are presented by Confucius Institute at Vilnius University



Tuule Kann (kannel) and Helin Pihlap (fiddle) - Estonia

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Helin Pihlap is a young violinist who is currently studying classical music at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater but who has always had a deep love for traditional music as well. In addition to the violin she also plays the kannel and for the last two years she has been taught by Tuule Kann. Coming from Tartu, Helin is particularly interested in researching and introducing the folklore of Southern Estonia.

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Tuule Kann (1964), musician, kannel teacher.
She studied the chromatic kannel in Tallinn Georg Ots Music College (teacher Els Roode), later in Lithuanian Music Academy (teacher Regina Tamošaitienė). Tuule has step-by-step self-educated herself in traditional kannel playing taking the other Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Russian kannel-players as example.

In her performance Tuule will introduce the Estonian kannel and its different playing styles on an archaic 10-string instrument and a diatonic village kannel.




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CRETAN BRIOCHE is a London-based Cretan folk music ensemble/collective. The band often collaborate with other friends and musicians to jam/perform/record together, forming a wider “Brioche circle” of Greek/Cretan music enthusiasts.
Their repertoire combines pieces composed in the mist of ancient times with modern compositions of the Cretan idiom. Their music is engaged in a dialogue between the past and the present, where fast and passionate dances succeed nostalgic and narrative songs that embrace all aspects of everyday life – from the joy of birth to mourning and loss of loved ones.

“Cretan music is like a tree. We are the branches and the leaves. We get to be blown back and forth by the wind of our times, but we always stay connected with the root. Because, without it, there are neither branches, nor leaves”.
-Giorgis Xylouris (Psarogiorgis)

Vassilis Chatzimakris: Cretan Lyra, Vocals, Miltos Boumis: Cretan Lute, Vocals, Simon Mercouris: Cretan Lute, Vocals, Christina Baltatzi: Percussion, Vocals


This band is being helped brought to us by Greek Society of Lithuania "Patrida".


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Band Wojciechowska - Poland

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Band was first formed in 1926. Later it was called “Wojciechowska“ as from the very beginning the band had musicians from the district of Wojciechow playing there. Of course, there were many more bands in that district, and the musicians were playing in many of them because the repertoire was very close. The instrumental composition of this area`s bands was usually as follows: violin, clarinet, trumpet, three-way accordion, trombone, tenor, saxophones, accordeon, drum with a plate.

In the repertoire of the band there are instrumental and vocal/instrumental compositions: regional – podróżniaki, obereks, polkas; other regions – kujawiak, mazurkas, marches and melodies; later – waltzes, foxtrots, tango.

The stylistically extensive repertoire of the band, as well as high-level musicians, have established a strong status in the local comunity. In the socialism period they were playing during state and folk festivals, agitational events, contests and elsewhere, where it was ordered.

Current band members are: Leszek Mirosławclarinet (C), Andrzej Kędzierskitrumpet, Leszek Iwaniakthree-way accordion, Stanisław Mirosławdrum.

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Dovydas (David) Pivoriunas - USA

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D.Pivoriūnas Washington DC, USA, a traditional violinist of Lithuanian origin. Together with his wife, Violeta, founded the joint Baltic US group led by both of them. Most of all he likes the music of Eastern Lithuania, Tverečius region, from which his grandparents came from. They are also playing Latvian, Estonian, and US traditional music: old-time, bluegrass and others.



Traditional band „Duja“ - Lithuania

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Band „Duja“ was founded in the summer of 1992. „Duja“ repertoire consists of traditional instrumental music from Aukštaitija, Žemaitija, Suvalkija and Dzūkija regions. The band actively participates in folk festivals, events, radio and TV shows, festivals in Lithuania and abroad. They have performed in Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Belgium, Greece, France, Russia, Finland, Turkey, Germany, Malta, Italy.

In 2005 the band was awarded with the „Golden bird“ for fostering traditional music.

Alfredas Mickus (violin), Ramūnas Čičinskas (basetle), Vaidas Mikutavičius (lamzdelis, percussion) and Arūnas Lunys (bandoneon) play in the band all the time.

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Programme of the festival “Griežynė“, 2018

 Exposition of photographs by Daiva Klovienė „Griežynė – veidai, susitikimai“

September 5th, Wednesday, Vilnius

5.30 P.M. Opening of exposition of photographs by Daiva Klovienė „Griežynė – veidai, susitikimai“ at Vilnius teachers` house salon (Vilnius str. 39)

Music photographer Daiva Klovienė is with „Griežynė“ since 2010. In this festival her works will be available to see in the exposition for the first time. You will be able to see the faces of well-known musicians, instruments and highlights of the previous festivals.

6.00 P.M. Solo performance of Algirdas Klova „Versmės tėkmė“ at Vilnius teachers` house salon (Vilnius str. 39)

This ethnocultural music program, created and performed by Algirdas Klova, is based on authentic Lithuanian folk melodies, combined with elements of improvisation of folk, post-folk and other styles. Some of the melodies sound in the authentic form (as written from the artist), others are more elaborate. Various music instruments mastered by A.Klova give an exceptional flavor to folk melodies while preserving the authenticity brought from the folklore. The idea came from the fact that sometimes it is not enough for a professional musician to play a few tricks of folk tune. You want give it a chance to develop further without losing its authentic beauty. Therefore, the spring (versmė) is the folk music, and the flow (tėkmė) is the work of composer and artist.

September 6th, Thursday, Vilnius

3.00 P.M. Afternoon with folk artist Jonas Bugailiškis (Aušros Vartų str. 17-10)

The instruments made by the inventive wood carver, sculptor, and artist of folk instruments Jonas Bugailiškis are played with not only by the musicians in Lithuania but also by the ensembles and musicians from abroad. It is not the first time we will visit the workshop of folk artist Jonas Bugailiškis. It is a cozy place in Vilnius old town which is always nice to visit, and listen to a smooth speech of the artist, to admire his works. The festival guests will have a unique opportunity to see the birth of musical instruments in the hands of a skillful craftsman.

6.00 P.M.  Concert of St. Petersburg harmonica players at Vilnius teachers` house salon (Vilnius str. 39)

St.Petersburg`s harmonica is an instrument that emerged quite late in the Lithuanian folk music. At the beginning of last century this instrument was one of most popular instruments in North and South Lithuania that fascinated the musicians with its ornate appearance and unique sound. In general, harmonica is an international instrument, although Lithuanians also made them themselves. Even though nowadays there are not so many craftsmen who make these harmonicas (unofficially known as “peterburgska”), but the number of the musicians playing them is increasing.

8.00 P.M. Performances of festival guests in pubs and restaurants.

It is a great opportunity to talk to the festival guests eye to eye, listen to the folk music and have dinner in a nice environment:

Beer bar „Šnekutis“ (St.Steponas str. 8) - Poland;

Užupis cafe (Užupio str. 2) - China, Azerbaijan, USA;

Restaurant “Bernelių Užeiga” (Gediminas av. 19) - Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania;

“Burbulis Winery” (Rūdininkai str. 18) - Greece;

Restaurant “Restoranas” (Pylimo str. 23) - Scotland, Belarus.

September 7th, Friday, Vilnius

3.00 P.M.  Folk workshop in Vilnius teachers` house salon (Vilnius str. 39)

In this traditional event of “Griežynė“ guests will present their instruments, tell about the production, musical traditions, demonstrate the manner of performing traditional repertoire with their instruments. Workshop hostess – ethnomusicologist Dr. Gaila Kirdienė.

6.00 P.M.  The grand concert in Vilnius Teachers House Great Hall (Vilnius str. 39)

The main event of this festival where the guests and participants demonstrate their most beautiful and valuable works of their repertoire. It is a great opportunity to see all the festival musicians together. Moreover, the main concert always has pleasant surprises.

September 8th , Saturday. Festival guests` trip to Kernavė and Širvintos (Širvintos district)

2.00 P.M.  Concert in Širvintos cultural centre, Kernavė branch (Kerniaus str. 6, Kernavė)

5.00 P.M.  Concert in Širvintos cultural centre (I.Šeinio str. 4, Širvintos)

It became a beautiful tradition to bring the festival in to different places in Lithuania. The villages still have the enthusiasts of folk music who will perform to the festival guests. While the guests will learn about the everyday life and music of rural people, taste the delicious Lithuanian dishes, and will demonstrate their art.

September 9th, Sunday. Festival guests` trip to Kaunas district.

2.00 P.M. Afternoon at Laima and Stasys Sadauskai (Jurbarko str.351, Antalkiai village, Kaunas distr.)

5.00 P.M. Final festival concert at Antanas and Jonas Juškos ethno-culture museum (Kauno mažoji str. 2, Vilkija, Kaunas distr.)



         Author Daiva Klovienė




DUJA - Lithuania

DUJA - Lithuania
DUJA - Lithuania
Tuulle Kann - Estonia
Helin Pihlap - Estonia
Tuulle Kann and Helin Pihlap - Estonia
Tomas Byčkovas - Lithuania
Tomas Byčkovas - Lithuania
Mario di Pasquale, Ieva Kirilauskaitė - Italy, Lithuania
Dzyanis Sukhi - Belorus
Dzyanis Sukhi - Belorus
Stunžėnų šeimos kapela - Lithuania
Calum Brown - Scotland
Calum Brown - Scotland
Nikolajs Zacharovs, Iveta Dukalska - Latvia
Janis Gipters, Iveta Dukalska - Latvia
Janis Gipters, Nikolajs Zacharovs, Iveta Dukalska - Latvia
Dovydas (David) Pivoriunas - USA
Dovydas (David) Pivoriunas - USA
Dovydas (David) Pivoriunas - USA
Yijing Wu - China
Li Zhang - China
Li Zhang, Yijing Wu - China
Sviatoslav Sylenko - Ukraine
Sviatoslav Sylenko - Ukraine