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. They decided promote popular traditions, enriching them with ethnic 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 the emotional impact of their music, which involves the audience and charms the folk music lovers, Domo Emigrantes performances always gain great success.
OPPLETT – Norway
„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 play the Hardanger fiddle, known as the national instrument of Norway. The music they play is based on traditional tunes, often with their own arrangements.
LILY NEILL – USA
Lily Neill 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 years ago. The audience could hear the real authentic traditional folk music, arrangements of pieces of historical music and Balázs Istvánfi's compositions at their concerts. 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 few artists who can make bagpipes. In the exhibition of the instruments, his bagpipes have been winners several times. András Németh was born in Budapest. He was introduces to the hurdy-hurdy as a child, but after the highschool he started to learn biology at the university. Now he learns at the hungarian Liszt Ferenc 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 Arts.
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 “Abra”in 2005. 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 in Griežynė - 2008.
LIUTASH – Belarus
The group was founded in 2010 by Ekaterina Radivilova who aimed at reviving the interest in the old Belarusian music tradition and propagating various folk instruments: bagpipe, horns, zither and gudok (an old string 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 region.
SALAKO MUZIKANTAI - Lithuania
The folk band was founded in 2000 and short after it was appreciated not only in Zarasai region but also throughout Lithuania. The band is active in concert 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 of amateur art “The Golden Fowl” for the nurturance and active spread of instrumental folk music traditions.
Events of festival:
September 5, Wednesday, Vilnius, 17.00. The opening of Panevėžys Local Lore Museum archive photo exhibition “A Musician Among People” and a concert in The Lithuanian Theatre, Music and Cinema Museum (Vilniaus str. 41). The exhibition presents photos from Panevėžys Local Lore Museum archive photo collection. The photos illustrate the relationship between the interwar period people and music as well as music instruments. The majority of photos were taken by the photographer Vincas Ferinauskas (1892–1975) from Miežiškis and reflect the entertainment and fest traditions of villagers.
September 5, Wednesday, Vilnius, 18.00. A world music project by Saulius Petreikis and Algirdas Klova in The Parlour of Vilnius Teachers‘ House (Vilniaus str. 39). The first concert of “Griežynė” is traditionally devoted to world music. Lithuanian and Irish folk music as well as that of other nations will merge into the contemporary genres and will develop into new and unique sounds.
September 5, Wednesday, Vilnius, 19.00. A concert by the band “Domo Emigrantes“ (Italy) in The Parlour of Vilnius Teachers‘ House (Vilniaus str. 39). The musicians will perform folk music and dances from Sicily, Puglia, Campania, Calabria and other regions of Italy.
September 6, Thursday, Vilnius, 15.00. Visiting folk artist Jonas Bugailiškis (Aušros Vartų str. 17-10). Festival guests and folklore enthusiasts from Lithuania will have a unique chance to see the birth of musical instruments in the skilful hands of folk artist, craftsman and wood sculptor Jonas Bugailiškis in his workshop. A great number of Lithuanian and foreign folk bands as well as single musicians play instruments (kankles (zither), horns, drums and other) made by the craftsman.
September 6, Thursday, Vilnius, 18.00. A concert of Lithuanian traditional music in The Parlour of Vilnius Teachers‘ House (Vilniaus str. 39). The youngest and the most proficient musicians will play various melodies using different folk instruments.
September 6, Thursday, Vilnius, 20.00. Performances by festival guests in cafes and bars of Vilnius: “Visų Šventųjų baras“ (“All Saints’ Bar“, Visų Šventųjų str. 7) - the band “Domo Emigrantes“ (Italy), “Užupio kavinė” (“Užupis Cafe”, Užupio str. 2) – the bands “Duo Paganum“ (Hungary), “Abra“ (Latvia), the restaurant “Marceliukės klėtis“ (“Marceliukė’s Barn”, Tuskulėnų str. 35) – the group “Liutash“ (Belarus), „Opplett“ (Norway). This is a great chance to communicate with the festival guests.
September 7, Friday, Vilnius, 15.00. A folklore workshop in The Parlour of Vilnius Teachers‘ House (Vilniaus str. 39). The traditional event of “Griežynė” festival invites to get closely acquainted with the instruments of festival guests who will tell about the production of the instruments and demonstrate the folk music making traditions, instrument playing manners and traditional repertoire of their nations. The workshop will be hosted by ethno musician dr. Gaila Kirdienė.
September 7, Friday, Vilnius, 18.00. GRIEŽYNĖ 2012 GALA CONCERT in The Grand Hall of Vilnius Teachers’ House (Vilniaus str. 39). This is the main event of the festival where local musicians and the festival guests demonstrate the most beautiful and valuable pieces from their repertoires. It is a great chance to see and hear all the musicians of the festival on the stage. Moreover, the Gala Concert often presents some pleasant surprise.
September 8–9, Saturday, Sunday. A trip of the participants of the festival to Kaunas region. It has become a nice tradition to bring the festival of “Griežynė” to villagers of Lithuania. In villages there are many enlightened people, enthusiasts of folk music who will perform their songs and dances to the festival guests. The festival guests will get acquainted with the daily life and music of the local villagers and will demonstrate the music of their nations later in the evening.
Saturday, 17.00. A concert by foreign and Lithuanian bands and musicians in Antanas and Jonas Juškos Ethnic Culture Museum (Kauno mažoji str. 2, Vilkija, Kaunas region). 21.00 A party of the participants of the festival in Roma and Eimantas Zalensai Farmstead (Padubysys village, Vilkija rural district, Kaunas region). Sunday, 15.00. “Griežynė” closing concert in Laima and Stasys Sadauskiai Farmstead (Antalkiai village, Vilkija rural district, Kaunas region).
Albinas BATAVIČIUS ir Ipolitas PETROŠIUS - Lithuania
Albinas BATAVIČIUS ir Ipolitas PETROŠIUS - Lithuania