Jauna Muzika 2020
September 3‒6, 2020
Arts Printing House, Vilnius
Jauna Muzika Festival presents artists working with sound and music as a form of experimental art. It is one of the oldest and most changed music festivals in Lithuania, founded in 1992. As the concept of music changed, maintaining its relevance so did the festival itself, its directions, and sometimes its names.
Jauna Muzika 2020 festival’s special edition titled “Collectibles#1” presents a collection of mainly Lithuanian specially commissioned and older music within the genres of New Music, sound art, video art, electro-acoustic and electronic music. The festival will take place in Art’s Printing House on September 3‒6, 2020.
Arturas Bumšteinas, programme curator
FESTIVAL TICKETS: TIKETA.LT
VYTAUTAS V. JURGUTIS (LT)
Ellipses for string quartet (2003)
Referring to an ellipse as a mathematical or geometrical term, the title denotes a certain trajectory, which is consistently reflected in the work’s macro- and microstructures, thereby affecting most of its musical parameters. It also alludes to yet another, linguistic, term of an ellipsis – a rhetorical omission of words that are nevertheless easily understood in the context of remaining elements.
Speaking of the form, the shape of circle also comes to mind, as a symbol of perfect symmetry that came to be somewhat overused and aesthetically hackneyed.
On second thought, the last two sentences have nothing to do with music.
The piece was commissioned by the Gaida Festival and dedicated to its first performers, the Arditti Quartet.
Vytautas V. Jurgutis
Vytautas V. Jurgutis (b. 1976) is best known as a composer of electronic music. At the start of his career, he was keen on using the elements of contemporary pop culture and giving them a new twist of meaning in his work. Later on he focused his attention more on the nature, production and refinement of sound, using advanced sound programming techniques. With his sophisticated, abstract electronic compositions, Jurgutis has secured his place at the forefront of the Lithuanian electronic music scene. In an attempt to expand the scope and strengthen the effect of musical expression, he also creates visuals for his compositions by programming real-time computer graphics. A distinctive coalescence of the features inherent in acoustic and electronic music can be also noticed in a number of his chamber and orchestral works.
The Chordos Quartet was formed in 1997. During its existence the quartet has demonstrated an enduring commitment to promoting the latest in Lithuanian music abroad and bringing the most recent as well as greatest pieces of contemporary repertoire to wide audiences in Lithuania. They were in fact the first in Lithuania to perform quartet pieces by many world-renowned contemporary composers, such as M.Feldman, G.Ligeti, G.Crumb, T.Riley, S.Reich, G.Bryars, etc.. Apart from contemporary works, which normally forms the centrepiece of the quartet’s concert programmes, its extensive repertoire encompasses a rich variety of different styles, epochs and genres. Chordos is often found participating in unconventional and innovative projects, which include collaborations with choirs, such as “Jauna muzika” and “Brevis”, and Lithuanian rock and jazz stars such as Andrius Mamontovas, Liudas Mockūnas, Baltic Jazz Trio. The quartet has been regularly performing with many prominent Lithuanian classical musicians, including David Geringas (cello), Liudas Mockūnas (saxophone), and Raimondas Sviackevičius (accordion). Its recent recording credits also include incidental music for films and theatre.
LAURA STASIULYTĖ (LT)
Intention to Remember is one of Laura Stasiulytė’s performative video artworks, in which the artist tries to retrieve her memory of the songs and sings them here and now, sitting in the kitchen, without any preliminary rehearsals or scripts, but with all lost words, stanzas, and abundant pauses – her attempts to remember. The duration of silent episodes depends on the artist’s memory, while the duration of the whole video coincides with the duration of the VHS tape. The artist recollects and sings all the songs she has (not) sung in her life – from the ones she was taught at school to the repertoire of family celebrations.
Laura Stasiulytė (b. 1977) currently lives and works in Vilnius. She teaches at the Photography and Media Art Department of the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Among the key themes, which became apparent already in her early works, are the nature, development and implementation of ethnic identity through education and the media; the influence of widespread dichotomies, such as us/them and local/foreign, on interpersonal relationships; and the individual’s place in different language, mentality, or ideological systems. The artist combines diverse media in her works including video documentaries, slide projections, photography, sound recordings, texts and drawings.
EYE GYMNASTICS (LT)
Eye Gymnastics is a stage name of Viktorija Damerell and Gailė Griciūtė. The artists collaborate in creating experimental music performances, which often feature verbal instructions used in eye gymnastics and mindfulness meditation, as well as verbal healing charms. In their vocal explorations, sensual timbres merge with mental voyages, hypnosis and the echoes of pop music.
At the Jauna Muzika festival the Eye Gymnastics duo presents a live vocal performance developed in a dialogue with Refusenik’s sound material. During the show, texts that have been originally inspired by eye exercises transform into imagination workout, in which gradually evolving melodic interludes get combined with the spoken songs.
CLOCKWORK GIUSEPPE (LT)
Clockwork Giuseppe (aka Ignas Juzokas) is a Lithuanian sound designer, techno producer and theatre composer. At the festival he will improvise on modular synthesizer.
SHOLTO DOBIE (UK)
Sholto Dobie was born in Edinburgh and lives in Vilnius. He works with sound, music and performances as well as organising events and exhibitions. Recent audio works include Preambula, Amplify Festival: quarantine (2020) and House Flood, WEST, Den Haag (2020), and performances at Counterflows Festival, Glasgow (2019) and Hoolie-gool-ooo-ooo, Scottish Sculpture Workshop (2018). He has released music on Penultimate Press and OtoRoku.
In Jauna Muzika Sholto will perform an improvisation using a self-built pipe organ made during the quarantine period.
RŪTA VITKAUSKAITĖ (LT)
Sravati is a Sanskrit word that is related to Lithuanian verb ‘srovena,’ which means ‘it is flowing / running.’ The structure of this piece is a flow – from one section to another, interchanging between small and narrow, wide and powerful currents. Those currents are of mind, or sound and air (and there is a lot of air that moves along the pipes in traditional organ), as well as electric currents (because in this concert we are listening to an electric organ), and light currents, and finally, subtle currents that we cannot see or hear. The piece was composed in 2020 as a festival commission.
Rūta Vitkauskaitė’s (b. 1984) musical interests are widely varied: while working in the field of classical composition, she has also dedicated much of her time to research into collaborative music creation and music personalisation. Rūta has recently obtained PhD in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she focused on audience engagement and collective music creation. Her collaborative electro-acoustic opera for blind-folded audience, Confessions, created by the Spatial Opera Company, has won Golden Stage Cross in Lithuania a few years ago, and since then has toured across Lithuania, Sweden and the EU. Her Walking Opera (co-created with the local communities and presented as a sound-walk around local areas) has been premiered in Aarhus Capital of Culture 2017, and re-created in Notting Hill, London.
Dainius Sverdiolas (b. 1956) was educated as choral conductor and organist at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre where he studied with Prof. Hermanas Perelšteinas and Prof. Leopoldas Digrys. He later honed his organ techniques at master classes in Weimar (Germany) and Haarlem (the Netherlands). Since 1981, he has taught choral conducting at the Vilnius Conservatory where he has been subsequently appointed Head of Organ Class from 1992 to 2005. In 1997, he founded Organum, a musical instruments retail company, which is the authorized representative for Steinway & Sons, Yamaha, and Bösendorfer pianos in Lithuania.
JONAS JURKŪNAS (LT)
Collection #2 (2020) is an acousmatic composition for which sounds were sourced from the composer’s collection of synthesizers. All the synthesizers, heard in this piece, were made in the post-Soviet Eastern Bloc.
Jonas Jurkūnas (b. 1978) is a composer keen on discovering and exploiting very different layers of musical creativity, from academic to pop and incidental music. Genre-wise, his creative portfolio includes chamber and orchestral pieces as well as electronic music, multimedia and interdisciplinary projects. Stylistically, his music finds itself in the neighbourhood with minimalism and new tonality. Very often he uses simple sound patterns, pulsating with rhythms, as his creative start-up while searching for the new or already forgotten timbres and expressions. These are the minimalist strategies, which the composer weaves into his music together with experimental or club-style electronics, ambient stylistics, as well as elements of jazz, pop, or even romantic music.
JOKŪBAS ČIŽIKAS (LT)
“Pareidolic Bodies” (2020) is an art research project touching on the issues of electromagnetic pollution, radiation, sonic weapons, and sound healing. In his work, the composer employs mind-altering structures of sound frequencies, various scientific and technological methods borrowed from research on the magnetic fields emanating from organs of the human body, such as the heart and brain, and the impact of external fields, such as electromagnetic radiation of new communication technologies and noise pollution in urban areas, on the human body. This work is performed on Kala Sound System – a do-it-yourself analog sound system developed in Vilnius.
Jokūbas Čižikas (b. 1988) is an artist, living and working in Vilnius and Athens. His art practice encompasses installation and performance art, sculptural prototypes and audio-visual compositions, in which he explores the super-sensory phenomena, the interaction between nature and technology, and socio-political structures.
Since 2009, the Kala Sound System has been a ‘DIY’ affair devoted to the development of an analog sound system to play dub, drone, dancehall music, and sometimes to be used within the context of audio-visual art.
RYTIS MAŽULIS (LT)
Canons for female voices by Lithuanian composer Rytis Mažulis will be performed by New Music vocal ensemble Melos.
The girls‘ vocal ensemble Melos was formed in 2014 and performs contemporary music often collaborating with artists from various fields and initiating unconventional creative projects. The ensemble has collaborated with choreographer Giedre Jankauskienė, theater director Saulė Degutytė, saxophonists-improvisers Katarsis4, Simonas Šipavičius, composers Rytis Mažulis, Nathan James Dearden, Monika Szpyrka, Rita Mačiliūnaitė, Dominykas Digimas and many others. In 2020, Melos released the album Minimal Voices.
Performers: Gabrielė Bilevičiūtė, Karolina Šaltmirytė, Karolina Macytė, Gabija Adamonytė.
EDGARS RUBENIS (LV) & LAIVO TROUPE (LT)
Edgars Rubenis’ composition “Durations of Objects” (2020) prescribes an investigative setting for exploration of possible links between the worlds of everyday and music. Guided by unconditional curiosity, the piece develops both nature and duration of its sound materials in close dialogue with everyday objects. Arising from a series of experimental study-pieces for solo performer, the ensemble version to be performed at Jauna Muzika is developed by Rubenis in collaboration with the Laivo Troupe.
Edgars Rubenis (b. 1983) is a Latvian guitar player and composer, who currently lives and works in the Netherlands. Having gone through an extensive practice in experimental guitar music, he now writes for acoustic and electronic instruments, guided by an interest in relationships between diverse structural components of musical acts, such as the composed sound, listening, the surrounding environment, and temporal progression.
Laivo Troupe is a free improvised music ensemble, consisting of musicians from different musical backgrounds, including jazz, classical, contemporary, or funk music, whose individuality lends a unique quality to the sound of the whole ensemble. Ensemble’s main musical approach is free improvisation, although it has wide range of different repertoire including original compositions, arrangements, graphic scores, improvised funk music, pure drone and much more. By exploring and experimenting with diverse worlds of music and going extreme on odd rhythms, atonal harmonies, timbres and extended techniques, ensemble creates an expressive and unconventional form of musical performance, always challenging themselves and their listeners’ ear.
JŪRA ELENA ŠEDYTĖ (LT)
“Ready When You Are” (2020). “Our every conscious action or experience is based on movement,” claims Jūra Elena Šedytė. “Intentional action is also necessary for the production and propagation of sound, for which we use our bodies.” In her solo performance, which combines music, movement and visuals, Šedytė explores human body – primarily, her own body – as a sounding and moving object. She is also interested in how such an object is perceived by the viewer. By applying methods derived from phenomenology, she tries to articulate her self-perception and search for the features of intentionality in humans.
Jūra Elena Šedytė is a composer, singer and improviser whose work has been recently showcased on the music scenes in Lithuania and Denmark. Her live performances feature her as a singer and electronica artist, exploring various psychological and social issues through diverse media including video art, movement and theatre. Over the past few years she has appeared solo and in various collaborative projects in Vilnius and Copenhagen. She has returned several times to the Jauna Muzika and Druskomanija festivals in Lithuania. In 2019, she was part of the group involved in the production of the sound experience Glaistas (Plaster), recorded on site of the Jewish ghetto in Vilnius and presented by the Operomanija.
ALANAS GURINAS (LT)
In his electroacoustic work, Alanas Gurinas uses various ready-made objects in combination with DIY instruments and manipulates the sound material arising from this junction. At Jauna Muzika he will perform live on his DIY instrument ‘Concordesonic’, which is an electronically prepared bicycle.
I have been active in the field of sound art and field recordings for more than fifteen years but it was not until 1994 that I became involved with more ‘conventional’ music. Among the groups, with which I played at that time, there was a free-form performance collective called SALA, with which we have made a series of rowdy, provocative appearances at all major contemporary music festivals in Lithuania including Sumirimas, Didelis pasaulis, Mėnuo Juodaragis, Tundra, and Supynės. With SALA we have released more than fifteen official and unofficial albums and appeared in many concerts. Starting from the year 2000, our work naturally transformed into a different kind of collaboration. We continue to appear as a trio in live performances, while I alone produce recordings. My personal interest lies more in very silent sounds, almost inaudible without the special equipment. Meanwhile in concerts, to achieve greater effect, we use guitars, analog synthesizers and DIY instruments. In addition to collecting natural and environmental sounds and creating sound maps, I also lead guided ‘audio tours,’ sound workshops and talks on acoustic ecology. In my own work I focus mostly on sounds that are not normally audible to the human ear, unless it is aided with technology, such as underwater mics, contact mics, seismic activity sensors, and electromagnetic field antennas – anything what can help discover the inaudible world around us.
VILNIAUS ENERGIJA (LT)
Vilniaus energija is a duo of avant-garde rap and interactive poetry performer Žygimantas Kudirka-Mesijus and experimental jazz and electronic music creator Adas Gecevičius. The visual part is taken care of by visual artist Asta Ostrovskaya.
Taking advantage of legal loopholes, this group of creators has officially registered the name of the famous Lithuanian energy corporation and now uses it for its creative purposes.
For the third year in a row, Vilniaus Energija has been actively performing in clubs, festivals and unexpected spaces also appearing in artistic contexts: they have created the sound of a painting at the National Art Gallery, a soundtrack for Robertas Narkus and Jokūbas Čižikas film „Lenktynės“, performed at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, and the Rich Mix Center in London.
During Jauna Muzika Festival, Vilniaus Energija will perform an exclusive AV performance summarizing all their creative work to date. Against the background of bright video projections, unconventional electronic music and vocals distorted with special effects will be played in Lithuanian, English and artificial languages.
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