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  • Jan. 17, 2015

    Call for scores!

    Regarding the International Contemporary Music Festival DRUSKOMANIJA’15 (festival), composers are invited to create their works for these ensembles:

    1. Cello and Harp;
    2. Trombone and Harp;
    3. Flute and Harp;
    4. Brass trio
    (Alto trombone, Tenor trombone, Tuba);
    5. Accordion solo;
    6. Accordion Ensemble
    (2-5 performers);
    7. Accordion (Acc. Ens.) and Voice (female);
    8. Violin, Harp, Piano (various these instruments combinations) and Electronics piece should be for stereo or quadro speaker configuration, performed as playback or live (by composer himself).

     

    In case there are too many compositions, performers will be entitled to select pieces for the performance.

     

    Requirements and conditions for the participants of the Festival:

    • The 2015 festival will be held on May 18-24;
    • The competition welcomes young composers from around the world, born January 1st, 1980 or later;
    • Those who wish to participate in the Festival and write compositions for the listed ensembles, must inform the organizers of the Festival by e-mail info at druskomanija dot lt;
    • The composition should be between 5 to 10 minutes long;
    • The work has to be unreleased, never recorded or publicly performed;
    • Scores and parts must be sent electronically in .pdf format to the organizers of the festival by e-mail info at druskomanija dot lt until March 17th, 2015. Late works will not be included in the program!;
    • Participants will be accommodated in Druskininkai;
    • Organizers will take care of the travel expenses (Vilnius-Druskininkai-Vilnius) of the festival participants (composers) provided they are informed in advance.

     

    For further information, please contact the organizers by e-mail info at druskomanija dot lt

  • April 29, 2014

    Festival starts!

    The most beautiful month of the spring May becomes a big joy for fans of contemporary music, because Vilnius and Druskininkai is occupied by festival of contemporary music „Druskomanija“ which will take place on 8-18 May this year. Counting its history from the middle of 80s, one of the most important events of professional music in Lithuania until now is a platform not only to present the artworks of young composers, but also for performers to try themselves in the context of contemporary music. For several generations of artists “Druskomanija” became the considerable step to the biggest musical stages, while listeners every year are surprised by more and more interesting musical experiments. In 21th century the new generation of artists took over the work of organizing of “Druskomanija”. It was the new creative impulse which led to even more interesting conception of event: the festival has become an international one and it enables the unique intercultural communication among musicians from all around the world since then.

    This year “Druskomanija” celebrates a 30 year anniversary, so the program offered is interesting and rich even more than ever. It includes not only new opuses of young musicians, but also retrospective works. From museums to churches, from National Philharmonic to locomotive – such a variety of spaces are offered by organizers. Among the most interesting events of the festival – the presentation of “Druskomanija” CD, “Music for fountain”, review of the first Lithuanian music videos, “Noise” music session in traditional “Elektromanija”, installations created exceptionally for “Druskomanija”, a comeback of musicologists’ conference and a lot of interesting premieres of both young artists and recognized composers.

     

  • March 7, 2014

    Call for artists!

    Interdisciplinary artists are invited to create art/sound/video installations dedicated to the 30th anniversary of international contemporary music festival DRUSKOMANIJA’14!

    Requirements and conditions for the participants of the Festival:

    • The festival is opened to the international artists under the age of 35;
    • Submissions must be new, unpublished art pieces, not previously recorded or exposed in any form;
    • 3 artworks will be chosen by a professional committee. The chosen pieces will be a part of festival‘s program;
    • Organizers of the festival will choose the most appropriate venue for every selected installation;
    • Submissions with a detailed description about the installation should be addressed to info@druskomanija.lt. The applications must be submitted until the 1st of April 2014. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered;
    • Accommodation in Druskininkai will be provided for all participants of the festival;
    • International artists will be accommodated in Vilnius if their pieces will be featured in Vilnius;
    • The festival will cover the travel expenses (Vilnius-Druskininkai-Vilnius). Early reservation only;

    For further information, please contact  by e-mail info at druskomanija dot lt

  • Feb. 4, 2014

    Attention!

    Regarding the International Contemporary Music Festival DRUSKOMANIJA’14 (Festival), composers are invited to create their works for these ensembles:

    1. Organ;
    2. Flute and Harp;
    3. Birbynė (Lithuanian folk instrument), Harp and Accordion;
    4. Piano 4 hands;
    5. Accordion Ensemble (8 Accordions, the minimum instrumentation should be for 4 performers);
    6. Brass trio (Alto trombone, Tenor trombone, Tuba);
    7. Electronics:

    Noise concert: material should be generated mostly from noise sources and developed into a short composition (up to 6 minutes). No limitations on filtering and other sound processing techniques. Piece should be for stereo or quadro speaker configuration, performed as playback or live (by composer himself);
    Fountain concert: short composition (up to 6 minutes) for surround system (8 channels, speakers around the fountain) and fountain visualization (10 water pumps and 141 RGB LEDs). Visualization data can be generated using original software (provided per request) or provided in specified text/binary file formats.

    In case there are too many compositions, performers will be entitled to select pieces for the performance.

    Requirements and conditions for the participants of the Festival:

        The competition welcomes young composers from around the world, born January 1st, 1979 or later;
        Those who wish to participate in the Festival and write compositions for the listed ensembles, must inform the organizers of the Festival by e-mail info at druskomanija dot lt;
        The composition should be between 5 to 10 minutes long;
        The work has to be unreleased, never recorded or publicly performed;
        Scores and parts must be sent electronically in .pdf format to the organizers of the festival by e-mail info at druskomanija dot lt until March 20th, 2014. Late works will not be included in the program!;
        Composers wishing to use electronics must inform the organizers of the Festival in advance and discuss technical details;
        Participants will be accommodated in Druskininkai;
        Foreigners, whose works will be carried out in Vilnius, will be also accommodated in Vilnius;
        Organizers will take care of the travel expenses (Vilnius-Druskininkai-Vilnius) of the festival participants (composers) provided they are informed in advance.

    All concerts will be recorded.

    For further information, please contact the organizers by e-mail info at druskomanija dot lt

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History

Druskomanija is the oldest festival of contemporary music in Lithuania. It has a unique historical value and forms a very distinctive niche for creative expression of young composers. This annual new music event is organized either by associates of Young Composers’ Section of Lithuanian Composers’ Union or by persons unofficially connected to it.

Since the first event in May 1985 till the Reestablishment of Lithuanian independence in 1990, festival witnessed an early optimistic and adventurous period of growth, radiating with passionate youthful cultural protest against the then official framework of art. A sweeping passion for counteracting, being different and adapting cultural processes that have not been represented in one’s own environment was raging in the air. Musicologist Donatas Katkus wrote: “Students of Vilnius conservatory fled from the official milieu to Druskininkai, to the periphery, being urged by the sweetness of unconventional conducting manners and of contraposition to the prevalent order back then.” Ideas of being western and freedom, as well as awareness of congenial community were per se a position that enabled conceiving the meaning of ones own creative efforts while paying no mind to officially rightful art life.”

Under the altering conditions consequent to the Reestablishment of Independence, Youth Chamber music days in Druskininkai faced a transitional crisis, nevertheless it was organized uninterruptedly (in contrast with the conference for musicologists, an accompanying event of the festival, that lost its tractive force and was terminated several years ago). In this background of geographical and cultural margins creative undertakings still proved a big attraction while the festival could be broadened with new qualities and get rid of lifeless forms.

A crucial breakthrough came by the beginning of 21st century when a new outstanding generation of composers came along and took over organization of the festival. Druksomanija transformed itself into an international event that represents miscellaneous foreign music and magnetizes authors themselves. The festival have already mapped countries of all regions in Europe and several countries from the Americas. Several years ago festival escaped the territory of the resort town and penetrated into calenders of cultural events of other towns, particularly of the capital. Druskomanija was a part of Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009 which was an impulse that prompted various collaborative projects as well as involvement into other programmes from which the most important is Nordplus aiming at collaboration of Nordic and Baltic countries.

In the period of more than 25 years several generations of Lithuanian academic musicians made their debut. Festival served as the very first stage, as the debut scene for many composers, musicologists and performers; it gave them their first creative impulse, quiver of excitement and urge to network. For young evolving artists it is crucial to experience competent performance of their music which in Druskomanija is undertaken by experienced Lithuanian ensembles and enthusiastic companies of young performers that usually interprets pieces composed specially for them.

Programme of academical concerts of acoustic and electronic music is dovetailed with performances of popular rock, jazz or club music artists. Contemporary academic music is performed in unusual venues never used in the capital: restaurants, conference halls of sanatoriums or hotel lobbies and open air spaces. Alongside the traditional genres represented in the traditional concert of orchestra in the church, electronic or audiovisual ideas are realized in the night of “Electromania”, a band or a DJ plays in the concert “Free”, concert of chamber ensemble is arranged in the informal surroundings or everybody is welcome to take a ferry to Liškiava and listen to a concert there. Furthermore, programme of the festival is broadened with new projects every year. Druskomanija‘s events are always free of charge, openand liberal.

Vilnius '15

May 15, Friday

7 pm Starting Point I

Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center (Gynėjų g. 14)
Accordion Ensemble contemporACCO: Raimondas Sviackevičius (vadovas), Romas Morkūnas, Agnė Dūkštaitė, Tadas Motiečius, Jonas Stonkus, Kamilė Čekauskaitė, Agnė Rimgailaitė, Aidas Kvetkauskas and Julija Karaliūnaitė (soprano)
Compositions by Vytautas Germanavičius, Tom Green, Paavo Korpijaakko, Bent Lorentzen, Rytis Mažulis, Staffan Mossenmark, Jonas Tamulionis, Simas Sapiega, Sayyid Shafiee

 

May 19, Tuesday

7 pm The Decisive Goal

National Gallery of Art (Konstitucijos pr. 22)
St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra
(artistic director and conductor Donatas Katkus)
Compositions by Greta Janonytė, Brigita Jurkonytė, Vilius Lakštutis, Agnė Mažulienė, Justina Trinkūnaitė and others

 

May 21, Thursday

7 pm Brassy Vuvuzela

Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum (A. Goštauto g. 1)
Brass trio: Tomas Karka, Valentas Marozas (trombones), Sergijus Kirsenka (tuba)
Compositions by Linas Baltas, Kristupas Bubnelis, Marius Čivilis, Anthony Green, Gailė Griciūtė, Artūras Mikoliūnas, Lukrecija Petkutė
 

Druskininkai '15

May 22, Friday

6.30 pm Starting Point II

Holy Virgin Mary Scapular Church (Vilniaus al. 1)
Accordion Ensemble contemporACCO: Raimondas Sviackevičius (vadovas),
 Agnė Dūkštaitė, Tadas Motiečius, Jonas Stonkus, Agnė Rimgailaitė and Julija Karaliūnaitė (soprano)
Compositions by Vytautas Germanavičius, Tom Green, Paavo Korpijaakko, Bent Lorentzen, Rytis Mažulis, Staffan Mossenmark, Simas Sapiega, Sayyid Shafiee, Monika Zenkevičiūtė

8 pm Sad Songs

The Small Gallery (M. K. Čiurlionio g. 37)
Rita Mačiliūnaitė (voice), Marius Salynas (guitar)
Acoustic concert with sad songs

 

May 23, Saturday

3 pm Brassy Vuvuzela

Dainava Sanatorium, Aušrinė Hall (Maironio g. 22)
Brass trio: Tomas Karka, Valentas Marozas (trombones), Sergijus Kirsenka (tuba)
Compositions by Linas Baltas, Kristupas Bubnelis, Marius Čivilis, Anthony Green, Gailė Griciūtė, Artūras Mikoliūnas, Lukrecija Petkutė

5 pm The Decisive Goal

Holy Virgin Mary Scapular Church (Vilniaus al. 1)
St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra
(artistic director and conductor Donatas Katkus)
Compositions by Greta Janonytė, Brigita Jurkonytė, Vilius Lakštutis, Agnė Mažulienė, Justina Trinkūnaitė and others

8 pm ElectroAcousMania

Dainava Sanatorium, Aušrinė Hall (Maironio g. 22)
Toma Bandzaitytė (violin), Jūra Elena Šedytė (voice), Viktorija Smailytė (harp), Marija Grikevičiūtė, Austėja Valušytė (piano)
Compositions by Gailė Griciūtė, Linas Paulauskis, Chris Sarantis, Monika Sokaitė, Jūra Elena Šedytė, Andrius Šiurys, Raimonda Žiūkaitė, Rūta Vitkauskaitė

11 pm Free Style

Sūkurys Leisure Club
(V. Kudirkos g. 45)
„In albedo“
Jazz / Trip Hop / Reggae / Drum'n'bass / Psychedelic / Dub

 

May 24, Sunday

11 am Landscapes in the Scoreboard

Druskonis Lakeshore
Action by Festival composers, performers and musicologists

3 pm Acrobatic Notation

Holy Triniti Church in Liškiava
Viktorija Smailytė (harp), Vytenis Pocius (cello), Saulius Karka (trombone), Julija Karaliūnaitė (voice)
Compositions by Tadas Dailyda, Goda Marija Gužauskaitė, Lukrecija Petkutė, Richard Stenton, Azlan Wan

Events are free

 

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