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  • 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    • Submissions must be new, unpublished art pieces, not previously recorded or exposed in any form;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

8 May, Thursday

8 pm TurboProclaimer*

Cultural Bar „Kablys“ (Kauno g. 5)
Electronic and electroacoustic music project. Participants: Linas Paulauskis, Tadas Dailyda, Mykolas Natalevičius, Lukrecija Petkutė-Dailydienė, Raimonda Žiūkaitė, Accordion Ensemble „ContemporACCO“ and extreme bikers.
Before concert (7 pm) – press conference of the festival
After concert (10 pm) – afterparty with live music and DJ Rushkeys


9 May, Friday

7 pm Louder Quieter

Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum (A. Goštauto g. 1)
Brass trio: Tomas Karka (alto trombone),
Valentas Marozas (tenor trombone), Sergijus Kirsenka (tuba)
Compositions by Vaida Striaupaitė-Beinarienė, Valdas Stanaitis, Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Liauda Vaitkūnaitė, Jamie Hamilton, Marta Poznanska and Martin Ulikhanyan

9.30 pm Music for Fountains

Near Bernardine Garden Fountain
Music for fountain, lights and electronic.
Compositions by Matthias Kronlachner, Tadas Dailyda, Lukrecija Petkutė-Dailydienė, Otto Wanke, Domas Ruškys, Jurgis Jarašius, Andrius Šiūrys, Matas Drukteinis and Goda Marija Gužauskaitė


10 May, Saturday

4 pm DolceDuo

M.K.Čiurlionis Home (Savičiaus g. 10)
Eglė Juciūtė-Matelienė (flute), Viktorija Smailytė (harp)
Compositions by Philip Glass, Toru Takemitsu, Bernard Andres, Sayyid Shafiee, Andrius Šiūrys, Tomáš Janoška and Ricky Chaggar
 

11 May, Sunday

2 pm Music for Organ

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Vilnius (Vokiečių g. 20)
Karolina Juodelytė (organ)
Compositions by Olivier Messiaen, Faustas Latėnas, Jakub Polaczyk, Mohammadhadi Ayanbod, Alex Nante and Juta Pranulytė

 

12 May, Monday

8 pm Creators of the Worlds

LMTA Main Hall (Gedimino pr. 42)
St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra
(artistic director and conductor Donatas Katkus)
Compositions by Ignas Juzokas, Jurgis Jarašius, Domas Ruškys, Laurynas Naujikas and Raimonda Žiūkaitė

 

13 May, Tuesday

7 pm Saplings*

Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall (Aušros Vartų g. 5)
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra
(conductor Robertas Šervenikas)
Compositions by Artūras Mikoliūnas, Ignas Juzokas, Aistė Vaitkevičiūtė and Julius Aglinskas

 

15 May, Thursday

6 pm Labyrinths of Time

Lithuanian theater, music and cinema museum (Vilniaus g. 41)
Piano duo "Tempora":
Laura Klimauskaitė and Lukrecija Petkutė-Dailydienė
Compositions by Bronius Kutavičius, Gintaras Sodeika, Loreta Narvilaitė, JunYi Chow, Francisco del Pino, Krists Auznieks, Matthew Lee Knowles and Vilius Lakštutis

8.30 pm Cinema of Druskomanija

Movie Theater „Pasaka“ (Šv. Ignoto g. 4/3)
Short documentary movies about "Druskomanija"

Druskininkai

May 16, Friday

7 pm ContemporACCO

Holy Virgin Mary Scapular Church (Vilniaus al. 1)
Accordion Ensemble: Simona Šukytė, Tadas Motiečius, Agnė Dūkštaitė, Jonas Stonkus, Martynas Vaičekauskas, Raimonds Ungurs, Romas Morkūnas, Raimondas Sviackevičius (artistic director)
Compositions by Sofia Gubaidulina, Arvo Pärt, Yuji Takahashi, Torbjörn Lundquist, Gérard Grisey, Jukka Tiensuu, Jonas Tamulionis, Andrzej Krzanowski, Vidmantas Bartulis, Raimonda Žiūkaitė and Dominykas Digimas

9 pm ElektroManija

Dainava Sanatorium, Aušrinė Hall (Maironio g. 22)
Electronic music concert
Compositions and improvisations by Linas Paulauskis, Mykolas Natalevičius, Stefano Sgarbi, Grzegorz Pieniek and Dominykas Digimas

10.30 pm Music for Fountains

Druskininkai Fountain
Music for fountain, lights and electronic
Compositions by Matthias Kronlachner, Tadas Dailyda, Lukrecija Petkutė-Dailydienė, Otto Wanke, Domas Ruškys, Jurgis Jarašius, Andrius Šiūrys, Matas Drukteinis and Goda Marija Gužauskaitė

 

May 17, Saturday

1 pm Jubilence

Draugystė Sanatorium, Red Hall (V. Krėvės g. 7)
Conference of musicologist (Moderator - Vaida Urmonienė)

4 pm Labyrinths of Time

M. K. Čiurlionis Memorial Museum (M. K. Čiurlionio g. 35)
Piano duo "Tempora":
Laura Klimauskaitė and Lukrecija Petkutė-Dailydienė
Compositions by Bronius Kutavičius, Gintaras Sodeika, Loreta Narvilaitė, JunYi Chow, Francisco del Pino, Krists Auznieks, Matthew Lee Knowles and Vilius Lakštutis

6 pm Creators of the Worlds

Holy Virgin Mary Scapular Church (Vilniaus al. 1)
St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra
(artistic director and conductor Donatas Katkus)
Compositions by Ignas Juzokas, Jurgis Jarašius, Domas Ruškys, Laurynas Naujikas and Raimonda Žiūkaitė

7.30 pm Still No Future

Dainava Sanatorium, Aušrinė Hall (Maironio g. 22)
Toma Bandzaitytė (electric violin), Andrius Puplauskis (electric basoon), Marija Grikevičiūtė (piano)
Compositions by Šarūnas Nakas, Albertas Navickas, Rita Mačiliūnaitė, Tadas Dailyda and Lukrecija Petkutė-Dailydienė

9.30 pm Opus Magnum

Holy Virgin Mary Scapular Church (Vilniaus al. 1)
Saulius Auglys-Stanevičius (hapsichord)
Ričardas Kabelis „Opus Magnum“

11.30 pm Still Free

Restaurant-Music Club Kolonada
(V. Kudirkos g. 22)
„Juste|Boys“ (Netherlands), DJ Rushkeys

 

18 May, Sunday

10 am Paint a Colleague!

Druskonis Lakeshore
Action by Festival composers, performers and musicologists

6 pm The Last One

Restaurant-Music Club Kolonada
(V. Kudirkos g. 22)
Accordion Ensemble „ContemporACCO“ and others
Compositions by Rytis Mažulis, Gintaras Sodeika, Rūta Vitkauskaitė and George Holloway

Liškiava

18 May, Sunday

3 pm DolceDuo

Holy Triniti Church
Eglė Juciūtė-Matelienė (flute), Viktorija Smailytė (harp)
Compositions by Philip Glass, Toru Takemitsu, Bernard Andres, Sayyid Shafiee, Andrius Šiūrys, Tomáš Janoška and Ricky Chaggar

Events are free*

*Events marked with star symbol require a ticket . Information
about events location and tickets can be found  at event location
or on festival website. Other events are free. seniunas bybys

For composers

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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