Lithuania Camp – June 26-July 10, 2017 (14 days) – $1700/adults, $1375/youth
Date: June 26-July 10, 2017
Venue: Old Gegužinė Farmstead
Leaders: Will Thomas Rowan, Mary Cay Brass, Artūras Sinkevičius, Inija Trinkūnienė
Price: $1700/adult, $1375/youth
Village Harmony’s inaugural camp in Lithuania will focus on studying songs and dances from the southwestern Žemaitija region and the distinctive Sutartinės singing tradition from the Aukštatija region.
Sutartinės singing, which was listed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010, is a challenging repertoire of two- and three-part polyphony which involves canonic imitation and close tuning of seconds. (click the link to hear a good example)
We will work on this repertoire with Inija Trinkūnienė and Artūras Sinkevičius, members of the Kūlgrinda Ritual Folklore Group. In addition we will be visiting with traditional singers in their home villages to share music.
Village Harmony leaders Will Rowan and Mary Cay Brass will bring a set of other world music to add variety to our repertoire for concerts at folk festivals and folklore centers around the country and to share with our host choirs.
We will do between six and nine concerts around three of Lithuania’s five ethnographic regions: Aukštatija, in the northeast (where our retreat center is) Žemaitija in the north, and Dzūkija in the southeast. These concerts will mainly be held in local centers for culture and given in collaboration with traditional singing families and folklore groups including Artūras’s ensemble Gilė.
There will be opportunities for sightseeing and cultural tourism to museums and castles, and we have tentative plans to do a pair of concerts with an overnight, one in the seaside city of Klaipėda and the following day in Nida on Lithuania’s stunning pine- and dune-covered Curonian Spit. Lithuanian Statehood Day happens during our camp, and we will participate in celebrations with the locals.
During the entire camp session we will use as our base the Old Gegužinė Farmstead in the center of Lithuania an hour from the medieval city of Kaunas.
This log-built lodge was built in 2011 by our hosts the architects Rolandas and Neringa Bortkūnas on land that was restored to their family after it was seized by the Soviet government in 1941.
The rooms in the lodge are decorated with art and exhibits by local artists and craftspeople, there is a spacious kitchen with a brick bread oven, and there is a sauna in the backyard next to the river.
Some online links to samples of Lithuanian singing: