Aukseliu lingo, perlaliu mirgo. Concert of sutartinės
On Friday evening, St. Catherine’s Church will be filled with sutartinės (Lithuanian polyphonic songs) singing, accompanied with instrumental sounds of kanklės, skudučiai, daudytė and horns.
Sharp seconds, combined with bright rhythmic accents, alternate with softer consonances and a steady flow of time, immersing the listener in complete calmness. Constantly repeating magic sound-words will help to weave these different colors of music into one harmonious flow.
Sutartinės can be listened and enjoyed in two ways: with one’s eyes closed – immersing in a state of rest, distancing from everyday worries, disturbances, and noise, as if moving to another space; with one’s eyes opened – admiring geometric patterns of sutartinės performers’ sounds, moves and behavior.
Experienced singers called “Trys keturiose”, famous for their unique and real good “beating” of voices, will be supported by the youthful voices of the Vilnius University folklore ensemble “Ratilio”, and guests from Kaunas, the group of sutartinės singers “Gaudė”.
The concert “Aukseliu lingo, perlaliu mirgo” will take place at St. Catherine's Church. It can be seen in three ways.
Watch the live broadcast on the festival’s Facebook account.
You can also see the event on the festival screen in the yard of Vilnius County Adomas Mickevičius Public Library; free ticket available here: https://bit.ly/3bFdnRN
Exhibition of weaver Aldona Valkauskienė’s folk-art pieces
Two folk-art exhibitions will be opened during the International Folklore Festival "Skamba skamba kankliai". One of them is a personal exhibition of weaver Aldona Valkauskienė’s pieces. It will take place at Marijos ir Jurgio Šlapelių namas-muziejus from 28 May to 13 June.
A. Valkauskienė was born in 1945 in Kaišiadorys district, Dijokiškės village. Five sisters and a brother grew up in the large family of Pranė and Pranas Morkūnai. Aldona‘s mother was a good weaver and taught this craft all her daughters. Instead of studying at university, Aldona chose the path of a weaver because this was more heart-pleasing to her. In addition, she not only enjoyed weaving but also succeeded. Aldona, following in the footsteps of her grandmother and mother, also taught her daughters and granddaughter how to weave, and this is already the fifth generation of the family of weavers.
The weaver participates in regional and republican folk-art exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad. She has held several personal exhibitions and won the diploma of the best folk master of Kaunas county. She exhibits her fabrics and sells them at international festivals and folk-art fairs.
A large group of Lithuanians and foreigners, including the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, wears her woven scarves, appreciating the careful handwork of the weaver.