Psychedelic shaman music from Istanbul “Baba Zula” (Turkey)
Istanbul is a city of contrast and a cradle of culture. It is located between Europe and Asia and there
lives about 14 million people that have different traditions, religions, languages and experiences. The
city is colorful and its culture is even more colorful. Here you can see side by side women with hijabs,
men with turbans, call for a pray from ancient minarets, exotic markets, and also modern bars and night
clubs. Istanbul is full of varieties but it also contains an alternative side of its own. Can you imagine
what could be called an alternative in this pot of culture?
3MA Project (Madagascar, Mali, Morocco)
“3MA” is a band that connects three highest level musicians from very different African regions geographically and culturally: the kora master Ballake Sissoko (Mali), the oud virtuoso Driss El Maloumi (Morocco) and the valiha (tubular citrus) performer Rajery (Madagascar).
Kayhan Kalhor – the treasure of Persian music (Iran)
Kayhan Kalhor (Iran) is a first-rate performer, virtuoso of kamencheh who is creating strong and valuable musical sensations. His music is refined, sensual and radiant with Middle East tradition. This performer invites listeners to travel with him and enchanting sounds of kamancheh to better quality world.
Mathis Haug (France, Germany)
Mathis Haug is these days nomad and intelligent of the musical world. He takes inspiration from Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson and Tom Waits. He makes a subtle mix by connecting sounds, poetry and his own insights and creates deep and meaningful music by singing about real life. His origin is French and German and this guitarist and song writer is best kept secret of Europe’s musical stage.
„Lo‘Jo“ – French magic
“LO’JO” – it is a legendary sextet from France. Not going to their concert is almost indecent. This band performs more than 30 years and they have released 15 albums during that time. Also they have started a legendary festival in Mali “Festival in the Desert” and they have performed in such places all around the world that most of us have no idea of existing. Music of the band is always evolving and reminds us that people also evolve, change, progress, rebels. So be papered to be amazed even if you have heard this band performing before. Life is a constant change. And “LO’JO” is using that unlimited possibilities to travel into unknown and unexpected ways of music.
Naghash Ensemble ( Armenia)
The sound of ancient Armenia reinvented for the 21st century."— Tigran Mansurian, famous Armenian composer.
The Naghash Ensemble combines the earthy spirituality of Armenian folk song, new classical music, contemporary post-minimalism and the energy of rock and jazz.
Nomad music – “Huun-Huur-Tu” and “ANEWAL”
Nomad is a traveling tribes. They are unique and mysterious as places where they live. Those places are located in magnificent and at the same time harsh natural havens like deserts, steppes, tundra. Unfortunate but those kind of communities are on the edge of extinction. It is caused by urbanization development, industrialization. These are the reasons that have made nomads to change their life style and assimilate or move to the outermost regions of the world.
Mad Meg (USA)
Eclectic „Mad Meg“ is compared to „Gogol Bordello“, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, „Botanica“, „Balkan Beat Box“ and „A Hawk And A Hacksaw“. Eclectic, blending different genres in their performance - from jazz to mariachi, from rock to Russian folk music, funk, pop, blues, avant-garde. The band describes their style as punk chanson noir and contemporary cabaret.
Anna&Elizabeth - music from Appalachian mountains ( USA)
In 1607 the first English colony is being established in Virginia. In mountains of Appalachian meets English, Scottish, Irish migrants and Africans that were brought by force to slavery. Everybody has a tough time – nostalgic feeling for home, wars, diseases, unfriendly local Indians. All of that were constant escort of the life in new continent. Appalachian music originates in that environment. This music connects USA and African blues, old traditions of Irish, English and Scottish music. This music imparts live of migrants and special atmosphere of mountains.
ORKESTA MENDOZA ( USA/Mexico)
ORKESTA MENDOZA - is an exceptional band of mambo music. They have been in Lithuania 2 years ago and they are coming back to make you dance.
It is one of the most interesting Latin music bands that combines mambo, cumbia, blues and physoelic elemnts into their music. The album „¡Vamos A Guarachar!“ ( 2016) was declared as the best Latin Music album of the year
Sax Gordon ir Toni Lynn ( USA/Italy)
The first lady of Bostob blues stage Toni Lynn Washington together with saxsophonist mastere Sax Gordon – powerful soul and R&B music concentration. Talented Sax Gordon perfectly like no other continues and develops wonderful American R & B saxophone tradition. Thank to aggressive and emotional style Sax Gordon became the main and most important representative of this genre in the world. He is perfectly in tune with one of the best modern blues singers, the extraordinary voice of Toni Lynn Washington.
HAZMAT MODINE (USA)
“Hazmat Modine” (USA) is one of the most original bands of New York. They do play simple, crazy, fun blues that was played in New Orleans saloons and mixed with gypsy music. The bands driving force is mouth harmonicas, tuba, drums, guitars, banjo, big section of wind instruments and the vocal of Wade Schuman.
The World Premiere of their first album that was recorded and created in Lithuania. So this album was born from the depths of the human soul, where limits disappear. And where the American Blues musician felt his African roots and the African Griot storyteller welcomed the Blues...back home.
Bassekou Kouyate ir Ngoni Ba (Mali)
Bassekou Kouyate (Mali) is one of the most famous now day’s ngoni instrument masters from Western Africa. This performer was nominated for “Grammy” and also he is an ambassador of ngoni, a visionary of African music and he has won over the sympathies of music lovers all over the world.
„Delgres“ is a powerful trio, a missing link between french, caribbean and US cultures. Soaked in blues though urban and open to the world. No nostalgia here in this blues, but today’s music that sounds between Ali Farka Toure,Tinariwen and the Black keys.
Violons Barbares - guttaral singing, amazing violin‘s sound and percussion beat
The name of the band can be accounted for by the fact that two of the musicians play folk stringed instruments. Their music is a refreshing mixture of the national traditions of the three countries, at times reminiscent of a rock song. They take the listener on a journey throughout the world: one can hear the thudding of hooves across the wilderness of the Mongolian steppe, mellifluous tunes of romantic France and soulful songs of open-hearted Bulgaria.
Roland Tchakounte -Afroblues Music Star
As a blues musician, age can certainly help to give your audience the impression that your music is the result of a lifetime of sorrow and experience, but says the relatively youthful Cameroonian blues musician Roland Tchakounté, “In Africa, we have a tendency to do things backwards, and we usually think it takes a lifetime to reach youth."
Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze – Power of kora and trumper
It is an usual duo of kora player Ablaye Cissoko (Senegal) and the trumpeter Volker Goetze (USA). This duo is a spiritual journey that goes along with a free jazz and a music of mandingo. The friendship of these two musicians gives results in music – impressionistic pieces of music which have special harmony that feel just like from the heaven above.
Banda Magda - music that breathes cinema colors
“Banda Magda” is a band that can’t be tamed in one genre. It is a world music band that has qualities of samba, French chanson, Greek folk song motives, Columbian cumbia, afro-Peruvian and north south Brazilian rhythms. This group is known for it’s free musicality. This group has perfectly captured vintage pop elements from the last century. They do free them in their free and cinematographical creative work.
Nora Jean Bruso ir Luca Giordano Band (USA/Italy)
Nora Jean Bruso (USA) is the real queen of blues. The listener hearing the first song performed by her feels the taste of this genre. This vocalist introduces a listener to an inner drama and with the passion she sings she is ready to conquer the world. Nora Jean Bruso proves with all the above that she has every feature needed for the blues queen.
Chico Trujillo (Chile)
The band “Chico Trujillo” has earned the name of world class party band. This band is one of the most known bands from Chile. Musical pieces of this band are being played almost in every party from north to south corners of the country. The “Chico Trujillo” connects classical cumbia, bolero, reggae, Latin American, Balkan music in their music. This cocktail of many genres of music is enjoyable for listeners of different generations.
Otis Taylor ( USA )
Otis Taylor is an extraordinary artist who had experience working with the legendary “Deep Purple” member Tommy Bolin, musical improvisation by the great talent of Jimi Hendrix and recorded several songs for the album "Definition Of A Circle with Gary Moore.
Titi Robin and Mehdi Nassouli (Marocco/France)
Titi Robin is going to perform in March in Vilnius and Kaunas for the second time. He is known as strong visionary musician from France. This artist draw crowds of listeners up few years ago where he performed with world music project “Titi Robin Trio”. This time he is going to perform with Medhi Nassouli, young but talented gnawa musician from Morocco.
Vardan Hovanissian and Emre Gültekin (Armenia/Turkey)
Vardan Hovanissian is master of an instrument called duduk and Emre Gültekin is master of a sazo instrument. They are going to introduce their first album together called “Adana”. This album is dedicated to commemorate the sixth anniversary of Armenian nation’s genocide.
“Sergio Mendoza y La Orkestra” is an exceptional big band of mambo music. You have never seen anything like it. This band is one of the most interesting Latin music bands that is being led by charismatic Sergio Mendoza. This orchestra sometimes can have twenty members at the time. They creat noisy, turbulent mambo and cumbia music with a splash of intense shade of psychedelic. The sound of this band is unearthy and qualitatively. And these qualities had been noted by media like “New York Times”, NPR and others.
Huun Huur Tu ir Etran Finatawa (Tuva Republic/Niger)
For the first time two bands from diffrent sides of the world meet on “GM Gyvai” stage – “Etran Finatawa” from Niger and “Huun-Huur-Tu” from Tuva Republic. A combination of these two bands is unexpected and extraordinary. This combination merges music of two nomad tribes from western Africa (tuaregs and wodaabe) in the hot Sahara desert and a music of tempered nomad tribes from Tuva steppe. These two bands are both original and distinctive and a creative work that is produced from these two bands is going to be a treat for gourmands of music.
Kayhan Kalhor ir Erdal Erzincan (Iran/Turkey)
Kayhan Kalhor – one of the most powerful and creative artist who represents clasical Iranian music. His tunes („Faryad“, „Without You“ ir „The Rain“) were nominated to „Grammy“. Kayhan Kalhor creates music for famous Iranian musicians, National Television and movies. Some of his songs you can hear in Francis Ford Copolla movie „ Youth without youth“
Sona Jobarteh (Gambia)
Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a west African Griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is a modern day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries.
Mighty Mo Rodgers ir Baba Sissoko (USA/Mali/Italy)
Mighty Mo Rodgers is American blues legend.
Baba Sissoko is a musical tradition keeper of Mali music.
These two grand musicians will meet on stage in Lithuania. This concert will be unforgetable and uniqe because of blues legend and multiinstrumentalist, master of West African music, and blues band from Italy.
Alsarah&the Nubatones (Sudan/USA)
Music band “Alsarah & Nubatones” successfully connects African traditions and modern ideas in their music. In this way, they create unique genre – East African retro-pop music. “Alsarah & Nubatones” singer Alsarah is gifted with extraordinary abilities. She is called new Nubian pop and Sudan retro princess. On stage she is joined by three international musicians: percussion Rami El Aasser (Egypt), bass player Mawuena Kodjovi (Togo) and ud instrument player Brandon Terzic (Armenia).
Luke Winslow King band (USA)
Luke Winslow King is a guitar player, singer, composer and song writer of young generation of USA. He is known for his professional skills playing slide guitar. Also he is known for his interests in prewar blues and traditional jazz. He has performed on CNN, “Discovery Channel” and BBC. Also he has performed with Jack White, Pokey Lafarge, Taj Mahal, Chris Thile and „Rebirth Brass Band“, George Porter.
Light in Babylon ( Turkey, France, Iran )
„Light in Babylon“ is a band which characterizes with exceptional rhythm of Istanbul cities crowed of people and variety of sounds. This project is cosmopolitan. Also it is a celebration which combines Istanbul’s and Sephardi Jewish communities and their traditions. This band is a great example of multicultural alternative music of Middle East.
Merope ( Lithuania, Belgium, Spain, Germany, France )
Merope is a world alternative music band consisting of five musicians each hailing from five different countries. With each member supplying their own artistic background, the result is an unique alchemy of sounds.Merope’s music has the potential to reach wide audiences owing to it’s sensitivity and subtle combination of elements.
American Songbirds Festival ( USA )
„American Songbirds“ is a 7 musicians project. These musicians are young and talented. They perform North American music with originality. Their performances are called festivals because of versatility and soul touching music. „American Songbirds“ is a project where four singers, song writers and backline musicians are taking part in it: „Ashia & Bison Rouge“ from Portland, Rachelle Garniez from New York, Kyrie Kristmanson from Ottawa and Daisy Chapman from Bristol. These girls creates without any rules but originally and with power.
Forabandit ( Turkey, Lebanon, France )
„Forabandit“ trio - band which multicultural and explores unknown areas of music such as Oksitanian troubadours and Turkish nomad bard traditions - aşık.The meaning of trios name is based on oksitanian language. „Forabandit“ means “being denied”. Oksitanian and alevitian view of the world has great significance in this bands creative work. Word “bandit” means a lot to this trio too. This word is their manifest – this trio sees poetry and music from the perspective of a “bandit”.
Sax Gordon ( USA )
Sax Gordon is one of most thrilling and one of most interesting players of these days musical world. This talented musician continues to keep traditions of American R&B performed by saxophone. He does that better than any one else and does that with endless enthusiasm and courage.
Altai Khangai trio ( Mongolia )
„Altai Khangai“ (Mongolia) is an ansamble of three. They have the ability to make traditional Mongolian music from western Mongolia perceivable for music lovers of today. Passion of musicians, antique instruments, guttural singing hypnotizes, attracts your attention and makes the listener feel Asian culture up close.
Estas Tonne is a well traveled troubadour. Last twenty years he spend traveling around the world with his guitar witch had became his spiritual guide and teacher. Estas Tonne performing with his guitar is magical and sometimes his music is said to be like primal sounds of universe.
Eric Bibb ( USA )
Blues star Eric Bibb is beloved by public for managing to create most beautiful emotions on stage. Critics say that Eric Bibbs music is unique and for filling experience. Eric Bibb reveals world music interpretations through his music. He is able to do this because of experience he has gained traveling and working with various artists around the world.
Freedonia ( Spain )
“Freedonia” it is a group of ten professional musicians which has already conquered the major concert venues and festivals in Spain. In their rich music we can hear the influence of blues legends Etta James, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson and Barbara Acklin as well as Spanish rhythms, jazz and classical fusions and afrobeat elements.
Mighty Mo Rodgers ( USA )
Mighty Mo Rodgers is blues legend from Chicago. He has released 6 music albums, won a huge number of music awards in USA and Europe.
Mamani Keita ( Mali )
Mamani Keita owns of the most charming and mature voices in Mali. The artist knows very well how to captivate, seduce and electrify the audience.
Etran Finatawa ( Niger )
“Etran Finatawa” (Niger) is the first music group which has used two different styles in a modern context of West African nations - Tuareg and wodaabe. Their creation is called a desert nomad blues and is extremely rich and full of African heat and freedom.
Titi Robin Trio ( France )
Titi Robin trio is project of one of the most powerful and succesful guitarist Titi Robin. This trio is formed by Ze Luis Nascimento – percussionist, Francis Varis – maestro of accordeon and Titi Robin – guitar, ud and bouzouq.
Harry Manx ( Canada )
Harry Manx is a musician who blends blues, folk music, and Hindustani classical music.
Manx plays the slide guitar, harmonica, six-string banjo, mohan veena and Ellis stomp box. He studied for five years in India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He has released eleven albums.
Solo Cissokho trio ( Sweden/Senegal/Mexico )
The music of trio is a fancy combination of Swedish, Senegalese and Mexican cultures, emphasizing the individuality of each musician and their unique instrument's sounds.
„Fanfare de Transylvanie“ ( Romania )
An orchestra “Fanfare de Transylvanie” has a very wide repertoire, which consists of all the Romanian folklore and extremely well-known original Balkan music themes interpretations, relied on such famous creators like Goran Bregovic, Boban Markovic, Gogol Bordello and the Gypsy King. Colorful music of “Fanfare de Transylvanie” is described as the world music, gypsy or Balkan brass style.
Minyeshu ( Ethiopia )
The singer is particularly favored by the audience for her colorful, contemporary Ethiopian tradition and Western musical elements creativity. West African, classical, European folk, blues, jazz and Caribbean music in creation of Minyeshu is brought together by the unique Ethiopian tradition.
„Win-Bang“ trio ( Iran )
Trio “Win-Bang” is from Iran; their music involves mystical Persian, Sufi traditions. The trio consists of professional, artfully musicians playing with traditional Persian musical instruments: Samer Habibi (playing kamancheh), Pasha Karami (tombak, percussion) and composer Masoud Arzanlou (tambour, vocal).Musical compositions are based on traditional Arabic musical systems maqam and ancient Persian figure of melodies called radif.
"MaLituanie" released concert
“MaLituanie” the first-of-its-kind world music album recorded and released in Lithuania. The album easily and inseparably fuses the harmonies of traditional Malian and Lithuanian music, tells stories of wanderings and homesickness; of new experience in exotic lands, and the duty to preserve our cultural memory.
Antonio Rivas ( Colombia )
The expressive music of Antonio Rivas is a guaranteed celebration, full of bright colors, virtuosic accordion sounds, sophisticated rhythms and exceptional performer charisma. Antonio Rivas is an upholder and conservator of Latin American culture cumbia and vallenato music genres
Makely Ka ( Brasil ) (en)
Makely Ka is a unique contemporary Brazilian music, which combines poetry, folklore and various rhythms of regions of the country and electronic music elements.
Eric "Guitar" Davis and Luca Giordano band ( USA/Italy )
Eric “Guitar” Davis is one of the best of the new generation of blues musicians from Chicago – the capital of blues. Eric’s concert is the energy, impressively controlled guitar sounds and a powerful voice.
Debademba ( Burkina Faso/Mali )
Debademba band is becoming popular in such a stunningly fast period and its creation is a way of modern African music, characterized by smart composite solutions, incredibly mixed with various West African styles and traditions.
Debashish Bhattacharya ( India )
Debashish Bhattacharya is one of the most fascinating personalities of the world music, whose creativity and a subtle sense of aesthetics makes him real genius. He works with the most famous Indian singers such as Ravi Shankar, Ajoy Chakrabarty, Beria Bhushan Kabra and the world's most famous maestros: Ustad Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, Bob Brozman and others.
Lopez-Petrakis-Chemirani trio ( Crete/Spain/Iran )
Lopez-Petrakis-Chemirani is a warm trio from sunny Crete, pulsating life and archaic design. Extraordinary creators are looking for original and modern ways to present the traditions of music.
Karima Nayt ( Algeria )
A cosmopolitan artist, awarded by diverse talents, Karima Nayt - is a reminder of the real, original purpose of the art. Karima always shows strong feelings and experiences to the audience and her music is full of Arabic motifs, French sensuality and extraordinary power of voice that is why she captivates so much attention that causes the artist to be believed in, no matter what language she is singing.
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