Call of the Ancestors. Traditional Lithuanian Music, 1993
SUTARAS was founded in 1988 by professional musicians from the Lithuanian Folklore theatre. Their repertoire includes folk music from all over Lithuania played on traditional folk instruments characteristic of each of its ethnic regions. They perform a wide variety of music ranging from shepherd's melodies to dance tunes. The musicians also sing, dance and tell stories.
Since ancient times, the Lithuanian people have expressed their love of country through their songs and handworks. Archaeological finds, place names, and ancient chronicles bear witness to the strong spiritual and material culture of the Lithuanian and other Baltic peoples. Travellers and historians from abroad documented the Balts traditions, beliefs as well as songs and musical instruments.
Lithuanian cultural researchers conducted more thorough analyses of these subjects. they collected folk instruments, documented their crafting methods, recorded melodies and their connections to various occasions. All of this collected and classified knowledge is available today to those who wish to study or enlarge it including musicologists, instrumentalists, craftsmen and music enthusiasts.
Today, ancient instruments are recreated through drawings and descriptions, while accordions and violins uncovered during ethnographic expeditions find new voices after restoration. Ancient Kankles once gathered dust in museums, but in the hands of talented folk artists they sound again through reproductions. traditional music can be heard on many occasions, and not only during concerts. It has returned into Lithuanian everyday life as a priceless gift of our ancestors.
In this CD is recorded a wide variety of Lithuanian vocal and instrumental music. You will hear shepherd's instruments, various kinds of kankles (bord zithers) and modern instruments common throughout Europe as well as Lithuania. Here you will be able to savour the accords of ancient "Sutartines" (polyphonic songs) as well as compare songs from the various ethnic regions of Lithuania. 20-page booklet with colour pictures and information about Lithuanian traditional songs and instruments included.
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