First time in London: Wake up, Rivers! Primordial Baltic Songs

Monday 14th May, 2018

Laurita, Lithuanian folk singer and preserver, invites to experience 'Sutartines' – the archaic, polyphonic songs that came from the hearts of Lithuanian ancestors. These multipart chants are usually described as mantras because of their meditative ritual power. While singing together, the unique, magical and uniting harmony is experienced.

No need for musical knowledge, singing skills or Lithuanian language – Laurita masterfully decodes the songs in the ceremonial atmosphere. Singing in a circle liberates mind and emotions, awakens singing abilities you would not imagine having.

Open your hearts and voices to one of the oldest ceremonial singings in the world and transfer yourself to the times of our ancestors. It is out of this world, meditative, liberating.

When: 19th May 6:30 pm & 20th May 5pm
Where: London Irish Centre (50-52 Camden square), London NW1 9XB
19th of May (SOLD OUT)
20th of May - tickettailor.com/events/balticsongs
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In the old tradition, the woman walks between life and the spirit world. She goes to the spirit world to bring the future generations. During childbirth, she gets there and throws the baby into the hands of a midwife.

A woman flows to – marries – a man. Then, every new moon she flows like a river, rises like a sun and runs like time since she is the carrier of the eternity. Every one of us is connected to the Universe by our subconsciousness and by the cycles of life, floods and tides.

"When you hear a folk song and your throat tightens, you don't know what to do or where to go? My dear, these tears are just pure water of awakening and revival, which helps us cross this threshold. And that is sacred. The woman is like running water; she is alive while it runs. Each one of us carries a current of eternity in us. A current, which is sometimes dormant", says Laurita. 

About Laurita

Laurita Peleniūtė is a singer who preserves Lithuanian musical traditions, culture and folk. She has been performing and teaching folk music for more than 15 years. Laurita merges musical traditions and languages from all over the world as she strongly believes in the primordial power of the music and common roots of all cultural traditions. 

For Lithuanian and international audiences Laurita is best known as a former member of Lithuanian folk-rock band “Žalvarinis” and as a founder of World music band “Marga muzika”. Laurita has performed in international projects such as Zumbaland (Georgia), Fanfare de Transilvanie (Romania), Plantec (Brittany, France), Altai Khangai (Mongolia), Oki Kanu (Ainu. Japan), Band Shono (Buriats) and singer in project “Malituanie” with Baba Sissoko.


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