“Afternoon Bells” will introduce Gintaras Sodeika who can be often heard perform on Lithuania’s largest instrument (61 bell), installed in the tower of the Church of Sts. Philip and Jacob in Vilnius. This artist is perhaps better known as a theatre composer and active proponent of Fluxus in Lithuania whose work bears influences of popular music, rock and jazz. Two years ago Sodeika participated in the Klaipėda Carillon Festival where he presented his new pieces Fluxus Requiem and performed it together with musicians from Klaipėda.
For the past few years, the Klaipėda Concert Hall has been collaborating with the Lithuanian Composers’ Union in developing new Lithuanian repertoire for carillon. The result of this collaboration is several premieres of new pieces included in the programme of this year’s festival. This concert will feature new piece by Vytautas V. Jurgutis whose sophisticated, abstract electronic compositions have secured him a place at the forefront of the Lithuanian electronic music scene.
His Afterbell for carillon and electronics was written especially for the 7th Klaipėda Carillon Festival. The composer reveals that “the time dedicated to writing this piece coincided with the spread of corona virus in the world. Thus the sound structures and vibrations embedded in the work’s musical material (especially, in the carillon part) inevitably correlate with this surprisingly weird period.”
Having introduced his electronic and audiovisual works at major festivals in Asia, Europe and the United States during the past few years, Jurgutis will also be present at the Klaipėda Carillon Festival, performing carillon parts in his own piece and in the premiere of new piece by Gintaras Sodeika called Lex non scripta. “The title is a Latin expression that means “unwritten law,” which reminds us of the fact that music is inherently free of any written laws,” says Sodeika. His new work was written with partial support from the Lithuanian Council for Culture.