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Klaipėda will host „Sound Around“ international sound art festival in September

From September 5 to September 7, the Lithuanian port city will enjoy some unusual sounds: Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (KCCC) is going to welcome „Sound Around“, an international festival of sound art and experimental music, where an impressive programme of concerts, discussions and presentations of activities and creative work welcomes music makers, sound engineers and curators from Lithuania, Kaliningrad area (Russia) and Gdansk (Poland).

The festival participants include Donatas Bielkauskas – experimental music maker, participant in the Lithuanian neofolk scene, and author of projects DONIS and d.n.s.; Armantas Gečiauskas-Arma – intensely working sound artist, event organizer, and initiator of „Agharta“ experimental music platform; Danil Akimov – curator and experimental music maker who has initiated „Sound Around“ festival in Kaliningrad; Andrey Kolomytzev – an old-timer at the Kaliningrad experimental music stage, founder of various projects, and electronic music enthusiast; Robert Suszko-Dat Rayon – promoter of experimental sound, minimal and dub music creator from Gdansk; Michal Liberak-Verbalizer, who hypnotizess the audience with his broken techno-rhythms, and other unique music makers and music artists.

The festivals and a residency programme under the „Sound Around“ flag took place this summer in Kaliningrad and Gdansk. Each of the three countries participating in the project has been represented by three sound artists. All of them will meet in Klaipeda one week before the festival and will generate common impressions and ideas that they will present to the audience during the festival. All events at „Sound Art“ are free of charge.

On Thursday, September 5, from 11:00 to 17:00, the 2nd floor of KCCC (Bažnyčių str. 4) will host a presentation of the participants‘ creative work, listening sessions and discussions on sound art and experimental music, including the general trends and the context.

On Friday, September 6, from 11:00 to 14:00 the participants will gather at a collective workshop to use sound as a media for writing a diary, while at 19:00 they will invite the audience to the first „Sound Around“ concert at the Art Yard of KCCC. The concert will include solo performances and collective improvisations by our guests from Gdansk Robert Suszko-Dat Rayon and Michal Liberak-Verbalizer, representatives of Kaliningrad Sergej Ivanov-Kratong and Konstantin Trashchenkov, and their Lithuanian colleagues Donatas Bielkauskas-d.n.s., Gytis Skudžinskas-GyS and Valdemaras Manomaitis.

Saturday, September 7, from 13:00 to 17:00 will host one more meeting that will present experimental collaboration between Antano Dombrovskij and Andrey Kolomytzev, as well as „Agharta“ experimental music platform initiated by Armantas Gečiauskas-Arma, and the activities of experimental music project developer Danil Akimov, who is also curator at Baltic Branch of National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Kaliningrad. In the evening, at 19:00, the participants will invite the audience to the Art Yard for the final concert of the event. There, the listeners will enjoy performances by Andrey Kolomytzev, Krzystof Wronski, Antanas Dombrovskij, Dominykas Vyšniauskas playing a piece by Arturas Bumšteinas, Armantas Gečiauskas-Arma and Danil Akimov.

The audio-results of „Sound Around“ will be published in a CD. In the words of Tautvydas Bajarkevičius, curator of the Lithuanian part, the events in Klaipeda that has its own original tradition of experimental music and has given more than one famous name to the Lithuanian music scene, are promising a lot of impressions and discoveries to those who are interested in the artistic expression of sound.

„Kaliningrad has been geographically distant from the great Russia and separated from West Europe by the visa regime, but it has nurtured a unique and enthusiastic community of audiophiles. The life of experimental music and sound art scene here is spiced up by international projects organized by Baltic Branch of National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Kaliningrad, including the „Sound Around“ project initiated by this institution. The festival started in 2012 and this year, it took the shape of a network embracing three cities. Contemporary Art Centre „Łaznia“ in Gdansk has developed a series of experimental music events, while the informal scene is also quite active in this city“, said Tautvydas Bajarkevičius.

„Sound Around“ festival is part of the project „Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture“ implemented by Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre, the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Kaliningrad (Russia), and the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» in Gdansk (Poland).

You can find more information on the residency program of Sound Around, the festival and its participants at the website of Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre: www.kkkc.lt and the project website www.closestranger.eu.

The project „Close Stranger“ is implemented within the framework of Lithuania-Poland-Russia European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. The programme is co-financed with funds from the European Union and the Russian Federation. The main aim of the project is to promote cooperation among Lithuania, Poland and Russia through development of bilateral and trilateral relations. The total cost of the project “Close Stranger” is 873,620.59 EUR. The EU co-financing to the  project amounts to 768,786.12 EUR (88%), i.e. 2648468.1 LTL. Co-financing  from  participating institutions  makes  104,834.47 EUR (12%).