Shades Of The World
(2016 to 2017)
"The Shades Of the World" is the project that combines folk and traditional music of various countries all around the world, jazz and improvisation. A musical collaboration that started in 2015, while Lithuanian musicians were staying at the Rhine-Ruhr, successfully continued the long lasting partnership of twin cities Vilnius and Duisburg. Under the wing of German artist and manager Rüdiger Eichholtz the mutual effort of Lithuanian and German musicians commenced in a local art gallery/concert hall Lokal Harmonie. The collaboration instantly captivated the art lovers of Duisburg.
‘In this age of alienation it gets hard to understand eachother, other nations and different customs. Perhaps now the language is not enough to communicate? Maybe now we can only look deeply into eachother‘s heart, water the roots while feeling eachother‘s pulse and listen with our eyes closed? Can you hear it? The old melody that comes through an opened window, the melody that tells the legend of China. Here comes the wind that is hardly felt, the wind that comes from a pleaded robe, the robe worn by a dervish who keeps on spinning while being in harmony with the sounds. The bang that made you flinch is a lively dance filled with movements and the roister that happens in the heart of Africa. Shades Of The World is an international musical project that was born because of the need to know the music of various cultures and the deepest parts of the human consciousness. It is a journey through the world of improvisation and a jazz maze with a precious stone held close to the heart. A stone that day by day raised every nation‘ – tells the leader of the project Ieva Marija Baranauskaitė.
Ieva Marija Barnauskaitė: events organizer, meetings coordinator, guest manager, press officer, keyboardist, vocalist, improvisor, arranger. LT.
Andre Meisner: saxophonist, DE.
Rokas Beliukevičius: drummer, LT.
Justinas Žilys: guitarist, LT.
The project was partly supported by Goethe Institut, Vilnius City Municipality, Fasel Stiftung, Festival Moers, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Galerie Schürmann, Kunststiftung NRW, VHS Moers - Kamp-Lintfort, Hochschulstadt Kamp-Lintfort and Sparkasse Duisburg.