Traditional Singing Course | COSMOS



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Traditional Singing Course I COSMOS
July 26 – August 1, 2020
Kaunas district, Lithuania

Traditional singing courses organised in Lithuania for the second time invites to learn about authentic singing traditions: from singing manner, free voice formation to concrete styles, rite and lyric songs.

This year's main theme – cosmos – seeks to delve deeper into the interplay between folk songs and the mythical cosmic world, to explore the traditional human view of the surrounding universe and its reflections in songs. Participants will have an opportunity to listen to lectures about ethnocosmology as well as be part of the evening programs under the stars.

Course program is comprised of practical singing sessions, lectures and workshops. During the course, everyday participants will work for 3–4 hours within a selected singing group and will improve their particular singing tradition skills. During the workshops Traditional singing course participants will have a chance to acquaint with other singing traditions, learn traditional dances, try out various old crafts.


Rytis Ambrazevičius

Lithuanian traditional singing

Rytis, educated as a physicist and musicologist, now is a professor at Kaunas University of Technology and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. His research interests include ethnomusicology, music and speech acoustics as well as music cognition.

Sasha Lurje

Yiddish traditional singing

Sasha Lurje is a Berlin-based acclaimed Yiddish singer performing and teaching across the world. Sasha is a co-founder of Berlin Yiddish music festival Shtetl Neukölln and Seattle Yiddish Fest, and has performed and taught Yiddish singing in Russia, Europe and North and South America and has been a longstanding artist and faculty member at Yiddish Summer Weimar, where she directs the Song workshop.

Susanna Karpenko

Ukrainian traditional singing

Susanna is a folklorist, folk performer, musician, folk singing lecturer, leader of folk ensemble Božyči and project Vizerunčasti pisni. She has created a distinctive folk singing method based on the use of head resonators.

Daiva Vyčinienė

Sutartinės (Lithuanian polyphonic traditional singing)

Daiva Račiūnaitė-Vyčinienė is Prof., head of the Department of Ethnomusicology, member of ESEM and ICTM. She has published more 90 scientific articles and three monographs, presented more than 100 papers at conferences in Lithuania and abroad. She teaches the practical subject “Singing Lithuanian Folk Songs Sutartinės” to Lithuanian and foreign students at LAMT. Daiva is also active as folk singer, leader of sutartinės singers; group “Trys keturiose”, and a member of folklore group “Visi”, as well as organizer the annual International Folklore Festival Skamba skamba kankliai in Vilnius.




Daiva Vyčinienė



Jonas Vaiškūnas (Lithuanian Museum of Ethnocosmology)

Antanas and Jonas Juška Ethnic Culture Museum

lecture, visit & final concert



Arūnas Sniečkus

Straw Garden Making


Vida Sniečkuvienė

Ethnographic Cell

traditional food tasting

Soap Carving


Arūnas Sniečkus

Traditional Dances

workshops and parties

Darius Bagdonavičius


morning activity

Dalia Peseckaitė