The Kanklės Of The Soul

Algirdas Svidinskas
Vėlių kankliai



01 - Improvizacija I
02 - Oi toli toli
03 - Improvizacija
04 - Šaliu šaliuokit
05 - Improvizacija III
06 - Aušta aušrela
07 - Improvizacija IV
08 - Vidury lauko
09 - Improvizacija V
10 - Improvizacija VI
11 - Oi seniai seniai
12 - Improvizacija VII
13 - Improvizacija VIII
14 - Pavasario dienely
15 - Improvizacija IX


 Algirdas Svidinskas grew in musical family. Mother learnt him folk songs, father – to play guitar with seven strings. With this instrument he performed valse and polka dances. He with family often sang in winter evenings, as he says, that evenings was the most impacted reminiscence from childhood. Ethnic culture and singing poetry – two music genres, which are closely concerned in his life. Folk – the energy of soul, and singing poetry lets to spray inner attitudes. Musicant, who plays guitar and Lithuanian stringed instrument, mostly sings with loud Upper Lithuanian dialect.

"I do not call myself nor poet, nor bard, nor folklorist. The main profession I got with birth – to be a human. If even one of my professions will overtake inborn, I will feel guilty. I spill in songs and poetry everything what is actual to me, what hurts, or what brings joy, – says
Algirdas Svidinska.

He has published his poesy collection „I was and I will be“. He is indrawn in national writers digest. Besides, he has recorded an improvisation with tradition Lithuanian stringed instrument in album format – „Vėlių kankliai“ and authoric dialectic songs „Kryžkela“.With the country group „Šulnys“ was published album „Unt Sartų“.
Algirdas Svidinska – member of lithuanian etno culture essemble, initiator of dialectal creation section. „I had to do some jobs in my life: before twelve years together with nephew we managed to restore famous Sartai horses racing to their historical place. Promoted in producing Rokiškis region etnoculture world by organizing folk ensemble „Gastauta“, with whom we organized calendar holiday events, expeditions of regional studies. I was one of „Ambrosia“ author and famous „Acacia avenue“ author of idea“ – says Algirdas Svidinskas.

The kanklės (pronounced [ˈkʌŋkles]) is a Lithuanian plucked string musical instrument (chordophone), of the zither family. The instrument is similar in construction and origin to the Latvian kokle, Russian gusli, Estonian kannel and Finnish kantele.
The psaltery is one of the oldest Lithuanian folk stringed instruments. Imformation about the psaltery can be found in Lithuanian folk songs, tales, legends often reaching the times when Lithuanians were pagans and believed that a man’s soul can dwell in a tree or in a psaltery and speak or sob in a man’s voice.

In the historical sources the psaltery is mentioned for the first time in the 16th century.
Taking into consideration the peculliarities of making, psalteries can be divided into three groups: primary, simple and complex. Gouged from one piece of wood, the primary psaltery is the most ancient and most primitive. The simple psaltery is also gouged from one piece of wood but it is larger, has more (from 9 to 12) strings, and, besides, it is made with greater artistry. The complex is glued up of separate parts: the ends, the sides, the soundboard and the back. The strings of the psaltery were made of catgut or iron or steel wire.

The characteristic features of the general construction of uhe Lithuanian psaltery are as follows. The body has the shape of a trapezoid. One end is narrower – here the strings are fastened. On the other-wider-end the pegs that stretch the strings are fixed. The wider end of the psaltery is cut obliquely: the acute angle is from 17degrees to 70 degrees, the obtuse angle from 100 degrees to 150 degrees. The slant narrows from right to left.



kokolo said...

Enjoying it, thank you.

Miguel said...

thank you kokolo!