XV International Vilnius Gospel Music Festival is going to take place in Vilnius on 9-12 November 2017. Around 250 participants of the festival are going to be brought together into the Joint gospel choir, which together with locals and foreigners will perform for Vilnius residents and guests. We invite you to come to the events of the festival!

Date: 9 November 2017 (Thursday)

Time: 19:00.

Location: St. Johns’ Church (Šv. Jono g. 12)

In the opening concert of the XV International Vilnius Gospel Music Festival you will hear gospel music perromed by the Joint choir of the region of Klaipėda Rising Souls, the participants of the Mama Gospel workshop, the choir United Voices and the soloist migloko.

Free of charge!

Performers

UNITED Voices

UNITED Voices – is a community of Voices. Young people reaching into the community where there is a need of singing and serving, sharing the joy of the Gospel music with others. Ensemble, led by Shasta Miller, each year participates in charity concerts that go by the same UNITED Voices name.

 

 

Rising Souls

It is incredible what music can do! The powerful gospel music enchanted singers of the region of Klaipėda. More than 10 years ago they left their hearts at the second Vilnius Gospel Music Festival. Inspired by this event they started organizing gospel music festivals in Gargždai and in Klaipėda.

And so three ensmebles known all over Lithuania – the song studio Svirplys (music school of Gargždai), the song studio Keberiokšt (Queen Luiza youth centre, Klaipėda), the ensemble Vocalis (J. Kačinskas music school) – united in a joint choir Rising Souls.

Participants of the Mama Gospel workshop

The participants of the Mama Gospel workshop are going to form an ensemble which will perform the songs learned in the workshop together with the other choirs.

migloko

Future soul/pop/soul/eclectic. When migloko is on stage the speakers burst out with something like a 3D musical trip through jazz night clubs and electronic cities with a visit to primitive tribes and volcanos of blues on the way. migloko voice is deep, real and visual, therefore her performances are made not just to listen, but to watch as well.

migloko = voice + boombox. Everything, what’s born from vintage sounds of boombox and fresh experiments of migloko.

 

Date: 10 November 2017 (Friday)

Time: 21:00

Location: music club Tamsta (A. Strazdelio g. 1)

Musicians form Sweden Malcolm and Monica are friends that were brought together by the gospel music. For this concert they are preparing a program full of hits of the gospel music which they are going to perform together with an ensemble and a rythm band lead by Marija Monika Dičiūnė and Tomas Dičiūnas.

Performers

Monica Törnqvist

Monica Törnqvist is one of the first guests of the Vilnius Gospel Music Festival and since then is supporting this event and appears in it as a performer and a conductor. She is an educated music teacher, choir conductor, vocal coach and singer. Now Monica has a full-time job as a music teacher but at the same time she also conducts the gospel choir in Sollentuna, continues to sing in Sweden and in other countries, organizes and teaches in various workshops and master classes on the gospel music and works as a vocal coach. She has performed with famous singers such as Jay T. Hairston (USA), Swedish gospel star Samuel Ljungblach, performer and author of Eurovision songs Lasse Holm and others. As Monica states, she loves to sing gospel music because by singing it, there is so much passion, love and sorrow that you can express.

Malcolm Chambers

Malcolm Chambers is a professional singer and pianist from Sweden. He has a huge experience of performing the gospel music and is invited to participate in various international gospel and jazz music festivals in Sweden and abroad as a singer or as a conductor. Malcolm is the art program manager of the famous Swedish national television show A Song of Joy. During his ongoing career as a gospel music performer he performed for an audience of 12000 people, conducted a choir comprised of 5000 singers and sang together with such gospel music stars as Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker and others.

Marija Monika Dičiūnė

Marija Monika Dičiūnė is a well-known singer, vocal coach and conductor. She performs soul, RnB, pop, jazz and gospel music and is a vocal coach in the Juozas Tallat-Kelpša Conservatory. She also teaches jazz choir singing in the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, sings as a lead vocal or as a back singer in various music projects. Marija Monika is a part of the Vilnius Gospel Music Festivals since 2008. She participates in every festival as one of the lead singers and conductors.

Rythm band

Mindaugas Balčiūnas

Mindaugas Balčiūnas is a 31-year-old piano player who performs with many well-known pop, rock, hip-hop stars and bands: G&G Sindikatas, Sel, Balú, Linas Adomaitis, Šorena, Lilas ir Innomine, Saulius Petreikis World Orchestra and others. He performs not only in Lithuania but also abroad – in USA, Norway, UK, Ireland, Iceland, Russia, etc. Together with the band Žalvarinis he has participated in Henley festival in UK. Mindaugas has also participated in various music projects in television and at the moment together with a new band Balú is preparing for the tour to promote their first album.

Tomas Dičiūnas

Tomas Dičiūnas performs various music genres but mostly he is seen in the jazz scene. He performs a lot together with jazz professionals both in Lithuania and abroad. Even though Tomas started as classical music performer, later on he turned to rock music and eventually he went on to jazz. While looking for a synthesis of different genres of music he often uses synthesizers and other electronic music instruments. Tomas Dičiūnas has also started leading the big band of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre on 2015.

Jonas Gliaudelis

Jonas Gliaudelis is a 22-year-old drummer performing with such stars as Domas Aleksa Group, Monika Liu, Keymono, Justé, Giedrius Nakas, Reinless, Linas Rimša, Erica Jennings, Linas Adomaitis, Giedrė and many others. He learned to play in Prins Claus Conservatory, Netherlands, from teachers Gene Jackson, Adam Nussbaum, Steve Altenberg, Matt Wilson, Don Braden, Wycliffe Gordon. His first teachers and inspirers in Lithuania were Marijus Aleksa and Darius Rudis. Jonas performs in the scenes of jazz, soul, hip-hop and pop and has won prizes in various competitions both in Lithuania and abroad. In 2017 he has released his debut EP Cabin in the Woods as a composer and a producer.

 Ernest Germanovič

Ernest Germanovič is one of the perspective young bass guitar players. In 2016 he has won a 2nd place in an international jazz performers competition in Russia as a solo artist. Ernest appears on stage together with well-known Lithuanian artists and performs together with jazz talents, various electronic and pop groups. Each year he plays in the charity event UNITED Voices. As a free-lance musician he works in recording studios and plays in various music projects and has participated in many festivals in Lithuania and abroad.

Date: 11 November 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 19:00

Location: St. Catherine church (Vilniaus g. 30)

In this concert you will hear a wonderful acoustic gospel music performance by Gerald T. Smith and the gospel ensemble of Kristina Žaldokaitė illuminated by the light artist Arvydas Buinauskas (ABLight).

Performers

Gerald T. Smith

Gerald T. Smith is one of the most gifted musicians, songwriters, teachers and disciplined directors in the USA. He has established a national and international reputation as a successful musician, composer, vocalist, pianist, and workshop clinician.  Gerald T. Smith has performed with such artists as Stephanie Mills, Dorian Harewood, Reginald Vel Johnson, George Faison, Shirley Caesar, Evangelist Dorothy Norwood, Minister Byron Cage, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Lamar Campbell, Richard Smallwood, the late Rev. James Cleveland, and a host of other reputable artists. It is his first visit in Lithuania and he is eager to meet the participants and the audience of the festival.

Kristina Žaldokaitė

Kristina Žaldokaitė graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre as a jazz singer. She has lead the gospel choir Sounds in G, worked as a back singer to many famous Lithuanian musicians and built up her experience in various jazz festivals, competitions, TV projects and while performing both in Lithuania and abroad. At the moment she is leading the St. John’s Church Gospel Choir, the gospel team HARK!, participates in various music projects and bands. Kristina is actively performing as a gospel artist – she performs and conducts choirs in local and foreign gospel music festivals and workshops in Sweden, Germany and Poland and is the Art Program Manager of the Vilnius Gospel Music Festival where she also sings and conducts.

Arvydas Buinauskas

Arvydas Buinauskas is a light artist creating masterpieces for the first-rate events in Lithuania. In this concert he is going to create paintings of lights reflecting the gospel songs you are going to hear.

Date: 12 November 2017 (Sunday)

Time: 16:00

Location: Vilniaus Congress Hall (Vilniaus g. 6)

YWCA-YMCA Lithuania together with partners, the association Youth Point and event management agency UNITED Events, are organizing XV International Vilnius Gospel Music Festival on 9-12 November 2017. This festival is the first and the biggest event in Lithuania dedicated only to the gospel music. Since its beginning in 2001 this festival attracts choirs, ensembles, solo artists and conductors from Sweden, Poland, Latvia, Ukraine, Lithuania and USA.

The pinnacle of the festival is the Final Gospel Festival Charity Concert where you will hear wonderful gospel songs performed by more than 200 artists from all over Lithuania and abroad. Performers of the concert: Joint Gospel Choir, well-known gospel artist Gerald T. Smith (USA), wonderful singers form Sweden Malcolm Chambers and lovely Monica Törqvist, our own gospel music performers from Lithuania Kristina Žaldokaitė, Marija Monika Dičiūnė and Simona Jundulė and the rhythm band, brought together for this event. Special guests: Monika Linkytė and Girmantė Vaitkutė.

 

Part of the funds raised from the ticket sales and during the concert are going to be donated to support Crisis Pregnancy Center, which offers help for women who are going through the crisis of unplanned pregnancy and related difficulties.

Performers

Gerald T. Smith

Gerald T. Smith is one of the most gifted musicians, songwriters, teachers and disciplined directors in the USA. He has established a national and international reputation as a successful musician, composer, vocalist, pianist, and workshop clinician.  Gerald T. Smith has performed with such artists as Stephanie Mills, Dorian Harewood, Reginald Vel Johnson, George Faison, Shirley Caesar, Evangelist Dorothy Norwood, Minister Byron Cage, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Lamar Campbell, Richard Smallwood, the late Rev. James Cleveland, and a host of other reputable artists. It is his first visit in Lithuania and he is eager to meet the participants and the audience of the festival.

Malcolm Chambers

Malcolm Chambers is a professional singer and a pianist from Sweden. He has a huge experience of performing the gospel music and is invited to participate in various international gospel and jazz music festivals in Sweden and abroad as a singer or as a conductor. Malcolm is the art program manager of the famous Swedish national television show A Song of Joy. During his ongoing career as a gospel music performer he performed for an audience of 12000 people, conducted a choir comprised of 5000 singers and sang together with such gospel music stars as Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker and others.

Monica Törnqvist

Monica Törnqvist is one of the first guests of the Vilnius Gospel Music Festival and since then is supporting this event and appears in it as a performer and a conductor. She is an educated music teacher, choir conductor, vocal coach and singer. Now Monica has a full-time job as a music teacher but at the same time she also conducts the gospel choir in Sollentuna, continues to sing in Sweden and in other countries, organizes and teaches in various workshops and master classes on the gospel music and works as a vocal coach. She has performed with famous singers such as Jay T. Hairston (USA), Swedish gospel star Samuel Ljungblach, performer and author of Eurovision songs Lasse Holm and others. As Monica states, she loves to sing gospel music because by singing it, there is so much passion, love and sorrow that you can express.

Girmantė Vaitkutė

The professional career of Girmantė Vaitkutė has started from Vilnius Gospel Music Festival in 2005 which opened the doors for her to start singing as a back vocal. In the beginning she worked as a back vocal with a lot of well-known Lithuanian artists. Using this experience, later on she has started to make her own career as a solo artist. Now she sings her own compositions and jazz music. However, as she states, the gospel music will always have a special place in her heart.

 

Monika Linkytė

Monika Linkytė is one of the most popular young artists in Lithuania. Her first appearance on the stage was more than 20 years ago and she has grown up surrounded by music. She has learned singing professionally since childhood and has created her own compositions. Her debut album Walk with Me was complimented by musical authorities. Monika has received many awards including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year or Song of the Year. She is appreciated by the audience for her originality, sincerity and music and has represented Lithuania in Eurovision song contest. At the moment Monika is recording her second album, performing and living in Vilnius and in London where she now studies at BIMM University.

 

Joint Gospel Choir

All the registered participants of Vilnius Gospel Music Festival from all over Lithuania (Gargždai, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Panevėžys, Šiauliai, Vilnius and other cities) are brought together in a Joint Gospel Choir. During the concert this Choir, together with guest stars, will perform the gospel songs that were prepared during the rehearsals and workshops of the festival.

Marija Monika Dičiūnė

Marija Monika Dičiūnė is a well-known singer, vocal coach and conductor. She performs soul, RnB, pop, jazz and gospel music and is a vocal coach in the Juozas Tallat-Kelpša Conservatory. She also teaches jazz choir singing in the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, sings as a lead vocal or as a back singer in various music projects. Marija Monika is a part of the Vilnius Gospel Music Festivals since 2008. She participates in every festival as one of the lead singers and conductors.

Kristina Žaldokaitė

Kristina Žaldokaitė graduated from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre as a jazz singer. She has lead the gospel choir Sounds in G, worked as a back singer to many famous Lithuanian musicians and built up her experience in various jazz festivals, competitions, TV projects and while performing both in Lithuania and abroad. At the moment she is leading the St. John’s Church Gospel Choir, the gospel team HARK!, participates in various music projects and bands. Kristina is actively performing as a gospel artist – she performs and conducts choirs in local and foreign gospel music festivals and workshops in Sweden, Germany and Poland and is the Art Program Manager of the Vilnius Gospel Music Festival where she also sings and conducts.

Simona Jundulė

Simona Jundulė has graduated from Juozas Tallat-Kelpša Conservatory as a pop music singer and afterwards has finished Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre as a jazz vocalist. At the moment she studies in a joint program of Vilnius University and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre aiming to achieve master degree in music therapy. Simona Jundulė has lead a gospel choir Joy and now she is a part of St. John’s Church Gospel choir both as a singer and as a conductor.

 

Rythm band

Mindaugas Balčiūnas

Mindaugas Balčiūnas is a 31-year-old piano player who performs with many well-known pop, rock, hip-hop stars and bands: G&G Sindikatas, Sel, Balú, Linas Adomaitis, Šorena, Lilas ir Innomine, Saulius Petreikis World Orchestra and others. He performs not only in Lithuania but also abroad – in USA, Norway, UK, Ireland, Iceland, Russia, etc. Together with the band Žalvarinis he has participated in Henley festival in UK. Mindaugas has also participated in various music projects in television and at the moment together with a new band Balú is preparing for the tour to promote their first album.

Tomas Dičiūnas

Tomas Dičiūnas performs various music genres but mostly he is seen in the jazz scene. He performs a lot together with jazz professionals both in Lithuania and abroad. Even though Tomas started as classical music performer, later on he turned to rock music and eventually he went on to jazz. While looking for a synthesis of different genres of music he uses synthesizers and other electronic music instruments. Tomas Dičiūnas has also started leading the big band of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre on 2015.

Jonas Gliaudelis

Jonas Gliaudelis is 22-year-old drummer performing with such stars as Domas Aleksa Group, Monika Liu, Keymono, Justé, Giedrius Nakas, Reinless, Linas Rimša, Erica Jennings, Linas Adomaitis, Giedrė and many others. He learned to play in Prins Claus Conservatory, Netherlands, from teachers Gene Jackson, Adam Nussbaum, Steve Altenberg, Matt Wilson, Don Braden, Wycliffe Gordon. His first teachers and inspirers in Lithuania were Marijus Aleksa and Darius Rudis. Jonas performs in the scenes of jazz, soul, hip-hop and pop and has won prizes in various competitions both in Lithuania and abroad. In 2017 he has released his debut EP Cabin in the Woods as a composer and a producer.

 Ernest Germanovič

Ernest Germanovič is one of the perspective young bass guitar players. In 2016 he has won a 2nd place in an international jazz performers competition in Russia as a solo artist. Ernest appears on stage together with well-known Lithuanian artists and performs together with jazz talents, various electronic and pop groups. Each year he plays in the charity event UNITED Voices. As a free-lance musician he works in recording studios and plays in various music projects and has participated in many festivals in Lithuania and abroad.