In our modern society, many of us have lost our roots. Knocked off balance by the speed and immediacy of modern technology, we have lost touch with many of the traditions which both ground us and orientate us to the rhythms of life.
First premiered at the Barbican Centre in London, ‘Ancestors’ draws from both folk music and ancient rituals of Baltic Culture, exploring the connection to Brody’s roots through ritual, gesture, and music. He will be joined by renowned Lithuanian folksinging ensemble Trys Keturiose who perform alongside him ancient polyphonic ‘sutartinės’, which mean in Lithuanian ‘to sound in harmony, to agree’, bringing the performers and the public deeper into the rich Baltic tradition, and a form of meditation in performance. Throughout the performance the artists will perform ancient rituals which are directly related to the music.
The rituals and songs are based around themes inherent to Lithuanian culture-the process of Linen works (long considered a magical process), bees and beekeeping, and rituals all connected to the word ‘Teka’, which in Lithuanian represents the flowing of time, the rising of the sun, the flowing of water, and the flowing of a bride to her husband. The music itself reflects the cyclical nature and eternal flow of these rituals. The mythological threads collected here intertwine like the music of the polyphonic songs themselves as if weaving a symbolic message.
BROADWAY WORLD: Genius [...] This performance captured the evolution of a journey so precisely that I couldn't help but leave with a restored faith in my own path [...] a wealth of compositional talent
CALVERT JOURNAL: Rituals have a great power to make people present in the moment, connected to themselves and to the people, even apparent strangers, around them. [Full review]
DASH ARTS: A highly talented multi-instrumentalist with a lovely voice and a deep curiosity about the world. A pleasure to represent him!