2021 August 6-7, Varniai, Lithuania
Baltic culture and extreme music festival

Aistė Smilgevičiūtė ir grupė SKYLĖ

Rock Opera | Lithuania

and SKYLĖ band introduces "Gervaza dūzgės" – its first album in Samogitian language! That is an hour and a half theatrical show, which can be confidently referred to as the first Samogitian rock opera or, as they say, ‘a Samogitian western’. The performance features special choreography, costumes and light effects.  

The idea of the album was conceived by Aistė Smilgevičiūtė – a true Samogitian, and Rokas Radzevičius, who had an opportunity to sing in Samogitian language for the first time. Being interested in cultural heritage, the couple of musicians created a story, integrating stories, memories and tales of Lake Plateliai in Samogitia.  

The characters of the story include beggars, coming back from the Great Samogitian Calvary Festival, the noble lady Zifrina, and Gervazas – a drowned man of Lake Plateliai, who had his reasons for taking this company to the bottom of the lake and into an apocalyptic party. 

On stage, Zifrina and Gervazas are impersonated by the authors Aistė Smilgevičiūtė and Rokas Radzevičius. The role of the beggar Rimkūnas is played by the actor Irmantas Jankaitis. All members of SKYLĖ band become actors as well: Enrikas Slavinskis (electric, solo guitar), Salvijus Žeimys (percussion), Gediminas Žilys (bass), Mantvydas Kodis (keyboard), Kęstutis Drazdauskas (flute), Eglė Jačauskienė (back vocal). The show also features a brass band.