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|Dr. Rimvydas Laužikas, Professor of digital SSH and the Head of Department of Museology in the Faculty of Communication of Vilnius University
Rimvydas Laužikas is an Professor of digital SSH and the Head of Department of Museology in the Faculty of Communication of Vilnius University. His education is in the interdisciplinary SSH fields of educational sciences, archaeology and communication and information sciences. Rimvydas’s research interests covers medieval and early modern time archaeology, digital SSH, information and communication of cultural heritage, history of gastronomy.From 1998 to 2008 he was working in the field of museums where he was the chief curator of the collections for Lithuanian Museum of Ethnocosmology and the head of Section of Collections and Curatorialship for Lithuanian Museum’s Association.
For the past 14 years he was working at the field of editoriailship of history textbooks for secondary school. From 2004 Rimvydas is a Lecturer (from 2008 an Associate Professor, from 2015 – Professor) of digital SSH in the Faculty of Communication of Vilnius University.
For the past years he was actively involved in national projects in the fields of his interests and also participated in several international projects, activity of international organizations, networks and working groups (such as Digital preservation Europe, Connecting Archaeology and Architecture to Europeana, Local content in a Europeana cloud, Europeana Food and Drink).
Rimvydas Laužikas has written numerous articles on the XV-XVIII century Lithuanian church and manors archaeology, using computers in SSH, digitisation, information and communication of cultural heritage, standardization, museology, and history of gastronomy.
|Credit: BBC World Service on Flickr CC BY-NC||Richard Ranft, Head of Sound and Vision, British Library & Project Coordinator of Europeana Sounds
Richard Ranft is Head of Sound & Vision at the British Library, with responsibility for 7 million sound recordings, 280,000 moving image items and 750m newspaper pages, and for bringing them together in digital form to create new services for users of the collections.
He serves on the boards of the Europeana Foundation, the International Association of Sound & Audiovisual Archives, the EUscreen XL project, and is the Coordinator for the Europeana Sounds project.
He is also Managing Editor of an academic journal of Bioacoustics and has a special interest in visual analysis of acoustics signals.
|Sam Lee, British Folk Singer and Traditional Music Specialist
Since bursting on to the folk scene, Londoner and Hackney resident Sam Lee has blazed a dizzying trail as a singer and song collector. With a rich and resonant voice, Sam is also the founder and driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues as well as engaging new and often younger audiences.
Sam’s debut album, ‘Ground of its Own’ was conceived after winning the prestigious Arts Foundation Prize in 2011 and nominated for the 2012 Mercury Music Prize. His second album, ‘The Fade in Time’ (2015) has been equally feted. At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Sam was presented with ‘Best Traditional Song’ for his version of the song ‘Lovely Molly’. During the ceremony, he performed the song live, backed by the 40-piece Roundhouse Choir, in front of a sold-out audience at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The same week, Sam and his band of Friends were invited to perform the same song on BBC TV’s ‘Later with Jools’.
When Sam isn’t busy performing, travelling and recording as founder of a burgeoning Song Collectors’ movement, he’s helped to inspire a new generation of performers to draw on living source singers, rather than just books and records. Though Lee is a thoroughly 21st-century artist, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, his repertoire is steeped in folklore and history and inspired by the natural world.
Sam is no stranger to radio, where he has made regular appearances and where his music has featured across most BBC networks. On 19 May 2014, Lee performed ‘The Tan Yard Side’ to the accompaniment of a nightingale on Radio 4. This remarkable recording marked the 90th anniversary of the first-ever outside broadcast of ‘Singing with the Nightingales’ by cellist Beatrice Harrison. Following on from this experience, Sam has also now led a series of magical events in a Sussex wood, involving nights by the campfire and improvised musical interaction with nightingales during their annual migration from Africa. Sam has sung on BBC Radio 2 Drivetime for Simon Mayo and was featured by BBC Radio 3 in a series of new recordings of musicians with nightingales. He also presented a well-received documentary “Taking It All Back Home” on BBC Radio 3 based around American field recordings being returned to their communities, broadcast in April 2016.
The Fade In Time, was recorded at Imogen Heap’s Hideaway Studio in Essex with co-producers Jamie Orchard-Lisle and Penguin Cafe’s Arthur Jeffes. Sam Lee and Friends produced an album that extends the borders of national boundaries to encompass Bollywood beats, Polynesian rhythms and contemporary classical music with Lee’s own field recordings, many of which have been handed on to him by members of the Traveller and Gypsy communities playing a key role. The Fade In Time roves the centuries and radically renews a living tradition, much like Sam does himself. Sam tours with his regular band comprising Jon Whitten on dulcimer/keyboards/ukulele, Flora Curzon on violin, and Josh Green on percussion.
|Fiona Mackenzie, Gaelic Singer, Archivist and Manager of Canna House for the National Trust for Scotland
Fiona J Mackenzie is the Archivist and House Manager for Canna House, on the island of Canna, a property owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Fiona is an MA graduate of Aberdeen University, Scotland and also holds a Masters degree in Songwriting and Performance from the University of the West of Scotland.
Fiona is a fluent Gaelic speaker and an internationally known Gaelic singer, with 4 albums of Gaelic song to her name, on the Greentrax label. Fiona began her interest in Canna over 25 years ago when she purchased Margaret Fay Shaw’s seminal book “Folksongs and Folklore of South Uist”. Fiona has since researched and performed the Songs collected by Shaw and her husband, folklorist John Lorne Campbell in the Hebrides in the 1930’s and 40’s and is now delighted to be in charge of looking after and developing awareness of the vast audio archive in Canna House, of Gaelic songs and stories, spanning nearly 60 years.
|Maarten Brinkerink, Public Participation and Innovative Access Expert, Knowledge and Innovation, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
As a Public Participation and Innovative Access Expert in the Knowledge and Innovation department, Maarten Brinkerink coordinates the institute’s input in (inter)national research projects. He contributes to the strategic policy of Sound and Vision and strengthens the broader heritage sector from Sound and Vision in initiatives such as Open Cultuur Data and the Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed.
Maarten Brinkerink (1983) graduated in 2007 from the master New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Utrecht. Six months later he started as the project lead of the Open Images project at the R&D department of Sound and Vision. In the beginning, his focus was on open access as a distribution model for digital heritage. Over the years, the area of expertise of Maarten has expanded with knowledge on copyright, crowdsourcing and reuse of digital heritage. He gained extensive experience in access projects for the mass digitization project Images for the Future and in international research projects.
Gaila Kirdienė, Music Academy Lithuania, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
Gaila Kirdienė is Associate Professor and senior researcher at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius. She holds a Master’s degree in Violin (1990) and Ethnomusicology (1992) from Lithuanian Academy of Music, and a PhD in Ethnology from Vytautas Magnus University (1998). She has had research stays in Gőttingen University, Germany (1995), and the Belarusian State Academy of Music (2011). Her research emphasizes Lithuanian folk fiddling and music making by Soviet deportees and political prisoners in Siberia and American Lithuanians. She is the author of Fiddle and Fiddling in Lithuanian Ethnic Culture (2000), Traditional Wedding Music of Eastern Aukštaičiai (2009), Anthology of Lithuanian Folk Fiddle Music (DVD, 2015) and co-author of Lithuanians and Music in Siberia (2013; all these works are in Lithuanian with English summaries). She plays fiddle and other Lithuanian traditional musical instruments, is the leader of traditional music group Griežikai (‘Musicians’).
Joris Pekel, Community Coordinator Cultural Heritage, Europeana Foundation
Joris Pekel works as a collection manager and impact analyst at the Europeana Foundation. His academic work covers theatre, film, new media and digital heritage studies in Utrecht and Amsterdam. At Europeana he closely works together with memory institutions to open up cultural heritage data for everybody to enjoy and reuse.
He is also coordinator of the OpenGLAM Network that promotes free and open access to digital cultural heritage held by Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) and brings together organisations, institutions and individuals that share this goal.
|Credit: Giorgios Gripeos. CC BY 4.0||Lisette Kalshoven, Advisor on Copyright, Heritage and Open Education, Kennisland
Lisette Kalshoven is advisor at Kennisland in the areas of copyright and heritage. She combines drafting policy documents with practical interventions and training sessions for professionals. Creating access to information is always the focal point in her work.
At Kennisland, amongst other things, she is the project lead of Europeana Sounds, a project aiming at doubling the amount of audio files accessible through Europeana. She helps museums, archives and libraries create an open policy with regard to copyright in their collections, setting up online access where possible.
Since the early 2000s, Dara (aka Arad) and Ian (aka Eomac) have been the brains behind the slugged out, bass heavy electronic outfit ‘Lakker’. Both originating from Ireland, but currently based in Berlin, they paint intricate sonic tapestries ranging from haunting Arctic soundscapes to bass driven warehouse weight. Heavily inspired by the chopped up, processed sounds of the 90s, their humanist slant on electronic music has received support from the likes of Aphex Twin, Laurent Garnier, Lucy, Blawan and Surgeon. In the last few years Lakker have received high praise for their numerous releases on Killekill, Blueprint (one of Britain’s most influential techno labels), Love Love, Candela Rising, Stroboscopic Artefacts and most recently on acclaimed Belgian label R&S Records with the ‘Containing a Thousand’ and ‘Mountain Divide’ EPs and forthcoming long player ‘Tundra’. Moreover, they have a distinctive visual style, reflected in their AV show, where subtle changes in the music are reflected in the patient and detailed morphing of original self-evolving visual content, each show being a unique experience. This distinctive style has recieved support from creative hubs such as ‘CDM’.
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre band “Tatato”
Folk Ensemble « Tatato » members are students of Ethnomusicology at Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. The ensemble was formed from a folk group study in which all students can learn different styles and genres of songs, explore instrumental music, dance and performance details.
Every year ethnomusicologists organize folklore expeditions, where they study local singing and musical traditions.