Baroque Music with a Difference!

What could the Lithuanian birbynė (an original Lithuanian woodwind instrument) and Renaissance and Baroque music of Western Europe have in common? The answer lies in this specially composed chamber music ensemble Reversio (founded by Darius Klišys in 2003) which features two birbynė players accompanied by organ/harpsichord and viola da gamba.

The idea behind the ensemble - to play early European music using authentic Lithuanian instruments - became their mark of originality: the expressive and contrasting sounds of the birbynė are surprisingly similar to early wind instruments such as the cornett, recorder, oboe, and chalumeau. Performing the early music, the birbynė reveals nuances and colours unheard, highlights the flexibility of compositions, and offers a new look at the early music as well as other musical genres, be it classical or contemporary.

Darius Klišys   birbynė LT
Eugenijus Čiplys   birbynė, lamzdelis, goat's horn LT
Marek Toporowski   harpsichord, organ PL
Irmina Obonska  
harpsichord, organ PL
Krzysztof Firlus   viola da gamba PL

Reversio – Biagio Marini "Ciaccona"

Musicians which participated in Reversio programs since 2003: Mindaugas Radzevičius (organ), Nora Petročenko (mezzo-soprano), Jurgita Šalčiūtė (mezzo-soprano) Laurynas Vaitkus (tenor birbynė), Algirdas Jademskij (soprano birbynė) Robertas Bliškevičius (viola da gamba)