Chertamy I Ryazamy

by BICIKL

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about

BICIKL was formed in Belgrade, Serbia in 2008 by two Lithuanian immigrants, Harbor Tévas and Vyrash Karunos, with the idea to promote old Lithuanian pagan values. They would invite anybody willing to play to join them at their weekly gatherings in Vyrash's living room, where they would spend time together, talk, drink tea or rakija, watch films and improvise music. Every rite was recorded, adding up to over 100 hours of original material.

The collective soon grew to include more than 10 members,and in 2009 they started performing live rites that were a mixture of primitive theater, pagan rituals and modern eclectic music played on traditional ethnic instruments in combination with modern electronic gadgets. The line-up changed from performance to performance, based on principles of free improvisation where everyone is welcome and no one is necessary.

The concept is to create music the way our pagan ancestors did - immediately and free of any rules or genres. Inevitably BICIKL often sounds like traditional music, but it is not directly related to any specific region or tradition.

BICIKL includes professionally trained, skilled self-taught, and amateur musicians, who play electronic, acoustic, digital, eastern and western instruments, sounding at times like a Krautrock band at a Turkish wedding, Luigi Russolo experimenting with Serbian turbo folk psychedelic meditation, Stockhausen playing loops of Macedonian folk dances and what else not...

BICIKL had more than 20 rites in Serbia, collaborating with musicians: Vladimir Chab (Czech), Dario Elia (Italy), Pex Delibasich (Australia), Ilan Manouach (Greece), Eric Thielemans (Belgium)...

In 2010 BICIKL performed at Novo Doba festival in Belgrade and EXIT festival in Novi Sad, Serbia and in 2012 at the Beglika festival in Bulgaria.

In 2008 the song "Nocni Pastir" was featured in the Fusion Mutation compilation. In 2013 the song "Tingus Meile" was featured in the Novo Doba compilation. In 2014 Canadian label Halloween Quest Records published BICIKL's first album called Saknys on limited edition cassette tape.

contact: bandBICIKL@gmail.com

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released July 14, 2016

see cassette insert for full credits (image included with download)

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