Sen Svaja

Sen Svaja

© Eimantas Žeimys

Sen Svaja is a Lithuanian world music band based in Vilnius, formed in 2010. The band consists of Dorotė (vocal and percussion), Živilė (vocal, zither (kanklės) and percussion), Agota (vocal zither (kanklės) and percussion). Three ladies as three mythological figures are called witches because of their outfit and music they perform. The genre varies from experimental post-folk to meditation. The ancient melodies are enriched with oriental, Slavic and jazz elements. Sen Svaja is mainly interested in the ancient Lithuanian folk songs and folk music worldwide. Members experiment with music and performances as well, they can surprise with minimalistic theatrical elements.
Sen Svaja participates in many festivals and events in Lithuania and abroad, they organize their own performances.
The band name comes from ‘sen swajjais’ which from Prussian language means “with our own”, “with those who we know”, “with relatives”. In this case SEN SVAJA with their musical rituals make the audience to be their own, to be relatives altogether.

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