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History

Skylė was formed in the fall of 1991. It started off as a student rock band that was merging various music styles, from punk rock through folk rock to art rock. They frequently performed at student festivals, where the atmosphere used to get quite electric. The five early band members: guitar, bass, keyboard, violin and percussion players, did not want to limit themselves to (rock) music only. Thus, Skylė turned into the circle of open-minded intellectuals and started organizing exhibitions of underground art and non-commercial festivals (such as "Free Tibet" in 1995). That, in turn, attracted a diverse crowd of followers.

In 1994 and 1995 four issues of the publication called "Balsas is Rūsio" ("The Voice From the Cellar") and also an alternative art and poetry almanac "Plyšys" ("The Gap") were published.

In 1995 Skylė started working with the Theater of Puppets, Fire and Music, called "Miraklis". The bandleader Rokas Radzevičius and his band composed and recorded the soundtrack for two productions by "Miraklis". Seven band musicians displayed their acting skills in the performance of "Šv. Stepono 7 pro memoria" (St. Steponas 7 Pro Memoria), commemorating the history of a ruined building in the Old Town Vilnius. Moreover, that same year the band appeared in a German feature film "Kaukazo vakaras" ("An Evening in Caucasus") and performed their song "Žydinčių moterų džiaugsmas"( "The Joy of the Blooming Women"), translated into Russian.

In 1996 Aistė Smilgevičiūtė, a talented young woman with a unique and powerful voice joined Skylė. Aistė represented Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest[2] in Jerusalem in 1999.


In 1998 Skylė was officially recognized as the Centre for Creative Initiatives (in 2004 the centre was renamed and now functions as a public establishment "Via Artis") and organized two impressive pacifist festivals "Gėlių naktis" ("The Night of Flowers"), reminiscing and promoting the ideas of love and peace from the 60s.

In 1998 Skylė performed at the World Youth Festival in Lisbon.
At the end of summer and the beginning of autumn of 1999 Skylė participated in an international creative camp in Germany. The musical "Dialog Is a Lock" was born at this camp. That same year Rokas Radzevičius composed, and together with the band recorded another soundtrack for a play by "Miraklis" called "Žmogus ir Aušrinė" ("The Man and the Morning Star"). The play celebrated the beginning of the new millennium.
At the beginning of 2000 Skylė together with Aistė Smilgevičiūtė recorded one of their most successful albums – "Babilonas" ("Babylon"). Later that year Skylė organized an international youth project called "Uniformos" ("The Uniforms"). Young people from various European countries composed and performed a musical about democracy. At the end of the year this musical was performed once again in Vilnius and Magdeburg simultaneously, connecting the two stages by the means of video broadcasting on the Internet. In the summer of 2001 a rock opera "Jūratė ir Kastytis" ("Jurate and Kastytis"), written by Rokas Radzevičius for the Klaipėda Sea Festival was staged and performed. The cast consisted of famous Lithuanian performers, such as Marijonas Mikutavičius, Kostas Smoriginas, Olegas Ditkovskis, Vladas Bagdonas and others.

That summer the band also did the international project "Svetimi" ("Aliens"). In autumn the band recorded the music for the last performance by "Miraklis" called "Vilniaus legendos" (The Legends of Vilnius).


In 2002 the soundtrack for "Jūratė ir Kastytis"("Jurate and Kastytis") was released on CD. Two songs from this album, also included in the solo album of Marijonas Mikutavičius, conquered the hearts of many listeners and continue to be the favorite song to be performed at the concerts of the band.

In the autumn of 2002, a music, fire and theatre show called "Saulės žemė" ("The Land Of The Sun") was produced in collaboration with some famous artists and musicians from Šiauliai and with Šiauliai City Municipality. 

In the summer of 2003 the band limited its active participation in the youth projects. Their final undertaking of such kind was the project called "Tilt", which brought young creative people from seven countries and resulted in ten shows being put on in Lithuania, Slovakia, Germany, and Belgium.

In the fall of 2002 Rokas Radzevičius presented yet another rock opera "Žuviaganys" ("Fish Shepherd"). Its premiere took place in Alytus, and the performance of featured many artists from this city.

From the second half of 2003 till the autumn of 2005 the band slowed down its activities, did very few acoustic shows. During this hiatus the band members focused on their solo projects. Moreover, much attention was drawn towards chamber performances of "Jūratė ir Kastytis" ("Jurate and Kastytis"), and in 2006 this rock opera was turned into a movie and released on DVD.

The band returned on stage in the fall of 2005. Skylė, with a slightly different membership prepared a new set list and started actively performing in concerts, clubs and festivals. They also renewed the recordings of the album the band was working on before the hiatus. In the autumn of 2007 they released "Povandeninės kronikos"("The Underwater Chronicles"), which delighted the fans of quality music. The band released an audio recording as well as the DVD of the concert at the studio of the Lithuanian National Television.

The overflow of awards and the appreciation of fans served as a new stimulus for the band. It resulted in a more active and creative phase in the history of Skylė, which refreshed Lithuanian rock music culture and elevated it into new heights.