Vytautas Kernagis

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Vytautas Kernagis
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Sculpture of Vytautas Kernagis in Nida
Background information
Birth name Vytautas Kernagis
Born(1951-05-19)May 19, 1951
Origin Vilnius, Lithuania
Died March 15, 2008(2008-03-15) (aged 56)
Genres Sung poetry, pop, rock, folk
Occupation(s) Vocalist, actor, television presenter.
Years active 1966–2007

Vytautas Kernagis (May 19, 1951 March 15, 2008) was a Lithuanian singer-songwriter, bard, actor, director, and television announcer. He is considered a pioneer of Lithuanian sung poetry. [1]

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Bard (Soviet Union) type of song in Russia and USSR

The term bard came to be used in the Soviet Union in the early 1960s, and continues to be used in Russia today, to refer to singer-songwriters who wrote songs outside the Soviet establishment, similarly to folk singers of the American folk music revival. Because in bard music songwriters perform their own songs, the genre is also commonly referred to as author song. Bard poetry differs from other poetry mainly in being sung with simple guitar accompaniment as opposed to being spoken. Another difference is that it focuses less on style and more on meaning. This means that fewer stylistic devices are used, and the poetry is often in the form of a narrative. What separates bard poetry from other songs is that the music is far less important than the lyrics; chord progressions are often very simple and tend to repeat from one bard song to another. A far more obvious difference is the commerce-free nature of the genre; songs are written to be sung and not to be sold, as the bards are often working professionals in a non-musical occupation.

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Vytautas Kernagis was born to the family of actors Aleksandras Kernagis  (lt ) and Gražina Kernagienė  (lt ). He attended M.K.Čiurlionis school (first 3 years) and Vilnius 23rd school. In 1973 he graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art school

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Kernagis recorded his first album of sung poetry in 1978. Kernagis also took part in the first Lithuanian rock opera Devil's Bride , first Lithuanian musical Ugnies medžioklė su varovais (1976), and first Lithuanian musical for a puppet theatre Šokantis ir dainuojantis mergaitės vieversėlis.

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Kernagis hosted the 1st season (2007) of Žvaigždžių duetai TV show.

Kernagis suffered from gastric cancer and died March 15, 2008. He was cremated and interred in the Antakalnis Cemetery in Vilnius.

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