Artist: The Skys
Album Title: Colours Of The Desert
Label: (Self Released)
Street Date: November 11th 2011
Genre: Rock/Progressive Rock
Jonas Čiurlionis– vocals and lead guitar
Aleksandr Liutvinskij– rhythm guitar
Justinas Tamaševičius– bass
Božena Buinicka – keyboards and vocals
Ilja Molodcov - drums
Lithuanian rock band The Skys was established on 10th of November, 1995. And since then it is the leading band in Lithuanian prog scene. The band had many solo gigs and participated in various festivals in Lithuania as well as abroad: Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Germany, USA, Poland, Austria etc.. Some of the bigger events were:
"Eurocon" - International Congress of Science Fiction in Vilnius 1996
Festival "Pazvelk kitaip", White House, Vilnius 1996
Eesti Noortebandide Festivalin Tartu (Estonia) 1996
Charity concert "Mes irgi galime myleti", Vilnius Sport Hall 1997
UNESCO World Youth Festival "Dialogue Among Civilizations" 2001
Posinger Open Air2002, Germany
The Skysare winners of New York International Music Festival2004, USA
Easter Europe Music Convention, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2005
Baltic Prog Fest 2007
Bauslande Fest 2007, Latvia
Pustye Holmy 2008, Russia (45 000 people)
Prog Farm 2008, The Netherlands
Crescendo Festival 2010, France
2nd prize award at Rockowe Andrzejki 2011, Poland
1st Prize award at ROCK MASTER FESTIVAL 2012, Poland & etc.
During its years of existence the band released four albums: "Civilized" (1997), "Dreams" (1999), "Postmodern Game" (2004) and "Colours of the Desert" (2011). Many of The Skys songs were played on radio and TV. In 1996 song "One Saturday of The Spring" reached radio station "Laisvoji banga" charts where it kept its highest positions for almost two months (No. 1 in April Charts). In 1999 song "Virtual Reality" was filmed on National TV for music telecast "Muzikinis viesbutis". As guests The Skys performed at "Buk Artistas" TV Show. In 2004 The Skys performed at Lithuanian Top 10 on National TV. "The Ancient Indian song" video was also shown on National TV. The Skys music received radio airplay on 100 radio stations across Europe, USA and Canada with interviews in Netherlands, UK and "album of the week" in Austria, A-listed in Norway. Many high quality press articles were published about the band in all major Lithuanian newspapers. The Skys album reviews showed up in USA, Canada and Europe receiving very high evaluation.
In 2001 The Skys made a musical theatre performance "Civilized" which was presented in one of the biggest theatres in Vilnius - Jaunimo Teatras. In 2004 The Skys were signed to Sutaras Record label for album "Postmodern Game". And digital distribution deal with Cinderella Records (USA) in 2010. In 2004 The Skys were awarded (out of 300 bands) as "Best International Band" at prestigious New York International Music Festival . In 2006 The Skys won Makato Artist of the Year Award (2nd place) In 2011 The Skys got 2nd prize award (out of 100 bands) at Rockowe Andrzejki, Poland. In 2010 The Skys signed exclusive digital distribution deal with Cinderella Records. In 2011 The Skys signed a publishing contract with Apollo Live.
New album "Colors of The Desert" features: Dave Kilminster (Roger Waters band) - guitar; John Young (ex-Scorpions, Bonnie Tyler) - keyboards, backing vocs, producer; Snake Davis (Eurythmics, P.McCartney, Ray Charles, James Brown, etc.) - sax; Martin Beedle (Cutting Crew, Sarah Brightman, etc) - drums; Tony Spada (Holding Pattern) - guitar; Anne Marie Helder (Mostly Autumn, Panic Room) - backing vocs.
The Album recorded in Mamas Studio (Vilnius, Lithuania) and Liscombe Park Studios (London, UK) famous for Uriah Heep and Asia recordings. Mixed by Steve Rispin (Tina Turner, Elton John, Asia, Tankard, etc)