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Arnoldas Jankūnas - piano

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Pianist. He studied at University of Klaipeda Jazz Music Department, where since 1993 is working as concertmaster. He is a member of "Doudy Jazz Band". Played in many countries Germany, Holland, Finland, Poland, Russia and other. He has also performed with famous lithuanian jazz musicians. Now he makes performances with "Jazz way", "Maestro", A,Kilis & E.Fedaravičius.

 

Vytis Nivinskas - double bass

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An influential figure among young Lithuanian jazz musicians, double bassist Vytis Nivinskas (b. 1974)

Born and raised in Vilnius, he developed an interest in music rather late, at the age of 14 when he began playing guitar. Fascinated with jazz he traded studies of philosophy at Vilnius University for double bass. He studied music at Vilnius Conservatory, Lithuanian Academy of Music, Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Denmark and received his master's degree from DePaul University in Chicago.

Emerging on jazz stage in 1994, the bassist has not taken long to acquire a solid experience as he played with the bands led by Vladimir Chekasin, Oleg Molokoyedov, Artūras Anusauskas, with saxophonist Jan Maksimowicz and others. He has participated in numerous jazz, rock, classical and contemporary music projects. At the 2000 Vilnius Jazz Festival he made a debut as a leader with his project "Coltrane Impressions".

In 2001 he left for the USA to study. In 2003 in Chicago he co-founded, together with saxophonist Rimvydas Paulikas, an international trio, Baltic Asteroids, which soon evolved into a quintet (with drummer Brahm Fetterman, saxophonist Paul Hartsaw and trumpeter Tobias Kaemmerer). The group played only original compositions and Vytis Nivinskas revealed himself as a composer. The Baltic Asteroids played in Chicago, New York, Washington and other American cities. They have also been featured in the Lithuanian Vilnius and Birštonas jazz festivals. Nivinskas has also performed with the Trapeze Unit, Outside In Trio (with Nobu Stowe and Dan Bales), Baked Beans (leader Jim Donovan), Matt Russell Band and others. He has collaborated with the famous Chicago avant-garde musicians Bill Brimfield, Jim Baker and William Perry (Healing Force). After completing his studies, he moved to New York where he played with Lawrence 'Butch' Morris, Kenny Wollesen and Dalius Naujokaitis.

After returning to Lithuania in 2005, he has been performing with Saga guartet, group Riot.

Since 2005 Vytis Nivinskas is on the faculties of Vilnius College and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. 

 

 Darius Rudis - drums

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Born in 1982.

Balys Dvarionas music school (piano and accordion), Tallat Kelpša conservatoire and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, drums.  He studied at Gröningen conservatoire in Holland for one year . Teachers:  Ralph Peterson, USA and Steve Altenberg, USA.  Now he is teaching at Vilnius College, and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He plays many styles of music: jazz, pop, Latin, club, experimental, jam band, rock, and reggae.

Participated in festivals of different countries:

Pori Jazz, Montreaux Jazz, Jazz Village (Belgium), Luxembourg- Jazz Rally, France-Jazz Colours, Cafe Universal, Estonia -Jazz Kaar, Latvia-Rigas Ritmi, Sweden-Nefertiti jazz club,  Lithuania- Kaunas, Birštonas, Klaipėda, Nida, Šiauliai, Elektrėnai, Vilnius, Mama Jazz.

Played together with:

Philip Hamilton, USA, Alex Tuomarilla, Finland, Chielli Minucci, USA, Anatolij Vapirov, Bulgaria, Vladimir Tarasov, Austin Becker, USA, Bern Homan, Germany, Saska Laroo, Holland, Gene Perla, USA, Herbie Kopf, Switzerland, Bilal Karaman, Turkey, Robin Aristorenas, UK, Renzo Rugieri, Italia,Toivo Unt, Estonia.

 

Algis Kilis - soprano and tenor saxes

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Saxophonist, Univeristy of Klaipeda Jazz Music Department lector and leader of its bigband. Member of Lithuanian Jazz Musicians Association and Klaipeda Jazz Club. Plays with various music groups and soloists: „Doudi Jazz Band“ , „Maestro“, „Jazzway“ etc. and have performed in Germany, Holland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Latvia, Belarus, Russia. Participant of International Klaipeda Jazz, Vilnius City Jazz, Liepaja and Kaunas Jazz festivals. Have been playing with A. Leroux, H. Kopf, J.Koubkova, E.Marienthal and many others famous musicians.

 

Sound - "Studija" band

Sound engineer - Virginijus Pažemeckas

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Edmundas Federavičius – drums

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Romualdas Malinauskas – bass guitar

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