Danielius Praspaliauskis - Arūnas Šlaustas Quintet (Lithuania):
Danielius Praspaliauskis - as,
Arūnas Šlaustas - ky,
Vytautas Mikeliūnas - v,
Vladislav Borkovski - b,
Darius Rudis - dr
Danielius Praspaliauskis and Arūnas Šlaustas Quintet develops the combination
of jazz and academic music - they introduced the idea during Kaunas Jazz'2002
Festival, in the sacral jazz project, called Naujos Erdvės Beieškant
(Looking for New Space). This time the second sax in the Quintet
is replaced by Vytautas Mikeliūnas's violin. The Quintet members are well-known
Lithuanian jazz masters, who, from their childhood, are "in good
relationship" with the classic music.
Danielius Praspaliauskis, the saxophonist and
one of the Quintet leaders and composers, is known for Lithuanian jazz
audience as a member of Lithuanian TV and Radio and Kaunas Big Bands,
and LAO. He has played with international Big Bands, such as A.Vapirov's
Big Band, EBU and European Youth Big Band, etc. The saxophonist
leads the Dixieland and establishes various ensembles. Danielius Praspaliauskis
is also known as academic music performer, who participates at various
contemporary music projects. He has played not only in Lithuania, but
also in the famous Warsaw Autumn Festival in Poland.
For many years Arunas Šlaustas has worked together
with Danielius Praspaliauskis. Pianist, keyboardist and composer is familiar
for both jazz and academic music audience. He is a laureate of various
national and international pianist contests, has performed recitals, and
has worked with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the contemporary
music ensemble Ex Tempore. The musician began to play jazz at the
Lithuanian Academy of Music with Vladimir Chekasin's Big Band. He played
piano in The New Lithuanian Trio, and in Danielius Praspaliauskis
Quartet and Dixieland. Arunas Šlaustas does no only perform music - he
composes and experiments, looking for new jazz and academic music combinations.
Lithuanian jazz lovers remember the results of such "experiments"
by his Eklektiškasis Bolero (the Eclectic Bolero), which
he performed during Vilnius Jazz'95 Festival and Ciaccona that
they had a chance to listen to during Vilnius Jazz'99.
Vytautas Mikeliūnas is a concertmaster of St.Christopher's
Orchestra, but the sound of his violin is also familiar for jazz audience.
His is a known academic musician: despite his work at S.Christopher's
Orchestra, the violinist plays in the String Quartet, arranges jazz compositions
and initiates jazz projects. He studied jazz at Vladimir Chekasin's. Even
in 1981 he performed with Kestutis Lushas ensemble (participated at Vitebsk
Jazz Festival); later he joined Vytautas Labutis Octet, performed with
Skirmantas Sasnauskas, A.Gurinavichius, and Arunas Šlaustas; the musician
has participated at various jazz festivals in Lithuania and abroad. Recently,
Vytautas Mikeliūnas began to perform with his own ensembles.
Vladislav Borkovski plays bass in the Quintet.
He is a constant member of Dainius Pulauskas Sextet. The musician began
to play jazz in 1985, at Vladimir Chekasin's Students' Ensemble. Since
then he has performed with various Lithuanian jazzists, such as Skirmanas
Sasnauskas, Danielius Praspaliauskis, Juozas Milashius, Dalius Naujokaitis,
Petras Vyshniauskas, Liudas Mockūnas, etc. He participates at various
Lithuanian jazz festivals, and has also performed during jazz festivals
in Europe and Asia.
Darius Rudis, the drummer of the group also performs
with Jan Maksimovich Quintet.
Danielius Praspaliauskis and Arunas Šlaustas Quintet has prepared for
the Festival a composition - suite that comprises various improvised themes
and combines the past and the present.
© Jūratė Kučinskaitė
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