Jan Maksimovich Quartet (Lithuania):
Jan Maksimovich - ss, ts, programming
Dominykas Vyniauskas - tp, flhn
Dima Golovanov - keyboards
Darius Rudis - dr
Saxophonist Jan Maksimovich, who represents the
Young Generation of Lithuanian jazz, appeared on jazz stage in 1996 and
last year debuted as a leader and since then he already became known by
his perfectionism. Currently the musician deservedly is called one of the
most distinguished Lithuanian jazz saxophonists.
J.Maksimovich studied at B.Dvarionas' ten-year music school, Vilnius conservatoire
and Lithuanian Academy of Music, in P.Vyniauskas' class. He used to participate
and receive excellent awards at various contests: in 1994 in the J.Pakalnis'
contest; in 1999 during the competition of the Best Lithuanian Saxophonists
in Klaipeda he was awarded the Grand Prix; in 2000 during the International
Saxophonist Contest Brilliant Note 2000 in Latvia he received the
Third Prize, and during the International Junior Jazz Performers' Contest
in Klaipeda in 2000 he was acknowledged the best one. The saxophonist has
performed with famous Lithuanian jazz musicians: V.Labutis, P.Vyniauskas,
O.Molokojedov, D.Pulauskas, A.Anusauskas, D.Praspaliauskis, A.Shlaustas,
A.Gotesman, V.Nivinski, etc. As a member of various ensembles he participated
in various jazz festivals both in Lithuania and abroad. J.Maksimovich plays
solo, participates in various music projects with the performers of jazz
and academic music: in 2000 with Polish Chamber Orchestra (leader.Z.Levickij)
he gave concerts in Czech Republic and Lithuania, in 2002 he played in a
festival, called e-muzika, where the saxophonist performed a composition
by L.Paulauskis Gyvojo Vandens Maina (Life Giving Water Machine),
performs with the organist V.Neugasimov. The saxophonist also works as a
tutor: he teaches at Vilnius conservatoire.
A year ago J.Maksimovich presented during Vilnius Jazz festival his
quintet, where played the old-timers of Lithuanian jazz stage. The new band
of J.Maksimovich consists of young Lithuanian jazzmen. The Quartet began
to form this year, when the saxophonist offered a couple of students of
the Academy of Music to try spontaneous improvisation. In a couple of months
the band grew into J.Maksimovich trio, which in June participated in Lithuanian
Days in Greece. From spontaneous improvisation the band transformed into
the current expression, and, with P.Vyniauskas having joined the team,
from trio it grew into Jan Maksimovich Quartet. This cast also has
some concert experience: in the summer they played in the music festival
organised by the Polish Institute.
For Vilnius Jazz festival the Quartet prepared the program of unique
compositions, the essence of which is free improvisations, having
constantly digressed to poly-stylistic expression, integrated bop,
drum'n'bass, etc. trend and style elements.
Recently the trumpetist of Jan Maksimovich Quartet, Dominykas
Vyniauskas has become more active and distinguished on jazz stage.
Currently he is a student of the Lithuanian Academy of Music. D.Vyniauskas
used to study in M.K.Chiurlionis Gymnasium of Arts and Klaipeda S.Shimkus
Conservatoire. In 2001 during the J.Pakalnis Young Performers Contest the
trumpetist won the second prize.
On jazz stage D.Vyniauskas debuted at the age of seven with P.Vyniauskas'
Quartet, during Birtonas'88 festival. In 1992 with V.Chekasin's
children jazz band gave concerts in Germany and Junior Jazz Festival
in Vilnius. In 1997 in Paris, in Central UNESCO Headquarters improvised
under V.Bartulis works; this concert was presented by CNN in many
different countries. The trumpetist became more involved and interested
in jazz when he studied in Klaipeda.
D.Vyniauskas participated at Birshtonas (1988, 1998, 2000), Kaunas (1999,
2000), Klaipeda Pilies (1999, 2001) Vilnius Band (2002, 2003),
Vilnius Mama Jazz (2002), Minsk (2002), Junas (2002, France) jazz festivals.
D.Vyniauskas concert biography also includes a number of international
projects: last year he performed in Vapirov's Big Band (during Vilnius
Mama Jazz festival), this year he played with I.Bril in Belarus, with
Estonian Dream Big Band in Estonia and the organist David Tim, and
in late August the trumpetist played with Mezkal Jazz Unit in France.
The keyboardist of the quartet Dmitrij Golovanov
is a rapidly progressing young jazz musician. D.Golovanov graduated from
B.Dvarionas' music school and studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music
(teacher A.Anusauskas). Having appeared on jazz stage with Jazz Pictures
ensemble he performs with a number of famous Lithuanian jazz masters. The
twenty-year-old pianist has already participated in a number of different
international jazz festivals, such as: Junior Jazz (1997, 1999, 2001,
2003), Birshtonas (2000), Kaunas (2001 and 2002), Vilnius (2001 and 2002),
and Minsk (2003 in project with brothers Bril) festivals. This year D.Golovanov
performed in Athens, during the Introduction of European Union Candidate
States. In 2001 during the National Young Jazz Musician Contest in Vilnius
D. Golovanov became the winner in keyboard instrument category; in 2002
together with The Jazz Pictures band he won the second prize in Junior Jazz
Band Contest in Vilnius. The musician together with Jazz Pictures band released
Good stage experience also has Darius Rudis, the
drummer of the quartet. He used to study at B.Dvarionas' music school, Vilnius
Conservatoire; currently he studies in the Lithuanian Academy of Music.
D.Rudis performs with the famous Lithuanian jazz musicians, including D.Pulauskas'
sextet, L.Shinkarenka quartet and septet, V.Labutis' ensemble, D.Praspaliauskis
and A.Shlaustas' quintet; the musician has participated at various jazz
festivals in Lithuania and abroad. Currently D.Rudis has extensively performed
with J.Maksimovich, A.Chalikov and Tune Up trio.
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Umezu / Masahiko Satoh
Kazutoki Umezu - alt sax, soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Masahiko Satoh - jazz pianist, composer, arranger
Manfred Leuchter - accord.
Heribert Leuchter - sax
Christoph Titz - trumpet
Antoine PŘtz - b, guitar
Afra Mussawisade - dr
Fredrik Nordstr÷m - ts,
Magnus Broo - tp,
Mattias Stahl - vib,
Filip Augustson - b,
Fredrik Rundqvist - dr
Myra Melford - piano, harmonium
Cuong Vu - trumpet
Stomu Takeishi - bass
Elliot Humberto Kavee - dr
Power Trio & Darius ╚iuta
Juozas Milaius - g
Skirmantas Sasnauskas - trombone
Arkady Gotesman - dr
Darius ╚iuta - pc
Saadet TŘrk÷z - voc
Urs Leimgruber - sax
Jason Swinscoe - key, electronics
Phil France - double bass
Luke Flowers - dr
Steve Brown - key
Patrick Carpenter - turntables
Tom Chant - sax, horn
Michael Gassman - trumpet
Vincenzo Mingiardi - guitar
Roberto Bonati - double bass
Roberto Dani - drums