31st Vilnius Jazz Festival. 11-14 October, 2018
Milašius Power TrioDarius Čiuta Vilnius Jazz'2003
Milašius Power Trio & Darius Čiuta (Lithuania):

Juozas Milašius
- guitar, pc
Skirmantas Sasnauskas
- trombone
Arkady Gotesman
- drums
Darius Čiuta
- pc


The stylistics of Vilnius Jazz festival in
Lithuania is the most distinctively realised by
Juozas Milašius.

The guitarist, composer and the author of various performances became famous as the most uncompromising Lithuanian jazzman, who in his music has experimented both the total free, the capacities of noise, and alternative ways of noise production, provoking with this either decisive sympathies, or categorical opposition.


V.Milašius showed on jazz stage in 1986 with P.Vyšniauskas' quartet. The musician participated in V.Chekasin's, V.Labutis', V.Tarasov's, T.Kutavichius' and other ensembles, performed with the drummer D.Naujokaitis, played solo and experimented in various genres. His love for guitar the musician declared in 1989, when he gathered the ensemble Gitarmanija (Guitarmania), and in 1998 with his project for four guitars Auksinės Gitaros (Golden Guitars). J.Milašius has performed with various bands in Russia, Italy, Poland, Estonia, Germany, Switzerland, and Norway. A year ago, together with S.Sasnauskas' quartet performed in the cultural program of Frankfurt Book Fair.

Having for the second year complemented his instrumentation with computer, recently J.Milašius has played a lot together with the creators of experimental electronic music, including the guest-musician of the Festival Darius Čiuta. Last year the guitarist presented his first solo CD, which he called j.m.eilė; this year one of the compositions from this album is played in Japan, between the nineteen pieces of art by audio artists from all over the World, in Love Solid Möbius, the alternative music collection, released by Flying Swimming. This summer J.Milašius together with Darius Čiuta and Kouhei Matsunaga, the famous Japanese minimalist and industrial electronic music creator, presented the mentioned collection by concerts in Lithuania.

This summer the new J.Milašius' band with permanent jazz partners - Milašius Power Trio - were successfully performing in Austria at Artacts'03 festival. On Vilnius Jazz stage the artist of sound Darius Čiuta will join the trio.

For many years J.Milašius was a friend and a colleague of the old-timer of jazz stage, trombone player Skirmantas Sasnauskas, whose concert in 1987 in the hall of the Academy of Sciences opened the introductory page of the history of Vilnius Jazz festivals. Since then the musician became known as a representative of experimental jazz, the one who fuses jazz and academic music, one of the most distinguished creators of ethnic jazz and a singer Skirmantas Sasnauskas has performed with almost all the most famous Lithuanian jazz musicians, played in great many European countries; many Lithuanian jazz performers, who are currently well-known played and were matured as professionals in his bands.

S.Sasnauskas is a diverse musician: various jazz styles, beginning with traditional jazz, free, fusion, jazz & folk and jazz & academic music synthesis and avant-garde experiments exist in his horizon. The musician became famous by his unique style that creatively exploits the elements and timbres of Lithuanian folk elements. S.Sasnauskas was very specially acknowledged for his creative application of Lithuanian folk elements and timbers (in 1992 he was awarded the Grand Prix of Birštonas jazz festival for the project Laumių Sekmės (Wtches' Tales) that was performed together with folk ensemble Vydraga). S.Sasnauskas is a soloist of the LRT (Lithuanian Radio & Television) Big Band; V.Tarasov's LAO, D.Praspaliauskis' Diexilend, a member of Ex Tempore ensemble, a teacher at LMA (Lithuanian Academy of Music).

The drummer Arkadij Gotesman constantly co-operates with J.Milašius as well. A member of D.Pulauskas' sextet, for more than decade co-operates with P.Vyshniauskas and V.Ganelin, used to play in Trimitas, Oktava, G.Abarius' trio; the musician played in the projects with Ch.Bauman, R.Dahinden, J.Siron, V.Volkov, V.Gaivoronski, Fr.Studer and with almost all Lithuanian jazz masters. As a soloist and a member of various ensembles, the percussionist has played at various different jazz festivals in Europe and Asia; he participated when producing lots of various records. Besides his performing on jazz stages, A.Gotesman composes music for theatre, writes screenplays for music performances and installations, works with creators-actors of various different genres, representatives of modern dance, and symphony orchestras.

Diring this festival Darius Čiuta, who is debuting on jazz festival stage, will join Juozas Milašius Power Trio. He is an architect by education and he is interested in contemporary sound design capacities that broaden the definition of music. D.Čiuta constantly participates in sound-related art projects. He is one of the founders of noise music in Lithuania, recently the musician has become interested in new trends of electronic music, such as: click&cut, micro-sound, sound design, conceptual sound expression. His compositions were performed not only on Lithuanian experimental electronic music stage, but also during the festival Jauna Muzika (Young Music). One of the compositions of PC "interviewer" Darius Čiuta also is recorded in Love Solid Möbius, the already mentioned collection of alternative music.

A separate composition project of Milašius Power Trio prepared for Vilnius Jazz festival reflects aesthetic principles of the leader. Its essence is to implement the principles of jazz improvisations in electric-acoustic music. It is not a spontaneous performing in a literate meaning of the word. Here sounds a number of prepared recordings, which are played with during the performance, this way having created a unique sound collage, in which all the members of the ensemble become equal creators of music space.

© Jūratė Kučinskaitė

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