29th Vilnius Jazz Festival. 13-16 October, 2016
Weekend Guitar Trio Other performers:
Weekend Guitar Trio (Estonia):

Robert Jürjendal - guitar, e-bow, looper, Roland VG-8
Tõnis Leemets
- guitar, e-bow, looper
Mart Soo
- guitar, guitar synthesizer, e-bow, looper, Roland VG-8

Weekend Guitar Trio (WGT) was formed in 1993 after Robert Jürjendal's participation at a Guitar Craft Course in Germany.

It consists of 3 guitarists: Robert Jürjendal, Tõnis Leemets and Mart Soo, with backgrounds in classical guitar/Guitar Craft method, progressive club music/electronic music, and jazz/free improvisation, respectively.

WGT produces composed and improvised music for 3 electric guitars & live electronics; it has performed at jazz festivals in Estonia, Finland, France, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Sweden; contemporary music festivals in Tallinn, Estonia and Lüneburg, Germany; and at a guitar competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, where it won the 1st prize in the 'jazz and contemporary' category.

Recordings

WGT has 4 albums to their credit and is featured on many more. The Estonian Radio and Estonian state TV have produced numerous programs about the Weekend Guitar Trio. The music of WGT has also been on air on the BBC and other European radio stations.

Collaborations

WGT has played on stage with top Estonian DJs and the British DJ-duo 'Spring Heel Jack', percussionists, players of traditional instruments ('kannel' /zither and bagpipe) and vocalist Priit Lehto. In 2002 WGT started to work with the Gregorian chant ensemble Vox Clamantis. In 2003 WGT played several concerts with David Rothenberg (clarinet, live electronics) and John Wieczorek (percussion) from USA.

Compositions

WGT has performed 'La Speranza' by Swiss composer Giancarlo Nicolai with an international guitar orchestra; also pieces by Estonian composers Tõnu Kõrvits, Anti Marguste, Jaan Rääts, Mirjam Tally and Toivo Tulev, written specially for the Weekend Guitar Trio. In 1999 the new music festival 'NYYD' commissioned works from all 3 members of WGT; in 2002 young composers from Lüneburg, Germany, wrote new pieces for the group.

The Press Says:

"The biggest surprise of the festival was the Weekend Guitar Trio; incorporating an arsenal of effects, a variety of extended techniques and a few choice pieces of peripheral hardware, the WGT created striking soundscapes that lingered in the mind long after their set was over."
(Bill Shoemaker, JazzTimes)

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