Formed two years ago, group Untitled unites five like-minded students of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, and the Vilnius College of Higher Education.
Guitarist Karolis Jančenkovas is the group’s leader, composer and generator of ideas. He is the composer of the original composition Op. 2 No. 1 presented for the competition. The guitarist works with Black Coffee, with which he took part in Brodvėjus Star 2006 and was nominated the best instrumentalist. This year he earned public prize at the Gitarų šėlsmas (Guitar Riot) competition.
Attentive jazz listeners have been observing a talented trumpeter Vytautas Skudas for a while. He made his debut in Vilnius Jazz in 2000 with Jazz Pictures, the youngest group ever to appear in the festival. Currently, student at the Vilnius College of Higher Education, Vytautas Skudas graduated from the B. Dvarionas School of Music and Vilnius Conservatoire. The trumpeter has appeared in Vladimir Chekasin’s project April Charon’s Pizza, presented at the Birštonas Jazz Festival 2006. He also collaborates with Eduardas Armonas, and Vytis Nivinskas among others.
Saxophonist Nojus Jurkus, a graduate of E. Balsys Gymnasium of Arts in Klaipėda and Vilnius Conservatoire, studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Always in search the saxophonist has collaborated with jazz group In Search and oriental music group Bhakti; together with Eduardas Armonas participated in Petras Lisauskas’ dance and music improvisation project. As a member of various projects he has performed in Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Estonia and India.
Bassist Domas Žostautas, student at the Vilnius College of Higher Education, has worked with various rock, jazz, pop music groups and projects, appeared in Vladimir Chekasin’s project April Charon’s Pizza, played in Black Coffee, participated in alternative music festival Antipop 2005 in Šiauliai. As a member of Curtain of the Rain he became a laureate of the first Vilnius Jazz Young Power competition.
Drummer Marius Leiburas studies at the Vilnius College of Higher Education. He worked with groups No Problem, The Chemicals, FJC! Project; recently has been involved in various jazz projects.
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