Dovydas Stalmokas - sax
The group formed in spring of this year just before Vilnius Jazz Young Power. Active in diverse music styles, its members are among the most promising and professional musicians of their generation. For the competition final round the Quartet presents Pancake No. 1 by Dovydas Stalmokas.
Dovydas Stalmokas started his music studies with his father Sigitas Stalmokas at the music school in Gargždai. He graduated from Stasys Šimkus Conservatoire in Klaipėda, where he studied with Rolandas Visgaudis. Currently, he is Petras Vyšniauskas’ student at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
The saxophonist has appeared in Lithuania’s main jazz festivals, took part in Dalius Naujokaitis’ and Kęstutis Vaiginis’ projects, collaborated with Petras Vyšniauskas, Arkady Gotesman and Vytis Nivinskas among other Lithuanian jazzmen. Noteworthy is D. Stalmokas’ project Dedication to Ornette Coleman, presented at the Lithuanian Jazz Federation concerts.
Paulius Volkovas started playing guitar independently, later studied with Jonas Jurkūnas and Valdas Grendas, and continued his education at the Art Department of Vilnius College.
The guitarist began participating in festivals and competitions while still a student. In 2006, his trio claimed first prize at the Džiazo fontanas festival in Panevėžys. The same year together with Magic Mushrooms he earned second prize at the Vilnius Jazz Young Power. In 2008, Magic Mushrooms was ranked the best funk group in the Alternative Music Awards. Recently, P. Volkovas has been devoting his creative energies mainly to Magic Mushrooms and Left Eye Right.
P. Volkovas appeared in Dalius Naujokaitis’ projects, worked with Eugenijus Kanevičius, Dmitrij Golovanov, Liudas Mockūnas, Darius Rudis among other jazz masters. He also collaborates with lindy hop dancers.
With various collectives the guitarist appeared in Germany, Poland, Turkey and Latvia.
Mykolas Bazaras enjoys playing bass guitar and double bass in his spare time. He graduated as a pianist from Juozas Naujalis Music Gymnasium in Kaunas. Since he was a child, Mykolas has been performing as a piano duo with his brother Motiejus.
He garnered recognition in international piano competitions in Romania, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as a soloist appeared with Kaunas Chamber Orchestra and Student and Pupil Joint Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he studies piano with associate professor Zbignevas Ibelhauptas at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
Highlights of his jazz career include appearance in trio with his brother Motiejus and Ąžuolas Paulauskas, working in Dalius Naujokaitis’ Naujo Atomic Orchestra as well as collaboration with Baiba’s Groove House. M. Bazaras appeared in REsound electronic music project, worked with UAB Music pop music group and Baltic Salsa Orchestra.
Gediminas Augustaitis’ first instrument was piano, but having become fascinated with jazz he entered Juozas Gruodis Conservatoire in Kaunas where he studied with the percussion master Arvydas Joffė. He honed his skills with Darius Rudis at the Popular Music Department of Vilnius College.
Currently, Gediminas studies under Arkady Gotesman at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He has spent one semester at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.
G. Augustaitis has earned success in various competitions. In 2003, in a percussion duo with his brother Mantas Augustaitis he garnered second prize in Vilnius Young Jazz Soloists and Ensembles Competition. In 2006, his jazz trio became the winner of Džiazo fontanas International Competition.
The drummer has played in Magic Mushrooms since its formation and was instrumental in all of its achievements. In Vilnius Jazz Young Power 2006, he was recognised as an arranger – his jazz standard arrangement was ranked the most original. In 2008, G. Augustaitis earned second prize in Drum Day drummers’ competition, organised by Tamsta club in Vilnius.
G. Augustaitis has collaborated with a number of Lithuanian jazz masters including Artūras Anusauskas, Eugenijus Kanevičius, Arkady Gotesman, Dalius Naujokaitis, Artūras Chalikovas, Liudas Mockūnas, Dmitrij Golovanov, Janas Maksimovičius and Vytis Nivinskas. He also works with Skamp and Fusedmarc.
As a member of various formations G. Augustaitis toured in Austria, Poland, Russia, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and Belarus.