35th Vilnius Jazz Festival. 13-16 October, 2022

Tadas Dešukas and "Baisios stygos"

Tadas Dešukas and "Baisios stygos" (Lithuania):

Tadas Dešukas – vln
Paulius Volkovas – g
Vytis Nivinskas – db
Vytis Vainilaitis – dr

Baisios stygos is a new phenomenon on the alternative club music scene of Lithuania. Formed in Spring 2010, the ensemble already earned a reputation of one of the most interesting live performing Lithuanian groups.

Considerably experienced musicians manoeuvre adventurously in territories of diverse genres and traditions leaving no indifferent ones to their unorthodox thinking and technical mastery. Baisios stygos draws inspiration from various tendencies in jazz, folklore, rock, and the 20th-century academic and alternative music.

For Vilnius Jazz audience the ensemble presents program featuring original compositions and arrangements of works by renowned composers.

Famed for his talent as an improviser, Tadas Dešukas studied violin at the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art (graduated in 1999) and the Rhythmic Music Department at the Vilnius College of Higher Education (2004–2009).

In 1997, the violinist earned diploma in the National Domas Svirskis Young Performers Competition, and in 2006 was voted the best instrumentalist of Vilnius Jazz Young Power.

In various projects Dešukas has teamed up with various performers of jazz, electronic, popular and classical music including Vytautas Mikeliūnas, Vladimir Chekasin, Arvydas Jofė, Leonid Shinkarenko, Eugenijus Kanevičius and Povilas Jaraminas. He has appeared in jazz festivals in Birštonas, Nida, Šiauliai and Vilnius, performed in Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Portugal and Poland among other European countries. The violinist has recorded for the Lithuanian Radio.

Paulius Volkovas started playing guitar independently, later studied with Jonas Jurkūnas and Valdas Grendas. Currently, he continues his education in the Fine Art Faculty at the Vilnius College of Higher Education.

The guitarist began participating in festivals and competitions quite a while ago. In 2006, his trio claimed first prize at the Jazz Fountain festival in Panevėžys. The same year his group’s arrangement was voted the best at the Vilnius Jazz Young Power where he also claimed second prize together with Magic Mushrooms. In 2008, Magic Mushrooms was ranked the best funk group in the Alternative Music Awards. Recently, the guitarist has been devoting his creative energies mainly to Magic Mushrooms and Left Eye Right.

Volkovas appeared in Dalius Naujokaitis’ projects, worked with Eugenijus Kanevičius, Dmitrij Golovanov, Liudas Mockūnas and Darius Rudis among other jazz masters. He also collaborates with lindy hop dancers.
With various collectives the guitarist took part in Vilnius Jazz, Kaunas Jazz, Nida and Birštonas jazz festivals, appeared in Germany, Poland, Turkey and Latvia.

Vytis Nivinskas graduated from Vilnius Conservatoire, earned Bachelor Degree from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT), and continued his education at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Denmark and DePaul University in Chicago (USA).

The double bassist has been playing jazz, rock, academic and contemporary music in Lithuania and abroad for more than a decade. He has collaborated with bands led by Vladimir Chekasin, Olegas Molokojedovas and Artūras Anusauskas, took part in Petras Vyšniauskas’, Arkady Gotesman’s, Vladimir Tarasov’s, Linas Rimša’s, Arūnas Šlaustas’ and Vytautas Mikeliūnas’ projects, appeared in jazz festivals in Denmark, Germany, the USA, Sweden, the Netherlands, Moldova and Russia.

While living in the USA (2001-2005) the double bassist played with many musicians from Chicago and New York City including Nobu Stowe, Bill Brimfield, Jim Baker, William Perry, Kenny Wollesen, Dalius Naujokaitis and groups like The Trapeze Unit and Baked Beans. Together with saxophonist Rimvydas Paulikas he co-founded the Baltic Asteroids band in Chicago.

Since 2005, Nivinskas has taught at the Vilnius College of Higher Education and the LAMT. In addition to his personal projects, he has been performing with a number of formations including Saga, Riot and alternative music group Pieno lazeriai, and collaborating with theatre actors.

Vytis Vainilaitis studied at the Karoliniškės Music School, Juozas Tallat-Kelpša Conservatoire in Vilnius and Manheim University of Music and Performing Arts (Germany). Currently, he studies drums under Arkady Gotesman at the LAMT.

The drummer has been participating in Lithuania’s music life for more than a decade. He has appeared in over ten different projects, collaborated with a great number of Lithuanian jazz and pop music celebrities. Vainilaitis has performed in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Germany, France, Spain, Hungary, Slovenia and the USA.

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