Veronika Čičinskaitė-Golovanova - voc
The collective was established in 2010 by Dmitrij Golovanov, a faculty member at the Jazz Department of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. The ensemble involves jazz vocalists well known in jazz circles. Initially formed as a requirement of the syllabus of the school, the Quintet gained such a huge recognition among listeners and pedagogues that it was decided to continue its activities.
This year Singaz made a debut at the Birštonas Jazz Festival, appeared in “Jazz Voices” in Klaipėda.
The Quintet presents Vytautė Pupšytė’s Human Language.
Veronika Čičinskaitė-Golovanova honed her skills at the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar (Germany) in 2010, and the following year took part in Bobby McFerrin master classes in Estonia.
In 2008, Veronika won second prize at the “Džiazo fontanas” (“Jazz Fountain”) competition for young jazz performers, in 2009 captured third prize at the “Jazz Voices” international competition.
The singer collaborates with many renowned jazz masters such as Dmitrij Golovanov, Artūras Anusauskas, Vytis Nivinskas and Darius Rudis, as well as with jazz project The Ditties, and her own Veronika ChiChi Quartet. Last year she also appeared in a contemporary opera premiere at the New Opera Action festival.
In her childhood Vytautė Pupšytė has dreamt to become an opera soloist, but having gotten fascinated with Ella Fitzgerald recordings she chose a different path.
The singer is active on both jazz and alternative music scene. She is a co-founder of Jing’a’ling with which she won “Garažas” (“Garage”) competition organised by Tamsta music club, appeared in “Tamsta muzika 2010”, “Vilnius Mama Jazz 2010”, “Kaunas Jazz 2011” and Elektrėnai jazz festivals, as well as “Sostinės dienos” (“Capital Days”), toured in France, Russia and Latvia.
Last year with Danish group Lada de Lux the singer took part in “Ostersojazz” international jazz festival in Bornholm Island, toured in Germany, Finland and Belarus.
The soloist also collaborates with Andrej Polevikov Jazz Quartet, has initiated a number of joined projects.
Jekaterina Pranevič won Grand Prix at the Mūza Baltic countries younger performers competition (2003 and 2005).
She does not only sing, but also compose music performing it with Volumetears and Jazz Pink Jan. Song “SHE” performed by duo Volumetears was used for a soundtrack of 2 Cups Of Yoghurt, a short film by Audrius Mickevičius.
Jekaterina collaborates with Lithuanian music celebrities including Egidijus Buožis, Dmitrij Golovanov, Vytis Nivinskas, Artūras Chalikovas, Darius Rudis and Andrej Polevikov, is a member of Fajerlech. As a partaker of various collectives she appeared in Birštonas and Nida festivals, performed in Russia and Finland.
Raimonda Vaičiūtė earned Bachelor Degree in Vocal from the Klaipėda University, where she studied under Steponas Januška. In 2009-2010, as a participant of Erasmus program the singer honed her skills at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Poland; here she also formed a jazz quintet with Polish musicians. In 2011, she earned a degree in social studies from the Kaunas University of Technology.
In 2008, Vaičiūtė claimed second prize at the “Jazz Voices” international competition in Klaipėda and Grand Prix at the “Sony Jazz Stage” in Riga. The same year she collaborated with Latvian team in presenting her programme in “Rigas Ritmi” international music festival, and became a finalist at the “Lady Summertime” international female jazz vocalists’ competition in Finland. In 2011, the soloist won Grand Prix at the “Nomme Jazz” international competition for jazz vocalists in Estonia.
With Jazz Stile, Funk U and Klaipėda Big Band Raimonda appeared in various jazz festivals in Lithuania, collaborated with Turkish musicians at the Nardis Jazz Club in Istanbul. 2010 saw the premiere of her musicale (Un)Happy People.
Currently Raimonda works with Tutti Frutti and international collective Raymme Quintet. In addition, she teaches at the Jazz Department of the Klaipėda University.
Kristina Svolkinaitė graduated from the Klaipėda University where she studied jazz vocal with Steponas Januška. As a participant of an exchange program, she also studied at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in the Netherlands.
In 2007, she won Grand Prix at the “Sony Jazz Stage” in Latvia, and claimed second prizes in both “Nomme Jazz” (Estonia) and “Jazz Voices” (Klaipėda) international competitions. The following year she earned second prize in the “Lady Summertime” international female jazz vocalists’ competition in Finland, and won Grand Prix at the “Jazz Voices” competition.
With various formations Svolkinaitė appeared in a majority of festivals in Lithuania including “Kaunas Jazz”, “Vilnius City Jazz”, and “Christopher Summer Festival”. She has collaborated with Dixieland DixXband and Tomas Leiburas Orchestra, in 2002-2011 was a regular soloist with the Šiauliai Big Band. She also performed in Nardis Jazz Club in Turkey.