29th Vilnius Jazz Festival. 13-16 October, 2016

Vein feat. Jan Maksimovic

Vein feat. Jan Maksimovic (Switzerland/Lithuania):

Michael Arbenz – piano
Thomas Lähns – double bass
Florian Arbenz – drums
Jan Maksimovich – saxophone

The jazzmen present their third joined project in Lithuania. Praised for buoyant imagination, wide artistic horizons and daring artistic endeavours the musicians have discovered the vocabulary enabling their improvised musical stories.

Since its formation in 2006, the trio Vein has enjoyed critical accolades. The ensemble keeps mesmerising the audiences with resourceful ideas, which it carries out with great virtuosity and inspiration.

On stage, the brothers Arbenz and T. Lähns are equal partners, as intriguing in teaming as in soloist renderings. They are capable of imbuing new flavour even to George Gershwin’s worn melodies – the trio’s CD Porgy & Bess has earned enthusiastic reception in music circles.

Having received academic education these musicians draw inspiration from jazz of the ‘30s-‘60s. They have recorded seven albums, collaborated with such American jazz luminaries as Greg Osby, Dave Liebman and Glenn Ferris, German saxophonist Wolfgang Puschnig and many other luminaries.

In addition, the trio’s members perform as soloists and on academic music scene. They had the honour to collaborate with a number of contemporary music celebrities including conductors and composers Peter Eötvös, Pierre Boulez and Heinz Holliger.

Winner of national and international competitions Jan Maksimovic is one of the most exciting Lithuanian saxophonists, also a composer and pedagogue. Since stepping on the jazz scene in 1996, he has kept bringing unconventional projects to Lithuanian jazz scene every several years.

Maksimovic made his debut as quintet’s leader and composer in “Vilnius Jazz 2002”. Subsequently he has presented intriguing compositions with his trio, quartet and group Riot. He has brought personal programmes to all major jazz festivals in Lithuania.

In his projects the saxophonist also employs electronics, likes experimenting with musicians of younger generation, and partakes in unorthodox formations including trio with accordionist Raimondas Sviackevičius and percussionist Arkady Gotesman.

Maksimovic has collaborated with many a Lithuanian jazz celebrity including Petras Vyšniauskas, Vytautas Labutis, Vladimir Chekasin, Dainius Pulauskas, Olegas Molokojedovas, Liudas Mockūnas, Vytis Nivinskas, as well as younger colleagues such as Dmitry Golovanov and Marijus Aleksa. He took part in a number of international projects including Baltic Asteroids and Anatoly Vapirov’s Mirror of Memory, toured in Poland, Moldova, Finland, Greece and the USA.

Since 2002, Maksimovic has taught at the Vilnius College of Higher Education, the Vilnius Conservatoire and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

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Vein feat. Jan Maksimovic

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