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The group was formed two years ago. Last year it made its debut at the Vilnius Jazz Young Power competition, proceeded to the finals and earned prize for the most mature interpretation of jazz standard. Kaff is searching for its identity and hopping to some day step into the wide world of jazz. Last year the collective appeared in Vilnius Mama Jazz, this year – JazzOn in Tallinn and Saulkrasti jazz in Latvia.
For the finals the group has chosen Donata Januševičiūtė’s Departure.
Pianist Donata Januševičiūtė graduated from M.K. Čiurlionis National School of Arts and currently is a third-year student at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Having earned recognition at the national piano competitions, she participates in various master classes, music camps and jam sessions, as a pianist and singer works with jazz, soul and pop music projects in Lithuania, Latvia and Germany, composes and arranges.
In 2009–2011, the pianist played and sang in her group Synchro mates, appeared at the Sea Fest in Klaipėda with the group she formed in AGATA camp. In 2012, she honed her skills in Brass & Jazz international study program in Riga, appeared in Sluškai Palace Art Festival with a duo Ladies in Jazz. Past summer she took part in Lithuanian Youth of Jazz project in Broma Jazz festival in Kėdainiai. Presently, as an Erasmus student she furthers her education at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hannover.
In addition to focusing on solo performance and group Kaff she plays in The Jam Fam and Da’Frontin.
Saxophonist Donatas Petreikis started as a pianist, but later graduated as a saxophonist from the J. Tallat-Kelpša Conservatoire. Currently, he studies the saxophone at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
He has appeared in many festivals including Tai – aš, Thomas Mann, Senamiesčio žiogas, Sostinės dienos, Tebūnie naktis, Vilnius live, Wilno w Gdansk, Sankt Petersburg Days. He mainly works with Saulės broliai, where he plays guitar and sings; also collaborates with Da’Frontin and Jazz 4.
Kristijonas Doveika studied trumpet at M.K. Čiurlionis National School of Arts and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Presently, he is preparing for entrance exams in London. He regularly takes part in master classes, appears in festivals, and collaborates with various international ensembles.
In 2010, as a member of the Big Band of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre he took part in Birštonas Jazz festival. Recently, he has regularly collaborated with Despotin Fam.
Bassist Dovydas Mindaugas Buidovas studies in pop music program at the Art Department of the Vilnius College. He participates in various jazz, funk, soul and R&B projects; was a member of funk group Time’s In.
In 2011, the bassist was a laureate of Sąskambiai 2011 international competition. In 2012, he collaborated with Jazz brothers in Elektrėnai Jazz Festival.
Drummer Jonas Butvydas graduated from Balys Dvarionas Music School and currently studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 2010, as a duo Dauleou with saxophonist Manvydas Pratkelis he garnered the main prize at the Vilnius Jazz Young Power competition.
The drummer has collaborated with G&G sindikatas, Sounds in G and Ball & Chain, and currently works with Messiah Goes Mad Orchestra, Despotin Fam, Kaff, The Big Bang Band, A.K. Voices, Disco Roots Live Project, BA Live asnd Repo seniai.
As a member of various collectives Butvydas appeared in Satta Outside, Galapagai, Tamsta muzika, Karklė, Vilnius Jazz, Vilnius Mama Jazz, Kiemas Jazz and many other festivals.