Karolis Šarkus - saxes
To this day the group members have played in the Made in 234, the jazz quintet of Balys Dvarionas School of Music established in 2012, and now they make their debut as a quartet.
The group has fascinated the audiences of Vilnius Mama Jazz, Birštonas Jazz, Druskininkai Jazz Marathon and Latvia’s Saulkrasti Jazz. Last year the quintet Made in 234 garnered the Grand Prix of Vilnius Jazz Young Power, and this summer – the best group prize in Târgu-Mureş Student Jazz Festival in Romania, where they were the youngest participants.
Jazz master Vytautas Labutis’ disciples are virtuosos and outstandingly educated. They already have won prizes in young performers’ chamber and jazz competition Sąskambiai, captured Grand Prix in the Pavasario trimitai competition in Plungė, appeared at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic and many more scenes.
The members of the Gone4Square appear as soloists and sidemen, garner prizes in competitions.
Vilnius Jazz Young Power scene will present their original collective composition Not Really a Ballad.
Saxophonist Karolis Šarkus enjoyed the patronage of M.Rostropovich Charity Foundation Support to Lithuanian Children for two years.
The young talent enlarges his award collection every year. He was a four-time winner at the National Juozas Pakalnis Competition for Young Performers. In recent years he was also successful in international competitions – National Accents in Music, Kaunas Sonorum, as well as Algirdas Budrys Wind Instrument Competition for Soloists. Past summer Karolis participated in a workshop in Italy, where he received four-year scholarship to study at the Berklee Music College in Boston (USA).
Pianist Artūras Daunys earns recognition on both jazz and academic music scenes. He is the winner of Balys Dvarionas Study Competition Young Virtuosos and recipient of Grand Prix as well as a winner in three Music Without Borders international competitions.
The list of his awards includes first prize in Jazz Fountain international competition, Grand Prix in Don Chento Jazz competition and first prize in the National Chamber Ensemble Festival Classic and Jazz. He has appeared in Latvian, Russian and German festivals.
Bassist Nojus Drąsutis won first prize (with jazz ensemble led by Oleg Molokojedov) in Don Chento Jazz international jazz competition in Kaliningrad as well as Music Without Borders international competition. Last year the ensemble recorded their debut album.
The bassist hones his skills in master classes, follows international jazz news. He is also interested in film.
Drummer Jonas Filmanavičius became the winner of the National Juozas Pakalnis competition. Several years ago he has captured the Grand Prix at the Music Without Borders competition, and won first prize in Don Chento Jazz competition. The performer has taken part in master classes in Lithuania and abroad.