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



Dominykas Norkūnas – g

Simonas Kaupinis – tb

Ignas Kasikauskas – dr

The LAMT graduates have been playing in this collective for half a year. With various partners they already took part in all major jazz festivals in Lithuania as well as in Operomanija, Druskomanija, Sacrum Profanum and other events.

Last year both the guitarist and the drummer appeared in the finals of the VJYP competition with Mantvydas Pranulis’ trio “Parxess600”. In this years’ competition Dominykas Norkūnas will introduce his new trio and his original composition Silly Boots.

Dominykas Norkūnas started his music studies at the Ąžuoliukas School of Music, later continued his education in the Rhythmic Music Department at the University of Applied Sciences, as an “Erasmus” student he honed his skills at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg (Denmark). Last year the guitarist graduated from the LAMT, where he earned Master Degree in contemporary music and free improvisation.

Dominykas plays in various formations of improvised music, free jazz, funk and noise music, takes part in various festivals and collaborates with actors.

After graduating from Balys Dvarionas Music School Simonas Kaupinis entered the LAMT as the tuba student. As an exchange student he honed his skills in Gioachino Rossini Conservatoire in Italy. This year, he earned Master Degree in contemporary music and improvisation at the LAMT.

The tuba player plays in various ensembles of free improvised music, collaborates in projects with composers, and takes part in jazz and academic music festivals in Lithuania and abroad.

Even though Ignas Kasikauskas started drumming only in his teens, he felt that this is his calling right away. He studied the drums at the Vilnius Conservatoire and also the LAMT. In addition, the drummer has taken part in master courses in Italy, Denmark and Finland.

Ignas is at home in a wide range of music – from pop- to free jazz. He has collaborated with many a renowned jazz performer including Arkady Gotesman, Eugenijus Kanevičius, Tomas Razmus and Arnas Mikalkėnas. He has appeared in Vilnius Mama Jazz, Kaunas Jazz, Peronas Jazz, Saulkrasti Jazz Festival and Roma Summer Jazz Festival, toured in Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, Russia and other countries.

In 2017, as a member of “Džiazlaif” the drummer won Grand Prix of the VJYP competition, and this year will seek the award with two groups – “I’m Out” and “Kanalizacija”.  

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