Apolinaras Dubauskas – tp
The Sextet was formed for this competition, but some of its musicians have been playing together in other projects for years.
Apolinaras Dubauskas, a student at the Syddansk Musikkonservatorium (Danish National Academy of Music), invited fellow Danes and active participants of the Lithuanian improvised music scene, students of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT), to play together.
For the competition the ensemble prepared the leader’s original composition The Best Title, which was recognised by the jury as the best in the first round of the competition.
Lithuanian trumpeter, composer and improviser Apolinaras Dubauskas graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and currently studies jazz and composition at the Syddansk Musikkonservatorium, performs extensively with various ensembles both in Lithuania and abroad, and composes music for them.
He is a laureate of many national and international competitions, including the J. Pakalnis Young Performers (3rd prize), the Trumpet Talents in Tallinn (1st prize), and the Wind Orchestra Competition in Palanga (1st prize).
With the bands Uprising Tree, Melted Core, Miško gyventojai, he has successfully performed in the competitions for young music groups – Garažas, Platforma and Loftas Novus. Last year, the trumpeter took part in the Šiauliai Jazz Festival with his Danish quintet Labas Vakaras.
Currently he is also active in Jens Ozmetz Quintet, Camilla Jakobsen’s and Kacper Skolik’s quartets, the groups Mood Sellers and VaTaipVat.
Mėta Gabrielė Pelegrimaitė, flutist and bassist, studies contemporary music and improvisation at the LAMT, specialising in free improvised music, but also performs with and composes music for bands of different styles.
She performs in the Improdimensija and Naujo Airlines orchestras, the trio Fleitų 3 and other free improvised music projects and ensembles, as well as gives solo performances. She has been invited by composer Arturas Bumšteinas and other performance artists to join their projects.
Mėta has participated in the Improdimesija series, the contemporary music festivals Jauna muzika and Druskomanija, the underground festival Braille Satellite and Malmö’s experimental music festival Intonal, has appeared at Vilnius Jazz on several occasions, and in 2019 reached the finals of Vilnius Jazz Young Power with the trio I’m Out.
Since 2022, she has been hosting the radio show Random Order on START FM.
Klaudija Indriliūnaitė started playing the electric guitar at Saulius Sondeckis Gymnasium of Arts in Šiauliai, and later studied jazz guitar at Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy. In 2018, she enrolled in the Contemporary Music/Improvised Music Program at the LAMT, and during her studies, she attended masterclasses with many of the greats of free improvised music.
While still a student, Klaudija began to take part in the Improdimensija series and the Improdimensija Orchestra. In 2019, she made it to the finals of the Vilnius Jazz Young Power competition with the band I’m Out.
She has also played in the bands Niranjana, Kosmonautic, The Last 2 Brain Cells, and has appeared in the festivals Master of Calms, Braille Satellite, Jauna muzika, Muzikos ruduo, and Vilnius Jazz, as well as other cultural projects.
Danish guitarist Jens Ozmec is interested in combining different media and genres. He performs with various bands in Denmark and has also played on Lithuanian jazz scenes. His latest project is a soundtrack for strings, guitar and percussion for a Japanese horror film, and a quintet album in preparation for release.
Danish double bassist Rasmus Emil Hegner Nielsen is currently completing his Master’s degree at the Syddansk Musikkonservatorium, teaching and performing in a wide range of genres and styles, from rock and funk to jazz, musicals and orchestral music. He says he does not refuse any offers that come his way. They have taken the improviser to other countries such as Slovakia and Canada.
Danish drummer and composer Jesper Lørup Christensen graduated with a Master’s degree from the Jazz Department of the Danish National Academy of Music in Odense and immediately became involved in many international projects. Last year, his Alma Mater awarded him a scholarship to develop his career abroad.
The drummer has already performed with various bands in the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia and Lithuania. In our country, he has toured with the Estonian jazz pianist and composer Rahel Talts’ Quartet.
In the last couple of years, Christensen has recorded almost ten albums with international ensembles, including the Quartet of Lithuanian saxophonist Donatas Petreikis.
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