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Arkady Gotesman

Arkady Gotesman is one of the most resourceful Lithuanian percussionists. In addition to playing jazz, he performs contemporary academic music, writes scenarios for performances and installations, composes, records and performs music for theatre, silent film taper, collaborates with dancers. Arkady Gotesman teaches drums at Jazz Department of Vilnius Academy of Music and Arts.

Gotesman’s percussion can be heard in Oskaras Koršunovas’ theatre productions, and Anatolijus Šenderovas’ ballet Desdemona, choreographer Loreta Juodkaitė’s production “To Disobey”. Together with actress Dalia Michelevičiūtė he designed a theatre project “The Station in the City N” by W.Szymborska’s poetry. The percussionist collaborates with writers; his music is featured on a CD with essayist Rolandas Rastauskas’ poems. Inspired by J. Brodsky’s poems he recorded solo album J. Brodsky in memoriam.

Recently, the percussionist has been preoccupied with theatrical vocabulary. In 2010, Gotesman invited his audience to his first one-man play “The Story of the God’s Man”. He is a script and music writer as well as actor in this play. 2011 together with visual artists Linas Liandzbergis and Artūras Valiauga he presented his new project “Percussion Postcards”. . In 2011 yet different kind of theatre can be found in his jazz and Yiddish music quartet in which he teams up with singer Rafailas Karpis, pianist Darius Mažintas and saxophonist Petras Vyšniauskas. Recently, he collaborated with actor Arūnas Sakalauskas in a musical reading “The Last Prophet of Vilnius”, 2012.

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