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Liudas Mockūnas

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Liudas Mockunas Lithuanian reed player (born in 1976) during the last years has become an important figure on Lithuanian jazz scene, is a representative of a young Lithuanian jazz generation, he is a mature and experienced musician who has played in many parts of Europe, USA, Israel, Turkey and China. Mockunas graduated from Lithuanian Musical academy in 2002 MA degree and Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen in Denmark in 2005, MA degree. He has won several classical competitions in Lithuania and Latvia. Together with trio M.A.P: Jacob Anderskov (piano) and Stefan music in Poirtiers, France

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Article: Live Review

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by John Sharpe


Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival National Drama Theater Lithuania May 27-29, 2022 Introduction It's a little known fact that Lithuania has more jazz festivals per capita than any other country. Prominent among them is the Mama Jazz Festival, held annually amid the baroque beauty of the capital Vilnius. And it says something ...

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Purvs

Label: Jersika Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Atavaras; Gilluwā; Taka; Madla; Urwan; Duobe; Deja; Drugys; Turbs; Šmekla; Zilās Sūnas; Strāuwa; Gyvatyne; Kupsts

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Nox

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Multa Dies; Multa Nox; Multa Lux.

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Article: Album Review

Liudas Mockūnas / Arvydas Kazlauskas: Purvs

Read "Purvs" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you need evidence that the very first musicians, our evolutionary ancestors, made sounds to imitate nature, Purvs may be the proof. The Latvian and Lithuanian saxophonists Arvydas Kazlauskas and Liudas Mockūnas made two recordings, one in an open air Latvian bog marsh which makes up the first LP of this release and the second LP ...

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Article: Album Review

Nate Wooley / Liudas Mockunas / Barry Guy / Arkadijus Gotesmanas: Nox

Read "Nox" reviewed by John Sharpe


Nox presents a four-piece uniting two of Lithuania's finest improvisers, reedman Liudas Mockunas and drummer Arkadijus Gotesmanas, with two world class instrumentalists, trumpeter Nate Wooley and bassist Barry Guy. Recorded at the 2019 Improdimensions Festival in Vilnius, the limited edition LP (also available as a download) contains three collectively sculpted tracks, demonstrating a unity of purpose ...

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Article: Album Review

Liudas Mockūnas & Arvydas Kazlauskas: Purvs

Read "Purvs" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius


Purvs is a collaboration between two outstanding Lithuanian saxophone players, Liudas Mockūnas and Arvydas Kazlauskas. Despite being friends for a long time they have never played together before. The album was made in two parts. The first recording took place in the autumnal splendour of Latvian marshland, the second in an ampitheatre made of ...

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Improdimensions

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Improdimension I Parts I-III; Improdimension II Parts I-III.

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Article: Album Review

Agustí Fernández / Liudas Mockūnas: Improdimensions

Read "Improdimensions" reviewed by John Sharpe


As one of Lithuania's premier improvisers, reedman Liudas Mockūnas has partnered an enormous array of visiting luminaries over the years. The duet is a favored format which has seen the multi-instrumentalist in tandem with bassist Barry Guy, drummer William Hooker and guitarist Marc Ducret, just to name those documented on NoBusiness Records. Here ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ambrose Akinmusire, Omri Zeigele, Adam Caine & More

Read "Ambrose Akinmusire, Omri Zeigele, Adam Caine & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


When a highly respected saxophonist like David Binney recommends a young up-and-coming musician, I tend to pay attention. Los Angeles trombonist Logan Kane and his Nonet live up to the tip on his new Nope, Science, one of the featured new releases hitting this week. Also of great interest are albums from the much-admired trumpeter Ambrose ...


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