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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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Various Artists: Live at the M/Darbnīca Vol.1

Read "Live at the M/Darbnīca Vol.1" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius


In 2017 a boom happened in Latvian and Baltic jazz history with the coming of Jersika Records, an independent jazz and improvised music record label. Since then, the Riga-based label has been delivering top-notch music records each year. Focusing mainly on Latvian musicians and bands with occasionally occurring exceptions such as Estonia-based American trumpeter Jason Hunter ...

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Ascetica

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Organum; Neural Flandres; Oratorium; Prophetica; Penumbra; O Grande Definhador; Omnitonalia; Arcanorum; Amethist Shot; Mysteria.

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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley


Dom Omladine / MTS Dvorana Belgrade, SerbiaOctober 24-29, 2023 Following the financial turbulence of 2022's Belgrade Jazz Festival, this year's edition, the 39th, resounded with a sturdier sureness, getting back to a confident momentum. Its programme was as reliably impressive as ever, particularly in the quality of its international bookings. We ...

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Vestard Shimkus / Endless Roar: Acclivity

Read "Acclivity" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius


Endless Roar is one of the most vivid bands in the recent Latvian improvised music scene. Formed in 2014 the trio, saxophonist Arvydas Kazlauskas, double bassist Stanislav Yudin and drummer Jachin Pousson, ventured through various genres (e.g. ambient, electroacoustic, rock etc.) before diving into free improvisation. In 2021 Endless Roar met up with internationally acclaimed classical ...

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The Young Immigrants: Head Borders

Read "Head Borders" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius


The Young Immigrants is a sextet led by Lithuanian double bassist, composer and one of the most intriguing Lithuanian musicians, Aurelijus Užameckis. In 2021, he released jaw-dropping double bass solo debut album Signals (CRRNT). Apart from Užameckis, musicians from various corners of Europe play in the band. All of them are united by Copenhagen, the city ...

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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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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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