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Lupa: Koki // Sketches of Trees

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Lupa is a Latvian four-piece band. Their music fluctuates between funk, soul, electronic and jazz. In 2019 Lupa released their warmly welcomed debut album, Sequences and Consequences (Jersika Records, 2019). Koki // Sketches of Trees is the follow-up. The album features eleven tracks with a heavy electronic influence. The band follows its debut aesthetic ...


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The Young Immigrants: Head Borders

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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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Ten Ka: Sonic Geometry - Structures, Patterns And Forms

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Ten Ka means “fire of the sky" in Japanese. It's the project of composer and multi-instrumentalist Deniss Pashkevich, who is one of the leading figures on the Latvian jazz scene. Some see him purely as part of the John Coltrane tradition but this is not the whole story. While Pashkevich definitely is an adherent ...


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Svetlost + Odron Ritual Orchestra: A Wave Returns to the Ocean

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South-Eastern Europe isn't a place jazz fans often consider. It's time to change old habits. Svetlost, one of the finest North Macedonian trio, debuted in 2014, and in late 2021 returns with a second collaborative album, recorded at the Skopje Jazz Festival in 2020. A Wave Returns to the Ocean steps in ...


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Oak Birches & Klaipėda Jazz Orchestra: Bon Bon Paris

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Bon Bon Paris brings together two Lithuanian collectives—free jazz trio from Kaunas, Oak Birches, and a less free collective Klaipėda Jazz Orchestra. The album has two compositions, the author of which is the Oak Birches member and one of the leading Lithuanian avant-garde musicians and composers, Arnas Mikalkėnas. Nevertheless, as linear notes state, each member of ...


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Aurelijus Užameckis: Signals

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Signals is a debut solo album from one of the most promising Lithuanian double bassists, Aurelijus Užameckis, who recently graduated from Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He is a member of jazz rock band Džiazlaif and also a leader of the international ensemble, The Young Immigrants. During his career Užameckis has shared the stage ...


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Karolis Šarkus: Palette of Feelings

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Karolis Šarkus is a promising young Lithuanian jazz saxophonist who is well aware of European and American jazz traditions. He is a co-founder of the traditional sounding collective Collaborative Jazz Septet. However, Šarkus cannot be described as a die-hard adherent to tradition. On the contrary, his compositional style is mainly characterized by expanding jazz boundaries beyond ...


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Mindaugas Stumbras: Inspirations

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Mindaugas Stumbras is a leading jazz guitarist of Lithuanian scene who has much of potential to be broadly acclaimed by international community. He graduated from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow in 2019, and he has already played and toured internationally not only with the well known Lithuanian fusion jazz band Brave Noises, but ...


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Liudas Mockūnas & Arvydas Kazlauskas: Purvs

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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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Juozas Milašius / Tomas Kutavičius / Dalius Naujokaitis and Lithuanian Young Composers Orchestra: Live at Willisau, 1993

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Juozas Milašius, Dalius Naujokaitis-Naujo and Tomas Kutavičius were the most provocative figures on the Lithuanian scene in the 1990s. Playing bebop or following the Ganelin Trio tradition was not the their thing back then (and it is not in 2021 either). They played passionately and intensely and beyond genre boundaries. Stories about destroyed pianos and audiences ...


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