Liudas Mockūnas – soprano, tenor and bass saxophones | Dmitrij Golovanov – piano and keys | Marijus Aleksa – drums | Vytis Nivinskas – bass on tracks 5, 6 | Darius Rudis – drums on track 7
All compositions by Liudas Mockūnas (KODA) except track 1 by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis “Diptych” VL 295, tracks 2 and 8 by Liudas Mockūnas and Marijus Aleksa (LATGAA), track 5 by Dmitrij Golovanov (LATGAA)
All music recorded by Arūnas Zujus. Tracks 1, 2, 7 and 8 recorded at MAMAstudios in Vilnius 2011, track 4 recorded at Jazz Kablys Club in Vilnius 2011, tracks 3, 5 and 6 recorded at M.K. Čiurlionis Gymnasium Theatre Hall in 2008. Mixed by Arūnas Zujus, Liudas Mockūnas and Dmitrij Golovanov in 2011. Mastered by Arūnas Zujus in 2011. Produced by Liudas Mockūnas. Executive producer Danas Mikailionis. Co-producer Valerij Anosov
Tracklist: 1. Prelude 7’07” 2. Prelude Variation 1 2’39” 3. The Cursed (Prelude Variation 2) 4’07” 4. The Dark Side / The Bright Side (The Bright Side is Dedicated to Andrew Hill) 11’22” 5. How to Earn Money 7’43” 6. Elephant Tango 5’52” 7. Drop it 8’24” 8. Take it 3’29”
This is the first album
of this trio with my homeland musicians. The music balances in between impro and composed, between heavy and beautiful, between jazz and whatever… I’v been playing most of these tunes with different ensembles of mine during the last 6 years, but they have never been released for different reasons. I realised – to be able to move on you really have to finish your unfinished work… Here it is. Enjoy! — Liudas Mockūnas
born in1976, has received his MA from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre under Vladimir Chekasin and a master in jazz performance from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. In 2000 he and the Danish drummer Stefan Pasborg founded a group called Toxikum. Their album of the same title in Denmark was hailed Jazz Discovery of the Year 2004. He has received the Lithuanian daily newspaper “Lietuvos Rytas “prize for cultural activities in 2004, “Talent” prize from “Rhythmic Music Conservatory” friends in 2005, “Vilnius Jazz” festival prize in 2006,” Birstonas Jazz “2008 and Lithuanian Musicians Union “Golden Disc” 2008. He is a co-leader of bands “Pasborg-Mockunas “Megaphone”” featuring Marc Ducret and Paul Brousseu,”Revolver”, “Traffic Quartet”, “Red Planet”, member of the Copenhagen Art Ensemble and has collaborated with Marc Ducret, Mats Eilersten, Mark Solborg, Mats Gustaffson, Barry Guy, Andrew Hill, Arkady Gotesman, Valerijus Ramoska, Eugenijus Kanevicius, Vladimir Chekasin, Vladimir Tarasov, Jaak Sooaar, Piere Dorge and his “New Jungle Orchestra”, Ibrahim Electric, Pasborg’s Odessa 5, Arvydas Malcys, Giedrius Puskunigis, Linas Rimsa, Linas Paulauskis, Anatolijus Senderovas, Ensemble “Nepaklusnieji”,Lithuanian National Simphony Orchestra, Krilovy Hradec Symphony Orchestra, Mikko Innanen, Tuomas Ojala, Jarko Hakala, Marku Ounaskari, Jeff Arnal, Dietrich Eichmann, Jacob Anderskov, Nils Davidsen, Jakob Riis, “Ok Nok Kongo”, “Swinging Europe Big Band”, new music ensemble “Gaida”, trio “Fliis”, “Big Bombastic Collective”, Jonas Muller, Jonas Westergaard, Simon Toldam, Mads Hyhne, Edwin Wieringa, Scott Colley, Ryoji Hojito, Nasheet Waits, Staffan Svenson, Mike Svoboda, … Mockunas teaches at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy Jazz department, is one of the founders of Lithuanian Jazz Federation, runs a record label No Business Records which produces improvised music records.
Keyboardist and pianist is skilled in both acoustic piano and electronic keyboards; he is also at ease with modern sonorities and technologies. Quickly making headway in jazz world, the pianist has strong technique; is versatile, constructive and emotional at the same time. Well-grounded in rich history of jazz, the young musician is developing his own style, revealing both his pensive and witty nature. Performing on jazz scene for more than ten years, Dmitrij Golovanov is actively involved in Lithuanian jazz life; collaborates with Lithuanian jazz masters. His repertoire ranges from jazz classics (with Big Bands) to original creative (with group Riot). The pianist graduated from B. Dvarionas School of Music, studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, and F. Mendelssohn Collage of Music and Theatre in Leipzig. He has been a prize-winner in several competitions, appeared in a number of festivals and concerts, and recorded several CDs. Currently, he collaborates with Janas Maksimovičius, Liudas Mockūnas and group Riot; also plays in Leipzig based unconventional international formation Beat Freisens Spelunkenorchester (formed in 2006), comprised from traditional jazz trio and string quartet. As its regular member, Golovanov recently has appeared in festival Leipzig Jazz Tage 2007. His keyboards are also featured in Magic Mushrooms, last year’s laureate of Vilnius Jazz Young Power. Having graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre as a jazz performer and teacher, Dmitrij Golovanov has joined its faculty this year. In his participant’s application for Vilnius Jazz Young Power Dmitrij Golovanov has described his motivation as “overmastering inner desire”. At the final round he presents his composition Infected. — © Jūratė Kučinskaitė
appeared on the professional music scene at the age of thirteen playing in “Vilnius jazz festival 1999” and “Birstonas jazz festival 2000” with a well known Lithuanian jazz piano player Oleg Molokojedov. Till now he played in all Lithuanian jazz festivals with all Lithuanian jazz stars like Vladimir Chekasin, Petras Vysniauskas, Liudas Mockunas, e.t.c. He also played in some jazz festivals abroad and collaborated with a famous Swiss jazz bass player Herbie Kopf. In the year 2004 Marijus Aleksa started to play with one of the most famous pop groups in Lithuania called “SKAMP”.
An influential figure among Lithuanian jazz musicians, double bassist Vytis Nivinskas demonstrates mature musical thinking, rich and expressive sound, vivid and active articulation, flexible and tuneful melodic lines. He developed an interest in music rather late. Fascinated with jazz he traded studies of philosophy at Vilnius University for double bass. Emerging on jazz stage in 1994, the bassist has not take long to acquire a solid experience as he played with leading Lithuanian jazz musicians, participated in numerous jazz, rock, classical and contemporary music projects. Vytis Nivinskas is a creative personality who has initiated such exclusive projects as “Coltrane Impressions” (2000, his debut as band leader) and an international group “Baltic Asteroids” where he played during his studies in the USA and revealed himself as a composer. Recently he is performing with the groups “Saga” and “Riot”, composing and teaching. — (c) Jūratė Kučinskaitė
born in 1982 is a young drummer, acclaimed for his skillful and versatile performance, is making headlong progress. Sensitive accompanist plays wide range of styles from flamenco and Latin (with El Quadro) to modern jazz (with Artūras Anusauskas’ group) and fusion (with Jazz Brothers). Darius Rudis studied accordion and percussion at the Balys Dvarionas School of Music, graduated from the Vilnius Conservatory, and currently studies percussion with Arkady Gotesman at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Despite his young age, Darius Rudis is an experienced musician. He made his debut in 1999 and soon has earned reputation of one of the best drummers in Lithuania. Currently Darius Rudis is one of the busiest Lithuanian drummers, playing in groups led by the foremost Lithuanian jazz musicians, such as Dainius Pulauskas, Leonid Shinkarenko, Vytautas Labutis, Arūnas Šlaustas, Jan Maksimowicz, Artūras Anusauskas, Egidijus Buožis, Artūras Chalikovas. The drummer also appeared in international projects with Alexi Tuomarila, Anatoly Vapirov, took part in jazz festivals in Lithuania and abroad including Pori Jazz 2004 (with Jan Maksimowicz Quartet). Recently Darius Rudis has primarily performed with Tune Up, Mutabor, El Quadro, and in quartet with Eugenijus Kanevičius, Eduardas Armonas and Baiba Skurstene. Besides his performing career, Darius Rudis is on a faculty at the Vilnius College. — © Jūratė Kučinskaitė
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