29th Vilnius Jazz Festival. 13-16 October, 2016

Infiltrators

Lithuania

Dmitry Golovanov - p, keyb
Jan Maksimowicz - sax
Arkady Gotesman - dr, perc

This Trio can be described in three words – inventive, creative and perfectionist. An attempt to frame their music into a genre would mean a depreciation of the miracle of their refined improvisation emerging here and now. This process cannot be repeated, halted and explained. However, the most important thing is that the audience becomes an inseparable part of their universe.

The biographies of the Trio’s members are impressive. Besides appearing as soloists, they play significant roles in projects of diverse trends.

Dmitry Golovanov, one of the most interesting and dynamic Lithuanian jazz pianists of younger generation, has been active on Lithuanian jazz scene for more than a decade.

In 2007, the musician has garnered Vilnius Jazz Young Power Grand Prix, the following year won the International Jazz Improvisation Competition in Vilnius, and in 2015 reached the finals of the European Jazz Competition in Rotterdam.

Dmitry is well schooled in jazz traditions and enjoys stepping beyond – he revels in free jazz, experiments with electro-acoustic music.

Golovanov got jazz basics at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, later furthered his education in Mendelssohn-Bartholdy University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig. The pianist’s skills, his expressive and melodious phrasing appeal to Lithuanian and foreign jazz masters who invite Dmitry to take part in various projects.

He has collaborated with Brothers Brills (Russia), Annie Kierulff and Anders Andersson (Denmark); is a member of Liudas Mockūnas’ NuClear, partakes in international formations Beat Freisen Spelunkenorkester (Germany-Lithuania-Taiwan) and Swilit (Switzerland-Lithuania).

In 2012, together with saxophonist Kęstutis Vaigins he formed Tree Stones jazz quartet uniting Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian musicians. Dmitry intensively tours with and composes for the Quartet.

One of Dmitry’s recent creative passions is a unique duo with percussionist Arkady Gotesman – a vehicle for spontaneous improvisations ensuing from acoustic percussion, keyboard melodies and live electronics. Sometimes the duo’s exotic jazz is complemented with poet Rolandas Rastauskas reading of his own poems.

With various groups Golovanov appeared in European jazz festivals including London Jazz (Great Britain), Pori Jazz (Finland), Brugge Jazz (Belgium), MOL Jazz (Hungary), Leipzig Jazz and Jazz in Semper Opera (Germany), Jazz Jamboree (Poland) and Schleswig-Holstein festival (Germany), performed in Greece, Spain, Georgia, the Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia and Estonia.

According to Golovanov, in terms of expression mean possibilities no other instrument can be compared with the keyboard and piano.

Saxophonist, composer, group leader and pedagogue Jan Maksimowicz is one of the most exciting Lithuanian jazzmen of young generation. He has stepped on the jazz scene in 1996 and made his debut as a composer and leader of his quintet in 2002. Subsequently he has presented intriguing programmes with his trio, quartet and group Riot in all major jazz festivals in Lithuania.

In his projects the saxophonist also employs electronics, likes experimenting with musicians of younger generation, partakes in unorthodox formations and collaborates with academic musicians. Recently, he has focused on playing in Leonid Shinkarenko’s quartet Jazz 4 N.

Maksimowicz has collaborated with many a Lithuanian jazz celebrity including Petras Vyšniauskas, Vytautas Labutis, Vladimir Chekasin, Dainius Pulauskas, Olegas Molokojedovas, Liudas Mockūnas, Arkady Gotesman, Vytis Nivinskas and Marijus Aleksa to name but a few.

He took part in a number of international projects including Baltic Asteroids and Anatoly Vapirov’s Mirror of Memory, teamed-up with Swiss trio Vein, Tim Daisy, Byron Wallen, Jaroslaw Bester, Grazyna Auguscik and the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. The musician has toured in Moldova, Finland, Greece, the USA, Switzerland and Sweden.

Maksimowicz serves as a lector at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

For three decades Arkady Gotesman, one of the most resourceful and versatile Lithuanian jazz percussionists and composers, has been captivating the audiences with his intriguing ideas and collaborations with artists of various other medias.

He composes, records and performs music for theatre, writes scenarios for musical performances and installations, organises projects with dancers, writers, actors and visual artists, appears in personal shows. Poet Rolandas Rastauskas is one of Gotesman’s stage partners. Both artists have recorded album J. Brodsky in memoriam.

Gotesman has a gift of discovering new venues for jazz in periphery and enriching his projects with the participation of the world’s jazz luminaries. He has collaborated with exponents of various trends including Roland Dahinden, Vladimir Volkov, Vyacheslav Gaivoronsky, Arkady Shilkloper, Julian Joseph, John Zorn, Jack Siron, Frank London, Anthony Coleman, Charles Gayle, Tim Daisy, Joey Baron, Barry Guy, Dominic Duval, Dave Douglas, Albert Beger, Martin Küchen, Mark Tokar, Warren Smith and Andrew Lamb.

In Lithuania the percussionist has regularly been working with Vyacheslav Ganelin, Petras Vyšniauskas, Vladimir Tarasov, Liudas Mockūnas, Dainius Pulauskas, Tomas Kutavičius, Mindaugas Vadoklis, Saulius Petreikis and many other Lithuanian jazz masters. He also collaborates with Vilnius Jazz Orchestra and ACCOsax Freeminded trio, and other formations.

Gotesman is an enthusiast of silent movies, as a taper with various international musicians he promulgates the genre in Lithuania. The percussionist plays not only jazz, but also contemporary academic music. He has performed world premieres of works by Osvaldas Balakauskas, Anatolijus Šenderovas, Zita Bružaitė and Šarūnas Nakas among others. Moreover, he is the founder and member of Vilnius Klezmer Orchestra and organiser of the Klezmer Music Festival in Vilnius, an artistic director of Šeduva Percussion Festival and the founder of Theatrum solius quadri.

In 2015, Gotesman was presented with Vilnius Jazz Award for contributions to Lithuanian jazz. 

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