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

Bete Smate

Lithuania

Žygimantas Bačkus - g
Augustas Genutis - b
Domantas Razmus - dr

The group formed two years ago with an intention to embody and promote their creative ideas. Patt Espasreng coached them for the competition. In the competition finals Bete Smate will perform a collective composition.

Žygimantas Bačkus is a versatile and subtle performer at ease in a full spectrum of music traditions and styles – from early jazz and bebop to free jazz, fusion, hip-hop, funk and R&B. He is flexible in applying any of the above in improvisation.

In 2017, Žygimantas earned first prize in jazz and classical music categories in Gitarų šėlsmas (Guitar Riot) competition. He has appeared in Klaipėda Castle Jazz, Vilnius Mama Jazz and Kaunas Jazz festivals.

Augustas Genutis started his music studies at the Stasys Šimkus Conservatoire in Klaipėda. Currently he studies bass guitar at the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies in the Vilnius College.

The bassist composes and collaborates with representatives of diverse music styles in Vilnius and other cities of Lithuania. He has appeared in Klaipėda Jazz, Kaunas Jazz, Vilnius Jazz and Vilnius Mama Jazz festivals, won third prize in the bass category in the international competition Gitarų šėlsmas’17 (Guitar Riot’17).

Domantas Razmus earned Bachelor Degree in Jazz from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2017. Since 2012, he has regularly collaborated with renowned Lithuanian jazz masters and representatives of other genres including Dmitry Golovanov, Kęstutis Vaiginis, Vytis Nivinskas, Vytis Smolskus, Arman Isojan and Klaudijus Štuopinis.

In 2012, as a member of R.A.D.D. Razmus won Grand Prix at the Vilnius Jazz Young Power competition, and in 2016 claimed the same award with TDT. In 2017, he garnered first prize at the Tamsta Drumday competition.

Razmus has accumulated an extremely wide pool of expression means. His vocabulary includes elements of pop, funk and fusion, traditional jazz, hard rock and punk rock. Occasionally he tries his hand in avant-garde and free jazz experiments.

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