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

Džiazlaif

Lithuania

Kazimieras Jušinskas – as,ss
Arminas Bižys - as
Danielius Pancerovas - bs
Aurelijus Užameckis - db
Ignas Kasikauskas – dr

This alternative music group formed a year ago. Its nucleus involves members of Katarsis4 saxophone quartet.

Džiazlaif musicians, except the double bassist, study at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT). They already have appeared in the Vilnius Jazz Young Power competition.

All quintet members contribute to their original repertoire. They present Bandyso collective composition for the competition finals.

Kazimieras Jušinskas started his music studies at the Alytus Music School, played in Alytus Youth Symphony Orchestra; was a winner of Juozas Pakalnis Competition. Infected with jazz, the saxophonist furthered his studies at the Vilnius Conservatoire, was a member of Magic Time and the Conservatoire Big Band, took part in MIDI rock opera.

Currently, he studies at the LAMT; is a member of Džiazlaif, The Septet and Katarsis4 saxophone quartet. Expert of soprano and alto saxophones he took part in Vilnius Mama Jazz, Kaunas Jazz and Peronas Jazz.

Arminas Bižys is a winner of Juozas Pakalnis Competition. He started his music education at the Vilnius Conservatoire. Currently, he studies at the LAMT.

Playing baritone and alto saxophones the musician collaborates with diverse formations. He is a member of Katarsis4 saxophone quartet, Džiazlaif, Miško Gyventojai, Syneasthesis contemporary music ensemble, and the Lithuanian Interior Ministry Representative Wind Orchestra.

Danielius Pancerovas got involved with jazz while at the Stasys Šimkus Conservatoire in Klaipėda. However, since the school does not offer jazz studies he studied independently.

Together with Klaipėda jazz orchestra and Funk in he appeared in Klaipėda Castle Jazz Festival, and collaborated with the LAMT Big Band in Kaunas Jazz and Vilnius Mama Jazz festivals.

Currently, the saxophonist is a member of Katarsis4 and The Septet, takes part in various art projects in Lithuania and abroad.

Aurelijus Užameckis is a representative of jazz and classical music scenes. He is a winner of national competitions. He appears in festivals on both platforms – Gaida, Be Stogo, Kaunas Jazz and Peronas Jazz.

The double bassist has honed his skills in master classes led by Petru Iuga, Wolfgang Harrer, Miloslav Jelínek and Božo Paradžik.

Currently, he is actively involved with jazz and improvised music projects, teams up with the artists from different fields. Together with Agata Langai ensemble he recorded an album Langai į.

Even though Ignas Kasikauskas started drumming only in his teens, he felt that this is his calling right away. He studies at the LAMT, has taken part in master classes in Italy, Denmark and Finland.

Ignas collaborated with many a renowned jazz performer including Arkady Gotesman, Eugenijus Kanevičius, Tuo Razmumi and Arnas Mikalkėnas. He appeared in Vilnius Mama Jazz, Kaunas Jazz, Peronas Jazz, Saulkrasti Jazz Festival, Roma Summer Jazz Festival.

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