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The group formed just before the competition, but its members are not jazz scene novices. Ambitious musicians collaborate in various projects with their peers. “VR Quartet” decisions are collective – there is no leader in the group.
For the finals they will also present a collective composition Willie’s Bounce.
Deimantas Balys has studied at the Vilnius Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg (Denmark). Later furthered his education in the Rhythmic Music Department at the University of Applied Sciences. This year he earned Master Degree in contemporary music and free jazz from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT).
The guitarist has played in different groups including “Soul Syrup”, “Such’a’Trip”, “TribalVibe”, “Diama” and “Maneuver”. However, his most significant achievement is “D.Jurevičius Group”.
Last year this collective captured Grand Prix at the Vilnius Jazz Young Power competition and this year will make the competition guest appearance under a new name “Castor Stetson”.
Vilhelmas Rudys has graduated from Stasys Šimkus Conservatoire in Klaipėda and the University of Applied Sciences in Vilnius. He collaborates in various projects.
Vainius Indriūnas currently studies in the Department of Arts and Creative Technologies at the University of Applied Sciences. This year he was voted the best bassist at the Gitarų šėlsmas competition; claimed the first and the second prizes at the Novus 19 competition, where he appeared with “Juzt” and “John’s Shower Band”.
Martynas Stoškus has studied at Stasys Šimkus Conservatoire in Klaipėda, later continuing in the Department of Arts and Creative Technologies at the University of Applied Sciences in Vilnius from which he earned Bachelor Degree.
He has worked in “Ethnic Waves”, “Phrenetix”, “String of Earth” and “Bete Smate”, appeared in Kaunas Jazz, Birštonas Jazz and Devilstone 2019 festivals.